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LSUbase13
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Books on spies - fiction or nonfiction
Any recommendations on some good, page-turning books on spies? Fiction or nonfiction, it doesn't really matter.
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rebelrouser
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re: Books on spies - fiction or nonfiction
Best fiction:
1. Spy Who Came In From The Cold
2. The Berlin Game trilogy
3. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
4. The Charm School
5. The Fourth Protocol
6. A Coffin For Dimitrios
depends on what qualifies as a spy novel.
Non fiction:
Legacy Of Ashes: The History Of The CIA


OldTigahFot
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Htowntiger90
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re: Books on spies - fiction or nonfiction
The Unseen War in Europe - John H. Waller
Piercing the Reich - Joseph E. Persico

These are a couple of good history books on WWII espionage. Waller was a former OSS Deputy theater chief in WWII and later CIA Inspector General.

Not new books but you can still find them.


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glassman
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re: Books on spies - fiction or nonfiction
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Books on spies - fiction


Read anything by Frederick Forsythe or Jack Higgins.

I'm currently reading the Gabriel Allon series by Daniel Silva and it is great.


rebelrouser
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re: Books on spies - fiction or nonfiction
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I'm currently reading the Gabriel Allon series by Daniel Silva and it is great.


Meh. I thought the one book i read was just ok.


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El Mattadorr
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re: Books on spies - fiction or nonfiction
The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan is considered first novel in the "spy" genre. Published in 1915. I really enjoyed it when I read it in high school.


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Stonehenge
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re: Books on spies - fiction or nonfiction
Defend The Realm The Authorized History Of M15


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TheGooner
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re: Books on spies - fiction or nonfiction
Non Fiction

The Company
The Charm School (Already mentioned)
The Station Series


rebelrouser
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re: Books on spies - fiction or nonfiction
what is the Station series? i can only find teen girl books when i do a search.


Htowntiger90
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re: Books on spies - fiction or nonfiction
Battleground Berlin

Another interesting book I read a while back. Veteran intel guys from both sides collaborated on a book about the early stages of the Cold War in Berlin.


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TheGooner
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re: Books on spies - fiction or nonfiction
Sorry for the delay.

The Station Series is by David Downing. There are six novels in total and the series is complete.

They are about a British ExPat journalist living in Berlin before the war who is pretty much forced to start spying for the Brits, Americans, Russians And The Nazis as well.

The parts during the fall of Berlin are amazing. The whole series is brilliantly done. I recommend getting the audiobooks if you can as the reader is great as well.

The titles of the books are train stations in Berlin.

This is the order to read them in.
Zoo Station
Silesian Station
Stettin Station
Potsdam Station
Lehrter Station
Masaryk Station
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auyushu
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re: Books on spies - fiction or nonfiction
Robert Ludlum, Jack Higgins, Alistair MacLean, John LeCarre.


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Thurber
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re: Books on spies - fiction or nonfiction
Smiley’s People by John LeCarre


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Pettifogger
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re: Books on spies - fiction or nonfiction
The first couple of Red Sparrow books are excellent. The movie sucks, so don't be dissuaded.



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beachdude
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re: Books on spies - fiction or nonfiction
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The Station Series


I’v read the Bernie Gunther Series by Philip Kerr and all Alan Furst’s WW II era novels and your recommendation of the David Downing books made me curious. I’m now reading this series and am on book number three. You were right. So far, these are very well done.


TheGooner
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re: Books on spies - fiction or nonfiction
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The Station Series

I’v read the Bernie Gunther Series by Philip Kerr and all Alan Furst’s WW II era novels and your recommendation of the David Downing books made me curious. I’m now reading this series and am on book number three. You were right. So far, these are very
well done.


I’ve also read all of the Bernie Gunther series as well. The first 3 of them are a masterpiece.
I’ve long heard rumors about and HBO series being in the works. I would love that.

So far I’ve only read The Spies of Warsaw from Furst. It was great as well.

I know it’s not necessary spy related, but I currently can’t get enough of the Harry Flashman novels. He may be the greatest literary character of all time. LOL


beachdude
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re: Books on spies - fiction or nonfiction
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Harry Flashman novels.


Yes. I’ve read them all. George Macdonald Fraser is one of my favorite writers.


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Toki Wartooth
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re: Books on spies - fiction or nonfiction
Nonfiction - A Spy Among Friends

Hard to put down


ecb
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re: Books on spies - fiction or nonfiction
I have only read 1 & 3, but those were great books, looking forward to reading the others


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