The Bureau and the Mole by David A. Vise
The Unmasking of Robert Philip Hanssen, the Most Dangerous Double Agent in FBI History

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Called "a first-rate spy story" (Entertainment Weekly), The Bureau and the Mole is the sensational New York Times best-seller that tells the inside story of FBI counterintelligence agent Robert Philip Hanssen, a seemingly all-American boy who would become the perfect traitor, jeopardizing America's national security for over twenty years by selling top-secret information to the Russians. Drawing from a wide variety of sources in the FBI, the Justice Department, the White House, and the intelligence community, Pulitzer Prize-winning author David A. Vise tells the story of how Hanssen employed the very sources and methods his own nation had entrusted to him in a devious game of deceit -- simply because he had something to prove. Vise also interweaves the narrative of how FBI director Louis B. Freeh led the government's desperate search for its betrayer among its own ranks, from the false leads, to the near misses, to its ultimate, shocking conclusion. Fascinating, gripping, and provocative, The Bureau and the Mole is a harrowing tale of how one man's treachery rocked a fraternity built on fidelity, bravery, and integrity -- and how the dedicated perseverance of another brought him to justice. "Absorbing ... Vise's account of Mr. Hanssen's road to becoming a double agent is fascinating." -- Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times "Brisk, well documented ... a penetrating study of the villain and a gripping summary of the appalling evidence against him." -- Charles McCarry, The Wall Street Journal "A carefully researched and compelling account, with a startling bombshell." -- David W. Marston, The Baltimore Sun "Intelligent and well researched." -- Allen Weinstein, The Washington Post Book World

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David A. Vise David A. Vise was born in Nashville, Tennessee. He is a 1982 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, and has earned an MBA from the Wharton School, as well as an Honorary Doctorate of Literary Letters from Cumberland University. A former Wall Street investment banker at Goldman, Sachs & Co., Vise also studied at the London School of Economics. He started his career in journalism at The Tennessean, first as a copyboy and later as an intern reporter. Eventually he became a reporter for The Washington Post and covers the FBI and the Justice Department. Vise won the 1990 Pulitzer Prize for a four-part Washington Post series, "The Man from Wall Street: John Shad's Reign at the SEC," and received the 1990 Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism, the 1992 Distinguished Alumnus Award from University School of Nashville, and numerous awards from the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association for coverage of the nation's capital city. He is the coauthor of "Eagle on the Street," a book about the Securities and Exchange Commission and Wall Street's insider trading scandal of the 1980s. He is also working on a movie based on "The Bureau and the Mole", in development from Jerry Bruckheimer Films and Disney's Touchstone Pictures.
Published December 1, 2007 by Atlantic Monthly Press. 308 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Law & Philosophy, History, Crime, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, War. Non-fiction

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But the FBI, Vise writes, was so blind to its own vulnerabilities that it ignored the warning signs—even when Hanssen's brother-in-law (also an FBI agent) reported that Hanssen was hiding huge sums of cash at home.

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(Outwardly pious, he apparently frequented strip clubs and showed video of him and his wife having sex to a high school buddy.) Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporter Vise spins a first-rate spy thriller (though one that occasionally stumbles into psychobabble), alternating chapters ...

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