I love a cyanide pill as much as the next guy, so what’s not to like about David E. Hoffman’s “The Billion Dollar Spy?” Being forty-seven-years-old I remember The Cold War, and I remember the underlying threat simmering just below the continental plates of the 1970’s and 1980’s. This was heavy duty espionage era. Tradecraft and high-stakes poker with human lives. Moscow was a tough horse to break, but via time and diligence sources were developed, including the central figure in Hoffman’s real-life thriller. Hoffman, a Pulitzer winner, goes above and beyond by accessing previously secret documents. I sometimes struggle to write blog posts, so reading something this epic often leaves me somewhat speechless. I looked up and the first 50-pages were done. My mind deep inside the illusion, through is words, allowed me to imagine. Ever wanted to be a spy, this is a book for you. I’d never make it. Moscow is too cold and my Russian is passable at best……..