Magazine article The Nation

The Spy Who Came into the Gold

Magazine article The Nation

The Spy Who Came into the Gold

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THE SPY WHO CAME INTO THE GOLD

This is the decade of the deal--the astronomical movie deal, the unprecedented real estate deal, the drug deal, the football deal, the corporate takeover deal. We have marveled at the exploits of the stars: Spielberg, Trump and DeLorean; Flutie, Pickens and Agee. But few have cut such an entertaining and profitable figure as Arkady Shevchenko, the Soviet defector who seems to have made the publishing deal of the century.

Whether Shevchenko had his book package in mind when he began slipping secrets to the C.I.A. may never be known except to the gnomes of Langley, but he certainly conducted himself in a way that any editor would adore. Love, war, death and drink liven up the grim business of espionage, and the result is Breaking with Moscow, a book which is all cold war culture vultures could want. The hype has been beyond a publisher's wildest dreams: a frontpage story in The New York Times, the cover of Time, a segment on 60 Minutes. …

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