Unknown History is on hiatus between seasons, but in the meantime, we hope you enjoy this special excerpt from Agent Sniper: The Cold War Superagent and the Ruthless Head of the CIA by Tim Tate, presented by our colleagues at Macmillan Audio.
Hello and welcome to Unknown History. I’m your host, Giles Milton.
If you listened to the last season of this show, inspired by my new book, Checkmate in Berlin, you learned all about the tensions in postwar Europe that provoked the Cold War. (And if you haven’t listened to that season, I highly recommend you catch up!)
Today, I want to tell you about a new audiobook that sheds more light on that same period of history: Agent Sniper by Tim Tate.
Agent Sniper tells the story of one of the most important spies of the early Cold War: Michal Goleniewski, codename Sniper. For years, as a Lieutenant Colonel at the top of Poland’s espionage service, Sniper smuggled thousands of top-secret Soviet documents from behind the Iron Curtain. In January 1961, he abandoned his family to make a dramatic defection across Berlin with his mistress to the safety of American territory. There, he exposed more than 1,600 Soviet bloc agents operating undercover in the West—more than any single spy in history. Much of his career is still kept secret, so the full story of his exploits has never been told until now.
Press play on the red audio player above for an exclusive clip from the new audiobook. If you like what you hear, you can get the book on Amazon, Audible, Barnes & Noble, Bookshop, or wherever books or audiobooks are sold.