Deep Undercover:

My Secret Life and Tangled Allegiances as a KGB Spy in America

  • By: Jack Barsky, with Cindy Coloma
  • Runtime: 10.8 Hours
  • Recording: Unabridged
  • Release date: 3.21.2017
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio
  • Genre: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
  • 10.80 hrs3/21/2017Unabridged
  • ISBN-13: 9781441705303

One decision can end everything … or lead to unlikely redemption.

Millions watched the CBS 60 Minutes special on Jack Barsky in 2015. Now, in this fascinating memoir, the Soviet KGB agent tells his story of gut-wrenching choices, appalling betrayals, his turbulent inner world, and the secret life he lived for years without getting caught.

On October 8, 1978, a Canadian national by the name of William Dyson stepped off a plane at O’Hare International Airport and proceeded toward customs and immigration.

Two days later, William Dyson ceased to exist.

The identity was a KGB forgery, used to get one of their own―a young, ambitious East German agent―into the United States.

The plan succeeded, and the spy’s new identity was born: Jack Barsky. He would work undercover for the next decade, carrying out secret operations during the Cold War years—until a surprising shift in his allegiance challenged everything he thought he believed.

Deep Undercover reveals the secret life of this man without a country and tells the story no one ever expected him to tell.

Editorial Reviews

“An intriguing inside look at international espionage.”

Kirkus Reviews

“Fascination with spies runs deep, particularly those who are under deep cover…Reading [this] intriguing story, you realize how few of us would willingly undertake such a mission.”

Peter Earnest, executive director, International Spy Museum

“Gripping and emotional, Deep Undercover peers beyond the Iron Curtain for a look into the world of a KGB officer illegally living abroad…Barsky tells his story with honesty and heart.”

Joel Fields, writer and executive producer, The Americans

“As a double agent who worked against Russia, I thought I had heard it all. Then I heard Jack’s story.”

Naveed Jamali, former double agent and author of How to Catch a Russian Spy

Author Biography

Jack Barsky was recruited by the KGB and spent ten years as an undercover agent in the United States. He severed his relations with the KGB in 1988 and had a corporate career in information technology. He was captured by the FBI in 1997. In 2015, 60 Minutes ran a story on his life and undercover work.

Reader Biography

Stephen Bowlby has worked as a professional voice actor for more than forty years. His experience spans animation, character work, commercials, and narration. He has read numerous audiobooks throughout his career, including titles by Harold Robbins, Stuart M. Kaminsky, John Sculley, and Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz.

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