Deep Undercover

Deep Undercover

My Secret Life and Tangled Allegiances as A KGB Spy in America

Book - 2017
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One decision can end everything . . . or lead to unlikely redemption. Millions watched the CBS 60 Minutes special on Jack Barsky in 2015. Now, in this fascinating memoir, the Soviet KGB agent tells his story of gut-wrenching choices, appalling betrayals, his turbulent inner world, and the secret life he lived for years without getting caught.On October 8, 1978, a Canadian national by the name of William Dyson stepped off a plane at O'Hare International Airport and proceeded toward Customs and Immigration.Two days later, William Dyson ceased to exist.The identity was a KGB forgery, used to get one of their own--a young, ambitious East German agent--into the United States.The plan succeeded, and the spy's new identity was born: Jack Barsky. He would work undercover for the next decade, carrying out secret operations during the Cold War years . . . until a surprising shift in his allegiance challenged everything he thought he believed. Deep Undercover will reveal the secret life of this man without a country and tell the story no one ever expected him to tell.
Publisher: Carol Stream, IL : Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781496416827
Characteristics: xii, 339 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm


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Feb 14, 2018

I suggest to skip this so-called spy book.
The best part of the book was the first part where you learn about life in East Berlin post WW II, then West Berlin and Moscow.

This is a book about how a manipulative, exploitative, morally bankrupt man found Jesus. It's NOT really a spy book...there are very little details of his the author is either withholding what he did here, or he was the most inactive spy in the history of spying.

Meanwhile, he seems to brag about his love em and leave em [with a kid or two] relationships with women [5 kids with 4 different women].

Jan 28, 2018

I included in techothriller section because it about an idealistic East German recruited by playing long game KGB to be an illegal agent in America.
Huge personal cost & professional cost on his family & children left behind.
Step by step on learning how to be a spy, how to speak American English, & crafting a legend.
Ditto on getting library card, social security card to finally U.S passport.
Reader only guess what damage he had done in America with going anywhere he wanted.
Chuckled on how disillusioned spy fooled KGB on "divorce", how long FBI took get surveillance permission on "US citizen" because he has right under the constitution or agent taken aback how FBI knew he was a spy.
Chapter on his heartbreaking lesson on Soviet Union history, Stati & KGB in second half of cold war seemed straight out of la Carre novel.
Cautionary tale on a changed man highly recommended on Cold war subject or for spy thriller fans.
The worse part? Russia FSB's still send illegal agents around the world to gather political & technological secrets.


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Jul 23, 2018

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