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Tiger Trap: America's Secret Spy War with Chinaby David Wise
Synopses & Reviews
For decades, while America obsessed over Soviet spies, China quietly penetrated the highest levels of government. Now, for the first time, based on numerous interviews with key insiders at the FBI and CIA as well as with Chinese agents and people close to them, David Wise tells the full story of China’s many victories and defeats in its American spy wars.Two key cases interweave throughout: Katrina Leung, code-named Parlor Maid, worked for the FBI for years, even after she became a secret double agent for China, aided by love affairs with both of her FBI handlers. Here, too, is the inside story of the case, code-named Tiger Trap, of a key Chinese-American scientist suspected of stealing nuclear weapons secrets. These two cases led to many others, involving famous names from Wen Ho Lee to Richard Nixon, stunning national security leaks, and sophisticated cyberspying. The story takes us up to the present, with a West Coast spy ring whose members were sentenced in 2010—but it surely will continue for years to come, as China faces off against America. David Wise’s history of China’s spy wars in America is packed with eye-popping revelations.
"Wise (Spy) leads readers into the 'the wilderness of mirrors that is counterintelligence' for this history of Chinese espionage against the U.S. He reveals how Chinese intelligence has used ethnic Chinese in the U.S. to penetrate American counterintelligence and steal American nuclear weapons data. While Wise explores a spectrum of Chinese spying efforts, from Sun-Tzu's The Art of War to cyberspies, he homes in on two sensational cases, code-named Parlor Maid and Tiger Trap, that epitomize their tactics. Parlor Maid was the colorful Katrina Leung, a Chinese-American double agent who slept with her FBI handlers while stealing their secrets, and Tiger Trap refers to the FBI's operation to expose China's moles inside America's nuclear weapons labs. Wise's conclusion is sobering — 'China's spying on America is ongoing, current, and shows no sign of diminishing' — and his book is a fascinating history of Chinese espionage that should appeal to a diverse readership. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Wise's conclusion is sobering — 'China's spying on America is ongoing, current, and shows no signs of diminishing — and his book is a fascinating history of Chinese espionage that should appeal to a diverse readership." Publishers Weekly
"David Wise is a master of the nonfiction thriller and, once again, he delivers a fact-filled inside account, with sources named and no one spared, including some very amorous and reckless FBI agents.and#12288; There is an important message inTiger Trap-- about the often overlooked threat posed by China's demonstrated ability to dig out America's most important military and economic secrets."< Seymour M. Hersh
"David Wise has given us a rare combination in today's literary world — a book that is great reading, while at the same time shedding light on a subject whose seriousness should concern every thinking American." Jim Webb, U.S. Senator from Virginia, author of Born Fighting, Fields of Fire
"Extraordinary. A stunningly detailed history of China's spy war with us — from sexy socialite double agents to "kill switches" implanted offshore in the computer chips for our electric grid. Wise remains the master." R. James Woolsey, former Director of Central Intelligence
"Wise is a master of page-turning nonfiction…an important book…guaranteed to capture the imagination of the next generation of espionage aficionados." Washington Post
Book News Annotation:
In the Cold War between the US and Soviet Union, little attention was paid to the espionage operations of China as a rising world power. In a narrative as riveting and sex scandal-ridden as any spy thriller, Wise (Spy: The Inside Story of How the FBI's Robert Hanssen Betrayed America) relates the inside story of how Chinese intelligence stole secrets about America's weapons systems. In an update, he discusses the cyberattacks that prompted Google to opt out of China. Photos include figures in the FBI "Tiger Trap" case implicating a former nuclear engineer. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
A narrative nonfiction account of the devious workings of Chinese Intelligence agents in the FBI over the past 30 years.
About the Author
David Wise's bestselling books on espionage and national security include Spy: The Inside Story of How the FBI's Robert Hanssen Betrayed America, Nightmover: How Aldrich Ames Sold the CIA to the KGB for $4.6 Million, and The Invisible Government.
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