American Spies: Espionage against the United States from the Cold War to the Present
Michael J. Sulick. Washington, DC, Georgetown University Press, 2013. 304 pp. Biblio. Notes. $26.95.
Reviewed by Rear Admiral Thomas A. Brooks, U.S. Navy (Retired)
Michael Sulick’s first book, Spying in America: Espionage from the Revolutionary War to the Dawn of the Cold War (Georgetown University Press, 2012) covered the period from George Washington to the early post-World War II era. American Spies is the follow-on work and covers espionage against the United States from the era of Whittaker Chambers−Alger Hiss to the era of cyber space.
The author served as both the head of the National Clandestine Service (2007−10) and the head of CIA counterintelligence (2002−04) and can claim an expert understanding of how the United States recruits spies and how we uncover spies among us. This book is about the spies among us—not the spies we recruit. Perhaps a more accurate title might have been American Traitors, for that was indeed what they were.