True Spies: 12 Books About Real-Life CIA, FBI, KGB, Mossad Spies & Their Daring Operations

True Spies is SPYSCAPE’s eclectic mix of weekly podcasts told through the eyes of the real spies behind some of the world’s greatest operations. Our agents reveal their secrets and skills, bringing you with them on dangerous missions to test your spy skills. 

SPYSCAPE’s True Spies are also accomplished authors, however, so we’ve selected a dozen of their bestsellers to put you in the middle of the action. What would you do in their position?

Deep Undercover - Former KGB officer Jack Barsky couldn’t turn down the offer to work deep undercover as a sleeper spy in New York City during the height of the Cold War, even if that meant making life and death decisions. Barsky also tells his thrilling story in our podcast True Spies: The Illegal.

Mossad Exodus - Ex-Mossad officer Gad Shimron ran a diving resort as a cover to bring thousands of Sudanese Jews to Israel in a mission known as Operation Brothers. The operation was likely to end in one of two ways: either Shimron would save lives or he'd lose his own. Hear more from Shimron in True Spies: Operation Brothers.

Fair Game - CIA officer Valerie Plame’s identity was leaked during President George W. Bush’s administration. Overnight, the operations she’d worked on, searching out intelligence on weapons of mass destruction, were at risk. What would you do in Valerie’s position? Her story unfolds in True Spies: Fair Game?

Gray Day - Eric O’Neill was an FBI rookie when he was plucked from his surveillance unit and assigned to spy on a dangerous suspected spy. Senior FBI counterintelligence officer Robert Hanssen was a KGB double agent and possibly the most dangerous spy in American history. Eric shares his chilling story in SPYSCAPE’s podcast True Spies: Gray Suit & The Ghost.


Special Forces Berlin - Former operator James Stejskal shares the secrets of his elite, clandestine unit Special Forces Berlin. The unit was at the center of the Tehran Hostage Crisis at one point, but no one could know they were there. Listen in on True Spies: Shadow Games.

State Department - As former Deputy Director of the Office of Counterintelligence, Robert Booth was tasked with investigating individuals within the department who were recruited as spies for foreign governments. How would you catch a traitor? Listen in on SPYSCAPE’s podcast True Spies: The Spycatcher.

The Moscow Rules - Jonna Mendez was chief of disguise at the CIA’s Office of Technical Service for decades, fabricating disguises for agents and colleagues in some of the world’s most hostile locations. Mendez shares her story in True Spies: The Art of Disguise.

The Unexpected Spy - Tracy Walder was a CIA officer in the Counterterrorism Center after 9/11 and then became an FBI Special Agent specializing in Chinese counterintelligence. Do you have what it takes to work for two of the US’s premier agencies? Hear Walder’s fascinating tale on SPYSCAPE’s podcast True Spies: The Rookie and bin Laden.


Black Klansman - Ron Stallworth, a black Colorado cop, fooled the US's most notorious racists, infiltrating a local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1970s to lead a double-pronged attack on the group - even gaining the trust of the Klan's leader, David Duke. Find out more in SPYSCAPE’s podcast True Spies: The Real Black Klansman.

Behind Enemy Lines - Marthe Cohn, a brave French spy posed as a German nurse to feed Berlin’s Nazi secrets to the Allies during WWII. Operating behind enemy lines, under the nose of the Nazis, her courage and cunning saved countless lives. Her story is recounted in: True Spies: The Survivor.

Undercover Jihadi: Inside the Toronto 18
- Mubin Shaikh, a Muslim extremist, became a spy for the Canadian Security Intelligence Service going undercover as a member of the terrorist group known as the Toronto 18. Mubin was told that his cover was blown, however. Listen in on his terrifying story: True Spies: Undercover Jihadi.

Ghost: My Thirty Years as an FBI Undercover Agent - Former FBI undercover agent Michael McGowan was working undercover during the capture of the Mexican drug lord El Chapo. To trap this murderous gangster, Michael had to convince him that he was in the same business. His thrilling story is revealed in SPYSCAPE’s podcast True Spies: The Purple Bathrobe.

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True Spies is SPYSCAPE’s eclectic mix of weekly podcasts told through the eyes of the real spies behind some of the world’s greatest operations. Our agents reveal their secrets and skills, bringing you with them on dangerous missions to test your spy skills. 

SPYSCAPE’s True Spies are also accomplished authors, however, so we’ve selected a dozen of their bestsellers to put you in the middle of the action. What would you do in their position?

Deep Undercover - Former KGB officer Jack Barsky couldn’t turn down the offer to work deep undercover as a sleeper spy in New York City during the height of the Cold War, even if that meant making life and death decisions. Barsky also tells his thrilling story in our podcast True Spies: The Illegal.

Mossad Exodus - Ex-Mossad officer Gad Shimron ran a diving resort as a cover to bring thousands of Sudanese Jews to Israel in a mission known as Operation Brothers. The operation was likely to end in one of two ways: either Shimron would save lives or he'd lose his own. Hear more from Shimron in True Spies: Operation Brothers.

Fair Game - CIA officer Valerie Plame’s identity was leaked during President George W. Bush’s administration. Overnight, the operations she’d worked on, searching out intelligence on weapons of mass destruction, were at risk. What would you do in Valerie’s position? Her story unfolds in True Spies: Fair Game?

Gray Day - Eric O’Neill was an FBI rookie when he was plucked from his surveillance unit and assigned to spy on a dangerous suspected spy. Senior FBI counterintelligence officer Robert Hanssen was a KGB double agent and possibly the most dangerous spy in American history. Eric shares his chilling story in SPYSCAPE’s podcast True Spies: Gray Suit & The Ghost.


Special Forces Berlin - Former operator James Stejskal shares the secrets of his elite, clandestine unit Special Forces Berlin. The unit was at the center of the Tehran Hostage Crisis at one point, but no one could know they were there. Listen in on True Spies: Shadow Games.

State Department - As former Deputy Director of the Office of Counterintelligence, Robert Booth was tasked with investigating individuals within the department who were recruited as spies for foreign governments. How would you catch a traitor? Listen in on SPYSCAPE’s podcast True Spies: The Spycatcher.

The Moscow Rules - Jonna Mendez was chief of disguise at the CIA’s Office of Technical Service for decades, fabricating disguises for agents and colleagues in some of the world’s most hostile locations. Mendez shares her story in True Spies: The Art of Disguise.

The Unexpected Spy - Tracy Walder was a CIA officer in the Counterterrorism Center after 9/11 and then became an FBI Special Agent specializing in Chinese counterintelligence. Do you have what it takes to work for two of the US’s premier agencies? Hear Walder’s fascinating tale on SPYSCAPE’s podcast True Spies: The Rookie and bin Laden.


Black Klansman - Ron Stallworth, a black Colorado cop, fooled the US's most notorious racists, infiltrating a local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1970s to lead a double-pronged attack on the group - even gaining the trust of the Klan's leader, David Duke. Find out more in SPYSCAPE’s podcast True Spies: The Real Black Klansman.

Behind Enemy Lines - Marthe Cohn, a brave French spy posed as a German nurse to feed Berlin’s Nazi secrets to the Allies during WWII. Operating behind enemy lines, under the nose of the Nazis, her courage and cunning saved countless lives. Her story is recounted in: True Spies: The Survivor.

Undercover Jihadi: Inside the Toronto 18
- Mubin Shaikh, a Muslim extremist, became a spy for the Canadian Security Intelligence Service going undercover as a member of the terrorist group known as the Toronto 18. Mubin was told that his cover was blown, however. Listen in on his terrifying story: True Spies: Undercover Jihadi.

Ghost: My Thirty Years as an FBI Undercover Agent - Former FBI undercover agent Michael McGowan was working undercover during the capture of the Mexican drug lord El Chapo. To trap this murderous gangster, Michael had to convince him that he was in the same business. His thrilling story is revealed in SPYSCAPE’s podcast True Spies: The Purple Bathrobe.

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