Spy: The Inside Story of How the FBI's Robert Hanssen Betrayed America

Spy: The Inside Story of How the FBI's Robert Hanssen Betrayed America

David Wise / Sep 21, 2019

Spy The Inside Story of How the FBI s Robert Hanssen Betrayed America Spy tells for the first time the full authoritative story of how FBI agent Robert Hanssen code name grayday spied for Russia for twenty two years in what has been called the worst intelligence di

  • Title: Spy: The Inside Story of How the FBI's Robert Hanssen Betrayed America
  • Author: David Wise
  • ISBN: 9780375758942
  • Page: 165
  • Format: Paperback
  • Spy tells, for the first time, the full, authoritative story of how FBI agent Robert Hanssen, code name grayday, spied for Russia for twenty two years in what has been called the worst intelligence disaster in U.S history and how he was finally caught in an incredible gambit by U.S intelligence.David Wise, the nation s leading espionage writer, has called on his uniqueSpy tells, for the first time, the full, authoritative story of how FBI agent Robert Hanssen, code name grayday, spied for Russia for twenty two years in what has been called the worst intelligence disaster in U.S history and how he was finally caught in an incredible gambit by U.S intelligence.David Wise, the nation s leading espionage writer, has called on his unique knowledge and unrivaled intelligence sources to write the definitive, inside story of how Robert Hanssen betrayed his country, and why.Spy at last reveals the mind and motives of a man who was a walking paradox FBI counterspy, KGB mole, devout Catholic, obsessed pornographer who secretly televised himself and his wife having sex so that his best friend could watch, defender of family values, fantasy James Bond who took a stripper to Hong Kong and carried a machine gun in his car trunk.Brimming with startling new details sure to make headlines, Spy discloses the previously untold story of how the FBI got the actual file on Robert Hanssen out of KGB headquarters in Moscow for 7 million in an unprecedented operation that ended in Hanssen s arrest how for three years, the FBI pursued a CIA officer, code name gray deceiver, in the mistaken belief that he was the mole they were seeking inside U.S intelligence The innocent officer was accused as a spy and suspended by the CIA for nearly two years why Hanssen spied, based on exclusive interviews with Dr David L Charney, the psychiatrist who met with Hanssen in his jail cell than thirty times Hanssen, in an extraordinary arrangement, authorized Charney to talk to the author the full story of Robert Hanssen s bizarre sex life, including the hidden video camera he set up in his bedroom and how he plotted to drug his wife, Bonnie, so that his best friend could father her child how Hanssen and the CIA s Aldrich Ames betrayed three Russians secretly spying for the FBI including tophat, a Soviet general who were then executed by Moscow that after Hanssen was already working for the KGB, he directed a study of moles in the FBI when as he alone knew he was the mole.Robert Hanssen betrayed the FBI He betrayed his country He betrayed his wife He betrayed his children He betrayed his best friend, offering him up to the KGB He betrayed his God Most of all, he betrayed himself Only David Wise could tell the astonishing, full story, and he does so, in masterly style, in Spy.From the Hardcover edition.

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    1. Despite the difficulty of the subject matter -- such as the betrayal of one's wife and country in the ways Robert Hanssen betrayed his -- I found this to be a fair-minded, and not entirely unsympathetic or dehumanising depiction.Hanssen unquestionably emerges as the villain, as he undoubtedly ought to be seen: his actions were reprehensible. At the same time, he was a terribly lonely, deeply wounded individual. Evil causes suffering, but the reverse is also true. Yet it does not minimise the suf [...]


    2. I recently revisited the movie Breach, with Chris Cooper and Ryan Phillippe, which impressed me with its taut retelling of the story of Robert Hanssen, the FBI story turned Soviet spy. Hanssen is an intriguing figure--a fundamentalist Catholic member of Opus Dei, father of six children, and former cop who sold invaluable national security secrets in exchange for a few hundred thousand dollars and plenty of ego-stroking on the part of the Russians. The movie unwound the story masterfully, from th [...]


    3. This is the 5th book written about Robert Hanssen, a man who loved his wife, technology, and being a religious member of Opus Dei but also loved the intrigue of working for the FBI while giving FBI Intelligence information to the Soviet Union/Russia. Well researched, this book lists many facts. It was amazing to find quotes of Bob's conversations about how he and the KGB should communicate and where "drops" would be. What is harder and difficult to understand is how the man lived with himself. T [...]


    4. This book was a decent account of how Robert Hanssen spied for the Soviets/Russians for over twenty years. I read it because it was one of the books Nancy Pearl recommended in "Book Lust". Her description of the book made it sound a lot more interesting than it actually was. David Wise includes some rather lurid details about Hanssen's private life that only seem to be there for the sake of titillation. None of this adds anything to the story. I guess I was disappointed by the complete absence o [...]


    5. Robert Hanssen's motives are some of the most complex in American espionage, and Wise offers decent thoughtful insights on them while covering a lot of ground in great detail; however, the background information sometimes seems irrelevant. I'm not into Wise's writing style(and the last chapter is garbage), but this is probably the best book available on Hanssen due to Wise's research efforts - supposedly he interviewed some 150 key individuals and was, after Hanssen's approval, given exclusive a [...]


    6. Why did you spy on Ray and Mary all these years? All the movies and books. Was I some kind of target? I believe it was an Inheritance Scam. We recently had a lamp busted in our house. They knew about bloody wash cloths. They knew about cutting crosses. Read page. 208. Trash searched, underwear sniffed, toys destroyed. G's were there to keep me alive? They were watching for suicide. You know what, I started taking to them. You could probably make a documentary. You also know what else was recorde [...]


    7. Spy tells, for the first time, the full, authoritative story of how FBI agent Robert Hanssen, code name grayday, spied for Russia for twenty-two years in what has been called the “worst intelligence disaster in U.S. history”–and how he was finally caught in an incredible gambit by U.S. intelligence review: Excellent, precise, amazing how long he operated without being caught and how much damage he did even causing executions.


    8. An amazing story about how one mid-level FBI agent turned over a treasure of US secrets to the Soviet Union, then Russia. If you can, watch the movie Breach beforehand. Then the book. The movie takes all kinds of liberty with the real story. The book will fill in the blanks and give you a greater appreciation for how sick Robert Hanssen actually was (is).


    9. The spy who killed but livesInteresting read and documentation of a very damaging spy who indirectly caused the death of other counter intelligence agents in a betrayal of trust for very complex and difficult motivation factors.


    10. Thorough, detailed, endlessly interestingIf you want to know how and why spies betray their countries, read this book. Describes his spying and how he got away with it for over 20 years.




    11. This nonfiction book tells the story of Bob Hanssen, the FBI agent passed numerous secret documents to the Russians over a 20-year period. The author weaves together two chronologies: Bob Hanssen's life and career, and the decade-long search for moles in the CIA and the FBI. Bob Hanssen was an FBI agent with a special interest in computers, way back in the days when very few people understood these new tools. That specialized knowledge helped move him along in his career among the spy-catchers a [...]


    12. Good book. I love reading what these guys do and how they operate (even, if in this case, he was working against the US). Is it strange that as a Christ-follower I find it fascinating and am enthralled with people who lie, cheat and use, at times, violence in their “career’? I guess it is wild, and somewhat disturbing, what our country (and many other countries) will go to, to protect and get secrets. Maybe what is scary isn’t the secret we come to find out (though they are many times), bu [...]


    13. This is a weird, if interesting book. The narrative is not linear, which I suppose makes sense, in light of the way in which Hanssen's treason was discovered. Unfortunately, it makes it hard to follow, especially in light of how many characters -- CIA, FBI, KGB and GRU agents, moles, and defectors -- the book is dealing with. This is true no matter how many details Wise throws in about a particular person's height or build or town of origin, which frankly are just odd details that I think the au [...]


    14. An incredibly well researched story of the man responsible for the worst intelligence disaster in US history, Robert Hanssen. 22 years of betrayal, not just of America but of his wife and family. David Wise captures the world of spies and while Hanssen volunteered his services to the Soviet Union and then Russia, the constant attempts by both sides to "turn" resources was quite interesting. Not only does Wise dive into a detailed accounting of events but is able to establish, as well as anyone c [...]


    15. It is interesting that a man can spy for another country and report/head up a team to investigate and prevent his own activities and yet not reveal what he was doing for 22+ years. Hiding behind his catholic faith or expressing it so vehemently I would think should have caused some suspicion of what he was doing with his spare time and where his money came from to support his lifestyle. is rather shameful behaviours of allowing his closest friend to watch him and his wife in sexual congress via [...]


    16. I gave it a three star. It was really kind of boring and I didn't care much for the lengthy psychobable at the end. Hanssen had no real motivation to do what he did and I feel he should have died. To me he was no different than McVeigh. Both were terrorists and both were responsible for the deaths of other human beings. McVeigh for contorted, distortded and tortured reasoning and Hanssen, if we are to believe his lawyer and psychiatrist, contorted, distorted and a tortured compulsion to prove he [...]


    17. There's a ton of detail about Hanssen's life here - the operations of a spy, the spy/counterspy intrigue, and the various mechanisms of the FBI, CIA, and the KGB. But there are a LOT of people to sift through, a ton of secondary characters - which the author has to describe each time a new person is introduced - and it's at time slow-moving. I guess it's slow moving because I was waiting for moment when Hanssen got caught. Still, some incredible revelations about how spies did their business in [...]


    18. "The U.S. can be errantly likened to a powerfully built but retarded child, potentially dangerous, but young, immature and easily manipulated. But don't be fooled by that appearance. It is also one which can turn ingenious quickly, like an idiot savant, once convinced of a goal" - Robert Hanssen


    19. We watched the movie Breach on Netflix one weekend and it's about Robert Hansen and his life as a spy. I love government/spy/military stuff so this was right up my ally. Once we'd seen the movie I wanted more details so this was the book. I enjoyed it. Pretty well written and really interesting stuff.


    20. Spellbinding true recounting of most egregious espionage in FBI history. Insider tasked with finding spy himself the mole. Astounding missteps and beauracratic wrangling led to terrible damage to U.S. Must read for espionage junkies. Rating 4 of 5 invisible ink pens.


    21. One of the most interesting book I've read in a long time. Frightening to see how the FBI missed so many opportunities to stop this man and more so even were his motivations. A surprisingly easy book to read, it provides an insightful view of the inner workings of the CIA and FBI.


    22. It was an interesting read. It told Hanssen's story in enough detail and I liked the treatment of the aftermath. There is a chapter on possible motive given by the psychiatrist involved with the case. I thought it was fair and insightful.


    23. Fascinating and a very fast read. It was both shocking and enlightening and even though he was an FBI agent, it was the FBI that nabbed him. Great job FBI! Now Hansen is in isolated seclusion in Supermax prison in Colorado . Rot in place traitor!


    24. The book itself is not a compelling read because we know how it ends. But it is interesting in that it shows the inside of the CIA and FBI and gives just a hint as to why an American would give our secrets to Russia.


    25. If you're interested in how the FBI and CIA work on tracking down moles and secret agents, this is a fascinating case! The author does an excellent job of providing background and explaining how the Bureau works. Pretty interesting case.


    26. This is the 2nd book I've read about Hanssen. I definitely recommend reading more than one book on the subject. I liked this one since it gave more background information. However, at times it was confusing because author jumped back and forth in the timeline a lot.


    27. Browsing OFL's shelves online, this caught my eye: "Hey, I've read that!" Since it was several years ago, though, I won't attempt a real review now. I seem to recall the story was pretty interesting, but don't remember the writing style, etc.OST NEW NON-FIC 1ST FLOOR 327.124 WIS


    28. Great book, suspense. I live in the area and my book group discussed this book on the bridge where Hanssen used to hide stuff for the Soviets to pick up.


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