A thirty-year veteran of the CIA's clandestine services, Milt
Bearden was chief of the Soviet/East European Division at the time
of the collapse of the Soviet Union. As CIA chief in Pakistan, he
supplied the Afghan freedom fighters who overthrew the Soviets. He
received the Donovan Award and the Distinguished Intelligence
Medal, the CIA's highest honor. He is featured in the Discovery
Channel's Secret Warriors and the BBC's Covert
Action. He was born in Oklahoma and spent his childhood in
Washington State, where his father worked on the Manhattan Project.
He served in the Air Force before joining the CIA in 1964 and
currently lives outside Washington, D.C., with his French-born
James Risen covers national security for The New York Times. He was a member of the team that won the Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting in 2002 for coverage of September 11 and terrorism, and he is coauthor of Wrath of Angels. He lives outside Washington, D.C., with his wife and three sons.
Bearden, who headed up the CIA's Soviet/ Eastern European division as the Soviet Union was coming undone, joins with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Risen to chronicle those fateful years. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
"Fascinating stuff... an inside view of a complex world... it doesn't get any better than this. It's great." - Robert De Niro "Some study war from an armchair; others through field glasses. The best go into the firing line. Milt Bearden of the CIA was one of those. For those of us who recall the Cold War, this is fascinating stuff. For those who are too young, read and learn." - Frederick Forsyth, author of The Day of the Jackal and The Dogs of War "Risen, the journalistic outsider, and Bearden, the clandestine insider, have combined their insight and knowledge to give us a compelling account of the last flerce days of Cold War machinations between Soviet and American intelligence. This is history very up close and very personal." - Seymour M. Hersh"