"Legacy of Lies" by Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington is one of my favorite books of recent years. An ex-MI6 officer teams up with an ex-journalist from Kyiv to expose the truth behind Russian secret operations. The result is a book that exposes Russia as a rogue state and a threat to Western civilization.
Nicholas was recruited by the British Secret Service and worked for the agency as a spy for thirty-two years until he decided to quit. At first, he was not happy about leaving the organization. But then he realized it was time for him to do what was right. He became a journalist and wrote his memoir, "The Legacy of Lies: My Thirty Years as a British Secret Agent."
In "The Legacy of Lies," Nicholas reveals how he began his career as a spy and how he managed to keep himself out of prison. He also tells us about his adventures in Eastern Europe. There, he was tasked to spy on the communist government and write articles about its corrupt activities. After a while, he fell into a deep relationship with a woman who was married to the head of the Cheka. Eventually, he fell out of love with her and was forced into a relationship with another woman.
He also reveals the lengths that the KGB went to in order to ensure that they were not caught spying. They planted bugs inside his office and even planted a bug in his American embassy. When he learned that they had a copy of his memoir, he decided to get rid of it. He told his former colleagues, but they ended up stealing his memoir anyway.
When I read this book, I thought it was an interesting, entertaining spy novel. I really enjoyed the twists and turns of the story, but I felt like the author had been overzealous in his explanation of the events. His descriptions of the way things used to be can be confusing. Also, the fact that he was such a spy for thirty-two years does not make him some kind of expert on the subject matter. He seems more interested in sharing the story of his experiences and the events that led up to his story than anything else.
Overall, "The Legacy of Lies" is a great read, but only if you're interested in learning about history and intrigue. If you are interested in Russian politics, I suggest you start at the beginning, move forward slowly, and read the whole thing in one sitting. or try it out on your Kindle.