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Author Navarro, Joe, 1953- author
Title Three minutes to doomsday : an agent, a traitor, and the worst espionage breach in US history / Joe Navarro
Published New York : Scribner, 2017
 Rodman Main Adult  327.12 N322    AVAILABLE
Edition First Scribner hardcover edition
Descript xiv, 349 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Content text
Media unmediated
Carrier volume
Note Includes index
Contents "Subject Ramsay was naked..." -- Lifestyle issues -- Tired and wired -- Clarifications and evasions -- Triumph and despair -- Work-arounds -- Taking stock -- My year in the desert -- She-moody -- The education of Navarro -- Smartest guy in the room -- This changes everything? -- Cognitive dissonance -- "Something's got to give" -- First date -- Josef Schneider Plaza #4 -- Holy shit! -- French cuffs and suspenders -- Inside the antenna farm -- Multiple choice -- Up close and personal -- Places, everyone! -- "Does Joe Navarro know about this?" -- Staying alive
Summary "In 1988 Joe Navarro, one of the youngest agents ever hired by the FBI, was dividing his time between SWAT assignments, flying air reconnaissance, and working counter-intelligence. But his real expertise was "reading" body language. He possessed an uncanny ability to glean the thoughts of those he interrogated. So it was that, on a routine assignment to interview a "person of interest"--a former American soldier named Rod Ramsay--Navarro noticed his interviewee's hand trembling slightly when he was asked about another soldier who had recently been arrested in Germany on suspicion of espionage. That thin lead was enough for the FBI agent to insist to his bosses that an investigation be opened. What followed is unique in the annals of espionage detection--a two-year-long battle of wits. The dueling antagonists: an FBI agent who couldn't overtly tip to his target that he suspected him of wrongdoing lest he clam up, and a traitor whose weakness was the enjoyment he derived from sparring with his inquisitor. Navarro's job was made even more difficult by his adversary's brilliance: not only did Ramsay possess an authentic photographic memory as well as the second highest IQ ever recorded by the US Army, he was bored by people who couldn't match his erudition. To ensure that the information flow would continue, Navarro had to pre-choreograph every interview, becoming a chess master plotting twenty moves in advance. And the backdrop to this mental tug of war was the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the very real possibility that its leaders, in a last bid to alter the course of history, might launch a devastating attack. If they did, they would have Ramsay to thank, because as Navarro would learn over the course of forty-two mind-bending interviews, Ramsay had, by his stunning intelligence giveaways, handed the Soviets the ability to utterly destroy the US. The story of a determined hero who pushed himself to jaw-dropping levels of exhaustion and who rallied his team to expose undreamed of vulnerabilities in America's defense, Three Minutes to Doomsday will leave the reader with disturbing thoughts of the risks the country takes even today with its most protected national secrets."--Amazon
Subject Ramsay, Rod
Navarro, Joe, 1953-
Espionage -- Soviet Union -- History -- 20th century
Espionage -- United States -- History -- 20th century
United States. Federal Bureau of Investigation -- Officials and employees -- Biography
ISBN 1501128272

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