Cassidy's Run: The Secret Spy War Over Nerve Gas

Cassidy s Run The Secret Spy War Over Nerve Gas Cassidy s Run is the story of one of the best kept secrets of the Cold War an espionage operation mounted by Washington against the USSR that ran for years At the highest levels of the government

  • Title: Cassidy's Run: The Secret Spy War Over Nerve Gas
  • Author: David Wise
  • ISBN: 9780375501531
  • Page: 324
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Cassidy s Run is the story of one of the best kept secrets of the Cold War an espionage operation mounted by Washington against the USSR that ran for 23 years At the highest levels of the government, its code name was Operation Shocker Lured by a double agent working for the USA, ten Russian spies, including a University of Minnesota professor, his wife a classicCassidy s Run is the story of one of the best kept secrets of the Cold War an espionage operation mounted by Washington against the USSR that ran for 23 years At the highest levels of the government, its code name was Operation Shocker Lured by a double agent working for the USA, ten Russian spies, including a University of Minnesota professor, his wife a classic sleeper spy in NYC, were sent by Moscow to penetrate America s secrets Two FBI agents were killed secret formulae were passed to the USSR in a dangerous ploy that may have spurred Moscow to create the world s most powerful nerve gas Cassidy s Run tells this true story for the 1st time, following a trail that leads from DC to Moscow, with detours to Florida, Minnesota Mexico Based on documents secret until now scores of interviews in the USA USSR, the book reveals that than 4500 pages of classified documents, including US nerve gas formulas, were passed to the USSR in exchange for hundreds of thousands of dollars an Armageddon code a telephone call to a number in NYC, was to alert the sleeper spy to an impending nuclear attack a warning he would transmit to the Soviets by radio signal from atop a rock in Central Park two FBI agents were killed when their plane crashed during surveillance of one of the spies as he headed for the Canadian border secret drops for microdots were set up by Moscow from NY to Florida to DC More than a cloak dagger tale, Cassidy s Run is the story of one ordinary man, Sergeant Joe Cassidy, not trained as a spy, who suddenly found himself the FBI s secret weapon in a dangerous clandestine war.

    One thought on “Cassidy's Run: The Secret Spy War Over Nerve Gas”

    1. Fantastic in every way. Wise is a master in this genre and provides superb detail that tells the whole story. What I like best is how is deftly included the “big picture” without exhausting the reader.

    2. David Wise is well acquainted with the worlds of espionage and counter-espionage, and "Cassidy's Run" reflected that. While it's a fairly short book, it's probably the most detailed narrative of a long-term, counter-espionage operation I've ever read. Wise does a great job in putting the cloak and dagger action into the context of not only the Cold War, but also the 1970s post-Church Committee fallout on the Intelligence Community. If you find the non-fiction variety of spy stories interesting, [...]

    3. The first nonfiction book I ever read about espionage was one co-authored by David Wise, writer of this narrative. While that, The Invisible Government, was a serious overview of the CIA, this book has a much narrower focus, being about the work of a US Army mole burrowed in Soviet spy operations within the United States. Using this story as a thread spanning over two decades, Cassidy's Run delves into several spin-off operations against Soviet sleeper agents. Chief among the topics pursued by t [...]

    4. I wanted to like this one more than I did. While it was enlightening, and the time period it references has a lot of disturbing history in it, I couldn't get into the spy games when I feel strongly that neither side should have been developing better nerve gases to begin with. Add to that the usual grain of salt that you add when reading anything remotely recent on intelligence or national security -- you know you're not getting the whole story -- and it was worth reading once but not something [...]

    5. David Wise always sucks me in but I think I expected more from this book. That being said, I think it's a good book that highlights the intel war between the US and Soviet Union during the Cold War and shows some of the potential blowback from those deceptions.

    6. Very fascinating description of a cold-war counterintelligence operation. Well researched. I'd rate this as a must read for intelligence and CI professionals.

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *