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Benjamin Weiser, A Secret Life (PublicAffairs, 2004).
In August of 1972, a Polish colonel by the name of Ryszard Kuklinski contacted the U.S. embassy in Germany and arranged a secret meeting. Over the next several years, Kuklinski advanced within the Polish defense ministry, even as he continued to pass information to the West. In 1981, he relayed the government’s plans to crush the Solidarity movement, and then, fearful that he was in jeopardy, he and his family fled the country. Three years he was sentenced to death in absentia, but more recently he has been recognized as a Polish hero. The story of Kuklinski’s career as a spy is both a real-life espionage thriller and a glimpse of life behind the Iron Curtain.
This seems to be a review by Thomas M. Troy, Jr., formerly of the CIA, but it’s hard to tell where it came from. Here’s a review from Peter Gessner of the University of Buffalo. And more from Walter Jajko and Richard Pipes in Commentary. After Kuklinski died in 2004, Anne Applebaum wrote about Kuklinski’s patriotism in Newsweek. Blogger t.s. posted a review. J speculates about whether the book is misinformation in the name of espionage, but still recommends it.