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Robert Hanssen

Spies & Spy Fiction

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Aug 17, 2007, 1:04am Top

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

Aug 20, 2007, 2:25am Top

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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