Deep Undercover - Jack Barsky

Deep Undercover

By Jack Barsky

  • Release Date: 2017-03-21
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 115 Ratings


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 will reveal the secret life of this man without a country and tell the story no one ever expected him to tell.


  • Fascinating read

    By JohnW262
    Couldn’t put it down. Brilliant story telling!
  • Wonderful book!!

    By Charlottesnotmyname
    I was looking for a book to read so I came across this. I started reading it thinking it would be a regular boring book that just talks about history stuff. As I began to read more and more of it I loved every word of it. I finished it and would totally read it again. It’s very inspiring and encouraging. Also really good for times when traveling or bored.
  • Truth is better than Fiction

    By Sandy skates
    A book of amazing insight into a world that most of us really know little about. Having read many books on spies - this actual real-life-spy memoir is most interesting and the transformation from cold-war enemy spy to full-fledged US Citizenship is amazing.
  • Simply amazing.

    By Jorgeg99
    I was not able to stop reading, I loved it, simply amazing.
  • Honest

    By brain0001
    Looks into the depths of a spy in a way I have not seen before
  • Lack of depth

    By etmdc
    This had potential to be an interesting book. However, the author spends so much time on his pre spy and post spy life that the reader is left wanting and regretful. If after so much time in the US, the only meaningful intelligence gained was insurance software, then it's hard to see why he was awarded The Red Banner, the USSRs 2nd highest espionage award. Either the author left out the most important part of the story or we grossly overestimated the espionage efforts and results enjoyed by the Soviet Union. This book lacked substance on the issue most readers would buy it.