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The Spy Who Couldn't Spell by Yudhijit Bhattacharjee
Nov 01, 2016 | ISBN 9780698404090

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“An excellent, highly engrossing account of the search for a man who was cunning, avaricious—and a dreadful speller….It is a pleasure to be in the hands of a writer who so skillfully weaves his assiduous research into polished prose….The Spy Who Couldn’t Spell presents an estimable, thoroughly enjoyable overview of espionage in the digital age.”—The Wall Street Journal

“Yudhijit Bhattacharjee has brought to light an intriguing tale of espionage and betrayal—a tale filled with twists and turns and powerful revelations.”David Grann, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon

“Brian Regan was an all too human spy, a trailblazer in the digital age—a mole who managed to squirrel away thousands of classified documents—and a brilliant, dyslexic cryptologist who was caught in part because he couldn’t spell. Yudhijit Bhattacharjee has penetrated the FBI and other parts of the intelligence community to write this fantastic true story—a captivating, gracefully-written narrative that is destined to become a classic in the history of code-breaking.”Kai Bird, Pulitzer Prize-winning Author of The Good Spy: The Life and Death of Robert Ames
“The cat-and-mouse espionage tale at the heart of The Spy Who Couldn’t Spell is so strange and so riveting that you can’t help but marvel at every turn. Enriched by years of painstaking reporting and a keen eye for detail, Yudhijit Bhattacharjee’s true-life page turner explores not only the complexities of modern spycraft, but also the ways in which humans can lose their moral bearings. This is a book to be savored as an expertly crafted thriller, and pondered as a nuanced meditation on the banality of evil.”—Brendan I. Koerner, Author of The Skies Belong to Us and Now the Hell Will Start

“A riveting, fast-paced account of how modern computer forensics and cryptography, combined with old-fashioned detective work, caught a most unusual spy. The Spy Who Couldn’t Spell is a real page-turner.”David Wise, Author of Tiger Trap: America’s Secret Spy War with China

The Spy Who Couldn’t Spell is a propulsive read about an insider whose betrayals we’d do well to remember. Yudhijit Bhattacharjee combines his talent as a top science writer with a gimlet eye for intrigue to sculpt a rich, suspenseful narrative.”—David Willman, Pulitzer Prize-winning Investigative Reporter for the Los Angeles Times and Author of The Mirage Man: Bruce Ivins, the Anthrax Attacks, and America’s Rush to War

“Like the FX show The Americans in a contemporary setting, or a John le Carré novel, The Spy Who Couldn’t Spell is the dramatic nonfiction story of the pursuit, capture and conviction of United States spy Brian Patrick Regan….Alongside news of WikiLeaks, Snowden disclosures, the Panama Papers, The Spy Who Couldn’t Spell is as real as it gets. Cryptography, hard drive scrubbing, server spoor tracking, old-school surveillance tails and wiretaps, psychological profiling and high-definition courtroom drama: Bhattacharjee tells a story that would make a kickass movie.” —ShelfAwareness

“Readers…will thoroughly enjoy this fast-moving account of a failed spy who, despite his incompetence, easily filched thousands of secrets.”—Publishers Weekly

“The author offers a compellingly seedy portrait of Regan, motivated to contemplate treason due to debt, career stagnation, and marital malaise….A well-written…tale of thwarted amateur treason underscoring the disturbing vulnerability of today’s intelligence systems.”—Kirkus Reviews
“In his first book, Bhattacharjee…will leave readers wondering whether classified information from the U.S. government is always vulnerable to being sold, for the right price….Readers interested in spy thrillers, cybercryptology, and the history of U.S. espionage will find this book to be both entertaining and helpful in understanding today’s complex landscape of leaked classified information.”—Booklist

“What distinguishes this real-world chronicle from similar others…is the author’s humane perspective…Recommended for spycraft buffs and general enthusiasts of U.S. intelligence operations and psychosocial factors behind espionage.”—Library Journal (starred review)

“A gripping tale and a powerful case for spell check.”—Esquire

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