• Betrayal in Berlin

  • The True Story of the Cold War's Most Audacious Espionage Operation
  • By: Steve Vogel
  • Narrated by: Joel Richards
  • Length: 17 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History, Military
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (203 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

The astonishing true story of the Berlin Tunnel, one of the West’s greatest espionage operations of the Cold War - and the dangerous Soviet mole who betrayed it.

Its code name was “Operation Gold”, a wildly audacious CIA plan to construct a clandestine tunnel into East Berlin to tap into critical KGB and Soviet military telecommunication lines. The tunnel, crossing the border between the American and Soviet sectors, would have to be 1,500 feet (the length of the Empire State Building) with state-of-the-art equipment, built and operated literally under the feet of their Cold War adversaries. Success would provide the CIA and the British Secret Intelligence Service access to a vast treasure of intelligence. Exposure might spark a dangerous confrontation with the Soviets. Yet as the Allies were burrowing into the German soil, a traitor, code-named Agent Diamond by his Soviet handlers, was burrowing into the operation itself....

Betrayal in Berlin is Steve Vogel’s heart pounding account of the operation. He vividly recreates post-war Berlin, a scarred, shadowy snake pit with thousands of spies and innumerable cover stories. It is also the most vivid account of George Blake, perhaps the most damaging mole of the Cold War. Drawing upon years of archival research, secret documents, and rare interviews with Blake himself, Vogel has crafted a true-life spy story as thrilling as the novels of John le Carré and Len Deighton.

©2019 Steve Vogel (P)2019 HarperAudio

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Fascinating Book

I found it fabulous and at times funny. The writer of this book holds your interest from the first sentence

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one of the best cold war espionage books

interesting, detailed, easy to follow, with a coherent narrative, and the personalities of the people involved are painted so vividly. really enjoyed this one 👍👍

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Something New

I have read many spy novels, historical accounts of espionage. I even lived in Berlin from 1984 till 1990 seen all the historical site watched the wall come down Nov 9 1989, but never heard anything about the Berlin tunnel. This for me was a eye opening book, I enjoyed it.

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REALLY REALLY GOOD

Not bogged down with names, does not go back & forth & repeat sections of the story, it a solid good romp into a cracking good storyline a must buy.

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Interesting History of an Interesting Time

Very interesting history of a terrifying time. Thoroughly researched and perhaps a tad too detailed, but the story never falters. Several intriguing characters you're not familiar with and several you are. Early in the story I despised George Blake for his actions, but by the end of the story I found him an interesting and likeable person, even though I still despised his actions. Berlin was obviously an extremely intriguing place in the '50s and '60s. "Betrayal In Berlin" does a great job of telling part of that history.

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Could not stop listening

It's unbelievable that this is a true story that was a fact I kept reminding myself of. The story is paced giving time for the facts to sink in. It is a piece of history I was unaware of.

The narrator made this a thoroughly enjoyable listen. Thank you to both Author and narrator.

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outstanding

Exceptional book and exceptional narration. There's a lot of detail, but it's always fascinating and always in service of the gripping story. Impressive research, writing, and editing went into this masterwork. Kudos especially for the how the main characters are depicted with honesty, respect, and above all heart.

The narrator is spot-on, brining the cold war world to life while staying transparent so the voice of the author shines through. One of the best audiobooks I've experienced, so good I immediately ordered the hardback.

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pretty amazing story

the first two chapters getting to know the main character are a little slow but that info becomes relavent later on. beyond that this is a great book. true life adventure and excitment and espionage. with an almost unbelievable ending. on top of that joel richards did a great job narrating. he was a great choice and i enjoyed listening.

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Great story, well-researched and narrated

One of the few books of this genre that manages to be thorough without being repetitive. Kudos to the author, editor, and reader!

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An engrossing tale

It's remarkable that the recounting of events in the 1950's can be so fascinating. I did not want the book to finish! The author has familiarized himself with the previous accounts of this operation, and has updated the story with newly available material. The author's style is crisp and the story never flags. Joel Richards does an excellent job as narrator. Listening to this audiobook brings back the era of the 50's and 60's when the world was on the verge of nuclear war and the intelligence services of the East and West were in ferocious competition.

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