9 audio discs (10 hr., 30 min.) ; 4 3/4 in.
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Read by Jim Popkin.
Just days after September 11, the most dangerous female spy in American history was arrested by federal authorities. She wasn't involved in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. Instead, she was a high-level staff member at the Defense Intelligence Agency. Her name was Ana Montes, and she had spent seventeen years feeding American secrets to the Cuban government, who made a habit of selling US intel to the highest bidders, Russia, Venezuela and Iran. Ana grew up in a family of American military and government agents, and while even her own sister, Lucy, was in charge of tracking down Cuban spies, unbeknownst to Lucy, the most successful double agent shared Thanksgiving dinner with her. Jim Popkin shares the fascinating story of Ana Montes and just how she came to be one of the most notorious suppliers of some of our nation's biggest secrets. Listeners will also gain an inside look into Lucy's side of the story, as she worked for the FBI and struggled to find Ana in an operation code-named Blue Wren. Her sister's offenses were so grave, she is called the most damaging female spy in history. With never-before-seen details of the operation and unprecedented access to key characters in the story, Jim Popkin has provided a propulsive account about betrayal, the clandestine world of espionage and two sisters who chose two very different paths.