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»The attitude of the Russian state toward its foreign agents has also changed. At least in public, spies are no longer figures of suspicion. Russia’s current president, Vladimir Putin, is himself a former spy, and espionage is a part of his biography that he chooses to celebrate.«

Anne Applebaum

Anne Applebaum about the new world of spies and this four non-fictional books:

  • The Lost Spy: An American in Stalin’s Secret Service by Andrew Meier
  • Spies and Commissars: The Early Years of the Russian Revolution by Robert Service
  • Stalin’s Romeo Spy: The Remarkable Rise and Fall of the KGB’s Most Daring Operative by Emil Draitser
  • Deception: Spies, Lies and How Russia Dupes the West by Edward Lucas

Her essay at The New York Review of Books.

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