Best of Enemies: The Last Great Spy Story of the Cold War

Best of Enemies: The Last Great Spy Story of the Cold War

The thrilling story of two Cold War spies -- CIA agent Jack Platt and KGB agent Gennady Vasilenko -- and their improbable friendship at a time when they should have been anything but.In 1978, CIA maverick Jack Platt and KGB agent Gennady Vasilenko were new arrivals on the Washington, DC intelligence scene, with Jack working out of the CIA's counterintelligence office and G...

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Title:Best of Enemies: The Last Great Spy Story of the Cold War
Author:Gus Russo
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  • Dumbledore11214

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    I am not really sure how to review this book. The story of Jack and Gennadiy's unlikely friendship, fascinating spying career during the Cold war gets an A for sure and I think the writers did their job in making sure that larger than life personalities of the people they wrote about shine through, so I will leave it at that.

    I won't deny that as much as I enjoy spy thrillers ( or used to enjoy anyway) the reason why I grabbed the book at Amazon vine was t

    AMAZON VINE ARC review (free copy)

    Review:

    I am not really sure how to review this book. The story of Jack and Gennadiy's unlikely friendship, fascinating spying career during the Cold war gets an A for sure and I think the writers did their job in making sure that larger than life personalities of the people they wrote about shine through, so I will leave it at that.

    I won't deny that as much as I enjoy spy thrillers ( or used to enjoy anyway) the reason why I grabbed the book at Amazon vine was the unlikely friendship which developed between Jack and Gennadiy over the years while they had been spying on the different sides of the barricades during the cold war and for a bit of time after it ended. A lot of the events in this book I was learning about for the first time as I was reading about it. Both Jack and Gennadiy loved their countries and loved their jobs, but they did not like the bureaucracies in their jobs and vastly preferred the field work, this was one of the reason why they bonded so well, while unsuccessfully trying to recruit one another to spy for KGB/CIA.

    Recruitment did not happen, friendship developed instead and before I started the book I honestly could not imagine how the Russian and American managed to stay close friends, real friends while so often being put in the adversarial positions, but they did without abandoning ideological disagreements about their countries' regimes.

    I was also pleasantly surprised how both authors managed to convey great sympathy and respect towards Gennadiy and Jack and still did not shy

    away from portraying the flaws in both men.

    The second part of the book felt more suspenseful than the first one for me , which was understandable since the unmasking of American traitors and what lead to it happens in the second part and also campaign to free Gennadiy from Russian prisons was taking place closer to an end. I knew they would save him, but I was still worried, so I think the writers did good.

    4.5 stars

  • Zohar - ManOfLaBook.com

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    Best of Enemies: The Last Great Spy Story of the Cold War by Gus Russo and Eric Dezenhall is a non-fiction book which narrates the relationship between KGB officer Gennady Semyovich Vasilenko and legendary CIA officer Jack Platt. Both Mr. Russo and Mr. Dezenhall are published writers with numerous works under their belts.

    I love a good spy novel, a great one is even better, and a great non-fiction book which reads like a g

    For more reviews and bookish posts please visit:

    Best of Enemies: The Last Great Spy Story of the Cold War by Gus Russo and Eric Dezenhall is a non-fiction book which narrates the relationship between KGB officer Gennady Semyovich Vasilenko and legendary CIA officer Jack Platt. Both Mr. Russo and Mr. Dezenhall are published writers with numerous works under their belts.

    I love a good spy novel, a great one is even better, and a great non-fiction book which reads like a great spy novel is the best. Best of Enemies: The Last Great Spy Story of the Cold War by Gus Russo and Eric Dezenhall reads like the last one, an approachable and readable book about a complex relationship, geo-political goals, and true friendship.

    The authors use extensive interviews of the Mr. Platt and Mr. Vasilenko, as well as unclassified information to tell the stories. The main narrative, besides a long lasting unlikely friendship, is the hunt for an American mole in the intelligence community which has caused untold amount of damage. Mr. Platt was instrumental in finding that mole, Robert Hanssen, unfortunately, Mr. Vasilenko was arrested and wrongfully imprisoned and tortured for years as a result.

    Reading about the brutal imprisonment in modern Russia seems like an extension of the old gulag system. Trying to break a person to get unreliable, yet career making, information or a confession, a false one most likely.

    The picture the authors paint of the ex-CIA, ex-KGB operators is that of two fun loving, strong and clever men who share much in common (most notably alcohol and shooting). Men who love their respective countries and will do anything out of pure patriotism despite the large personal cost they pay or their ideological disagreements with the current regime. The authors also touch on the difficult price operatives’ families pay, wives and children take second place to country and its needs.

    Each person in the book is conveyed with great respect, but does not shy away from revealing some of their flaws which in my opinion makes this book about humans instead of fictional super-spies. Even actor Robert De Niro, who met the two while researching his 2006 movie The Good Shepard, became an admirer and a lifelong friend (he even wanted the charming and charismatic Mr. Vasilenko to star next to him).

    The book contains relevant detail to the story the authors are trying to tell. It is not bogged down by details which will slow down the story, even if they might be somewhat relevant – after all, recapping 40 years of two very dangerous lives, lived by two exciting people is not an easy task to accomplish in 336 pages.

  • Amanda Forry-Fino

    This book I shall treasure close to my heart! HAT'S OFF to Best of Enemies: The Last Great Spy Story of the Cold War by Eric Dezenhall and Gus Russo!!! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 starts!

    *I'm Ronald Fino's daughter

  • Ernest Spoon

    A fascinating and topical book. "Cowboy" Jack Platt and Gennady Vasilenko were assigned by their respective espionage agencies, the CIA and the KGB, to "turn" one another, ie turn traitor. But they never did. Both remained loyal citizens and spies of their respective nations. Yet both became fast friends.

    The events of this book are to incredible to be fictionalized. However, I can envision a television mini-series.

  • North Landesman

    Fun. A story of two spies sent to recruit each other that mostly seem to make friends and have the CIA pay for them to party and shoot guns in the woods. The friendship and spycraft never gets boring, the characters are great, and frankly, I wish the book were longer. Highly recommend this for anyone who likes spy books. I think that Cowboy sold out his buddy and tricked him and deserves full blame for what happened here.

  • Beau

    Very well researched and put together. Interesting read and informative also. I feel like I have much more context for even current political issues and US / Russian relations, as much as I gained about Cold War era details. I appreciate that the authors have cleaner language than the two protagonists, but just be forewarned that there are several f-words in it.

  • Erik Graff

    This account of the relationship between Jack Platt of the CIA and Gennady Vasilenko of the KGB begins in the late 70s and ends, shortly after Platt's death, with the beginning of the Trump administration. In telling the story of the deepening friendship between these two counter-intelligence operators the authors also tell of the two most successful moles of the period, Aldrich Ames and Robert Hanssen, and how Platt and Vasilenko contributed to their capture.

    A quick read, but not particularly w

    This account of the relationship between Jack Platt of the CIA and Gennady Vasilenko of the KGB begins in the late 70s and ends, shortly after Platt's death, with the beginning of the Trump administration. In telling the story of the deepening friendship between these two counter-intelligence operators the authors also tell of the two most successful moles of the period, Aldrich Ames and Robert Hanssen, and how Platt and Vasilenko contributed to their capture.

    A quick read, but not particularly well written, this book was, for me, rather upsetting. Like 'Charlie Wilson's War', the main subjects are deeply flawed individuals who reflect poorly on the institutions they serve. The authors, however, seem to find some of such behaviors cute and/or funny.

  • Brian

    There is a great story here, and generally well told (the first 20 pages and the end are a little rough, but beyond that it's pretty well written.) As someone who grew up during the Cold War, this book served as a reminder of the tensions between the US and the Soviet Union, and the battle waged between the CIA and FBI versus the KGB. The characters in this are great, and the authors do a nice job bringing them to life. The story is full of twists and insights into what CIA, FBI and KGB officers

    There is a great story here, and generally well told (the first 20 pages and the end are a little rough, but beyond that it's pretty well written.) As someone who grew up during the Cold War, this book served as a reminder of the tensions between the US and the Soviet Union, and the battle waged between the CIA and FBI versus the KGB. The characters in this are great, and the authors do a nice job bringing them to life. The story is full of twists and insights into what CIA, FBI and KGB officers faced - there is also a place for a famous Hollywood actor in a supporting role - it's not surprising that this book has already been optioned for a movie.

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