How to Catch A Russian Spy

How to Catch A Russian Spy

The True Story of An American Civilian Turned Double Agent

Book - 2015
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Baker & Taylor
"In 2008, almost two decades after the Cold War was officially consigned to the history books, an average American guy in his twenties helped to bring down a top Russian spy based at the United Nations. This American had no formal espionage training. Everything he knew about spying he'd learned from books, movies, video games, and TV. And yet, with the help of an initially reluctant FBI duo, he ended up at the center of a highly successful counterintelligence operation that targeted Russian espionage in America. How to Catch a Russian Spy is an American civilian's first-person account of how a post-college adventure became a real-life U.S. intelligence coup. For four nerve-wracking years, he worked as a double agent, spying on America for the Russians, trading cash for sensitive U.S. military secrets, handing over thumb-drives of valuable technical data, pretending to sell out his country across noisy restaurant tables and in quiet parking lots. Now, for the first time, he will reveal the fascinating mechanics behind his double-agent operation--from cutting-edge spy gear to coded signals on Craigslist to the Russians' propensity for Hooters' buffalo wings--that helped disrupt Russia's New York-based espionage apparatus and forced Moscow to reassign its top operatives. Cinematic, harrowing, and wildly entertaining, How to Catch a Russian Spy is every armchair espionage fan's ultimate fantasy come to fruition"--

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In this armchair spy story brought to life, the author, a young American amateur and covert double agent who helped the FBI bust a Russian spy in New York, shares his one-of-a-kind story of how a post-college adventure became a real-life US counter-intelligence coup.
The author, a young American amateur and covert double agent who helped the FBI bust a Russian spy in New York, shares his one-of-a-kind story of how a post-college adventure became a real-life U.S. counter-intelligence coup.

Simon and Schuster
The fascinating story of a young American amateur who helped the FBI bust a Russian spy in New York—named the Funniest Book of the Year by The Washington Post, sold in ten countries, and to be a major motion picture for 20th Century Fox.

For three nerve-wracking years, Naveed Jamali spied on America for the Russians, trading thumb drives of sensitive technical data for envelopes of cash, selling out his own beloved country across noisy restaurant tables and in quiet parking lots. Or so the Russians believed. In fact, this young American civilian was a covert double agent working with the FBI. The Cold War wasn’t really over. It had just gone high-tech.

How to Catch a Russian Spy is the one-of-a-kind story of how one young man’s post-college adventure became a real-life US counter-intelligence coup. He had no previous counter-espionage experience. Everything he knew about undercover work, he’d learned from Miami Vice and Magnum P.I. reruns and movies like Ronin, Spy Game, and anything with Bond or Bourne in the title. And yet, hoping to gain experience to become a Navy intelligence officer, he convinced the FBI and the Russians they could trust him. With charm, cunning, and a big load of naiveté, he matched wits with a veteran Russian military-intelligence officer who was recruiting spies on American soil, out-maneuvering the Russian spy and his secret-hungry superiors. Along the way, Jamali and his FBI handlers cast a rare light on espionage activities at the Russian Mission to the United Nations in New York and earned a solid US win in the escalating hostilities between Moscow and Washington.

Now, Jamali reveals the whole engaging story behind his double-agent adventure—from coded signals on Craigslist to the Russian spy’s propensity for Hooters’ Buffalo wings. Cinematic, news-breaking, and “hilarious” (The Washington Post), How to Catch a Russian Spy is an armchair spy fantasy brought to life. Film rights sold to 20th Century Fox for director Marc Webb (The Amazing Spider-Man, 500 Days of Summer).

Publisher: New York : Scribner, c2015
ISBN: 9781476788821
Branch Call Number: 327.12092 JAM
Characteristics: viii, 290 p. ;,24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Henican, Ellis

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nellybells
Jun 14, 2017

It was OK, ho-hum. I've read way better espionage true stories: Operation Whisper, The Angel, Billion Dollar Spy, Lucie Aubrac, Churchill's Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare. I kept on reading because I was hoping something surprising would happen. Didn't happen.

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rb3221
Mar 04, 2016

With no previous counter espionage experience, Naveed Jumali learned most of his undercover knowledge from the very unlikely 'sources' Miami Vice and Magnum PI and somehow managed to become a successful one time only spy. It is an interesting book but there are far too many pages of 'filler' and it is often rather slow and even tedious. Overall I was disappointed as the book seems to a self congratulatory book about himself.
Three far better spy books that I've recently read (see my reviews): Double Cross - Ben McIntrye; The Spy's Son - Bryan Denison: A Spy among Friends - Ben McIntyre.

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