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Length: 334 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Page Flip: Enabled Language: English

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“Riveting … A founding member of the FBI's National Security Division Behavioral Analysis Program recounts his dogged efforts to court and prosecute a bedraggled but brilliant young spy … A fascinating account of counterintelligence in the pre-cyber era and a reminder of how an astute interviewer can be an invaluable asset to law enforcement.”
Kirkus Reviews

“One of the most gripping cat-and-mouse espionage stories you’ll ever read—and it all really happened. Like the showdown between FBI profiler Will Graham and evil genius Hannibal Lecter portrayed in the book Red Dragon and its film adaptation Manhunter, this real-life account by FBI agent/body-language expert Joe Navarro of outwitting traitor/savant Rod Ramsay will irresistibly push you to the edge of your chair. What makes the read even more intense is that the stakes couldn’t be higher: possibly, the lives of every American if our hero doesn’t get his adversary to expose the full extent of what he’s wrought.”
Barry Eisler, New York Times bestselling author of Fault Line and The Detachment

“This book is, like its brilliant author, very knowing about what drives men—both good and bad—to excess.  And as the revelations build to a crescendo, we shake our heads at how thoroughly misinformed we are about our own security.  If there’s only one book you read about a mole hunt, read this one. Certainly, any new FBI or CIA recruit should be given a copy upon walking through the door.”
Robert Baer, former CIA operative and New York Times bestselling author of See No Evil, Sleeping with the Devil, and The Perfect Kill

“Like fiction but better, Three Minutes to Doomsday tells the almost-too-incredible-to-be-believed story of an enormous espionage case involving three generations of spies spanning thirty years in half a dozen countries. Coincidentally, at the case’s height, Joe Navarro and I were both trying to penetrate the spy ring—he the FBI agent trying to make an arrest and protect national security, and me the journalist trying to land an interview that would expose the truth. In the end, we both succeeded in what was the ultimate true-life spy story.”
James Bamford, New York Times bestselling author of The Shadow Factory: The Ultra-Secret NSA from 9/11 to the Eavesdropping on America

"A gripping account of dogged intelligence professionals at work against a treacherous but brilliant cabal of American soldiers who, if never exposed, could have changed the course of the Cold War. Fortunately, traitor Rod Ramsay met his intellectual match in Joe Navarro who superbly won the interrogation chess game and saved the nation. Three Minutes to Doomsday is a breathtaking account of the most important spy case of the century told by the man who relentlessly pursued it to its conclusion."
Harry E. Soyster, former Commanding General of the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM) and former Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency

“A spellbinding first-person account of brilliant psychological manipulation, meticulous research, and admirable personal sacrifice.  Navarro matched wits with the canny traitor Ramsay, gained his trust, and exploited his towering ego eventually to wrest a confession that plunged the FBI, the NSA, and the Department of Justice into a panic.  At once unique and electrifying, Three Minutes to Doomsday will fascinate students of history and spy junkies alike.”
Jason Matthews, New York Times bestselling author of Red Sparrow and Palace of Treason

 “This book by an FBI agent who became one of the most creative and effective counterintelligence officers in the Bureau focuses on the pursuit of US Army traitor Rod Ramsay who, among many nefarious acts, helped spirit the defense plans of Western Europe to the Soviet Union and Warsaw Pact.  Three Minutes to Doomsday is a great espionage story told brilliantly—indeed, a must read for anyone who wants to know the secret history of espionage.”
David Major, Founder of the CI Centre, retired FBI Special Agent, and former Director of Intelligence and Counterintelligence Programs for the National Security Council

“As compelling and unputdownable as it is terrifying…For anyone even remotely intrigued by spies, tradecraft, Soviets, Cold War Europe, nuclear war action plans, the daily life of FBI agents, high-end espionage prosecutions, or simply how to tell if someone is lying to you, Three Minutes to Doomsday is a ride you have to take.”
Nils Johnson-Shelton, New York Times bestselling coauthor of No Angel 

“Both exhilarating and frightening, this is former FBI agent Joe Navarro’s account of discovering and ferreting out one of the largest and most insidious espionage breaches in US history. The tradecraft on display will remind readers of a John Le Carre novel, but, shockingly, it’s all true!”
Robert K. Wittman, founder of the FBI Art Crime Team and New York Times bestselling author of Priceless and The Devil’s Diary

“Three Minutes to Doomsday invites you into the muddied waters of counter-espionage—where often the rules are: befriend your enemy, lie to your friends, and watch extra carefully so that your own headquarters doesn’t stab you in the back.  The price paid by our men in the shadows, whose job is to keep us safe, is rarely seen; nor is it visible how close our nation is to disaster at any moment.  Joe Navarro’s book will send chills into readers as they consider the grave dangers we confront, and it will make them ache at the losses suffered by those who frequently risk all.”
Glenn L. Carle, former CIA officer and author of The Interrogator --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

From the Inside Flap

It’s 1988, and FBI agent Joe Navarro’s time is divided between SWAT missions, flying air reconnaissance and working counter-intelligence. But he’s a body-language expert with an uncanny ability to ‘read’ those he interrogates and what he craves is an assignment that will get him noticed by the Bureau’s top brass. But, as he would come to learn, be careful what you wish for . . .

It began as a routine job: interviewing a ‘person of interest’ – Rod Ramsay, a former American soldier with links to another, Clyde Conrad, recently arrested in Germany on espionage charges. But as the questioning continued, Navarro noticed something about Ramsay: a minute tic in his hand whenever Conrad’s name was mentioned. Not a lot to go on, but he smelled a rat. The investigation that followed is unique in the annals of espionage detection . . .

Three Minutes to Doomsday is the true story of an extraordinary game of cat-and-mouse played at the highest level. With an FBI agent who could not reveal that he suspects his target on one side, and a traitor, a seller of his country’s secrets – a genius whose weakness is the thrill he gets from sparring with his inquisitor – on the other, this battle of wits would be fought out against one of the most turbulent periods of the late 20th century as the Soviet Bloc crumbled.

Navarro’s edge-of-your-seat memoir reveals the shocking, inside details of the investigation he spearheaded and stands as one of the most extraordinary stories of espionage, betrayal and investigation to have yet emerged from the Cold War. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

Product details

  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • File Size : 8455 KB
  • Print Length : 334 pages
  • Language: : English
  • Publisher : Transworld Digital (20 April 2017)
  • ASIN : B01I0RU1LM
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN : 0857503413
  • Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Enabled
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62 ratings
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