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I must confess that I'm posting this because I just saw Breach.
In another thread, jmcclain19 says that the best book on Hanssen is David Vise's Bureau and the Mole. I haven't seen a copy of that around here, but how do these two books hold up and/or compare?
Spy: The Inside Story of How the FBI's Robert Hanssen Betrayed America by David Wise (how's that for a confusing name?)
The Spy Next Door: The Extraordinary Secret Life of Robert Philip Hanssen, the Most Damaging FBI Agent in U.S. History by Elaine Shannon and Ann Blackman
Kind of weird to see me called out like that there :)
I'll admit I enjoyed Vise's version more than Wise, but that could be just a personal writing style quirk than anything else. Both were informative and entertaining (well, as entertaining as a book on treason can be).
The Bureau by Ronald Kessler had a lot of Hanssen information in it - but it's mostly superficial.
Whatever you do - avoid Into the Mirror - that book is masquerading as a non-fiction piece.
It's essentially Wise/Vise's work, but where Wise & Vise stop - Schiller paints in the details making up lengthy conversations between Hanssen and his wife, Hanssen & his stripper friend, Hanssen and his best friend. When I was first reading it I was astounded at how he could get all these quotes from when there were only two or three people in the room at the time. But it's all fictionalized.
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