Deep Undercover: My Secret Life and Tangled Allegiances as a KGB Spy in America by Jack Barsky
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I'm getting more and more picky about awarding that fourth star and I thought Deep Under Cover would get it. My husband met the author and got me a signed copy, maybe that set it on a figurative pedestal in my mind. I don't read much non-fiction, certainly not autobiographies but I'm a fan girl of The American and The Assets and Washington D.C.'s Spy Museum ranks higher than the Smithsonian for me so if I was going to start anywhere, Deep Under Cover was the right place. It's a fascinating story, well written - I suspect by a ghost writer - and full of nuances of that life that are both thought provoking and infuriating. It's a good book, really.
Turns out, I just didn't like Jack Barsky. His hard knock start at life didn't soften me up at all. I shocked myself with the level of disapproval I feel about this enemy of our country living the life he ended up with in said country, on said country's tab and generosity. I'd feel doubly sick about it had my husband actually purchased the book.
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