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SPY STORIES : Inside the Secret World of the R.A.W. and the I.S.I.

 | Book Awards 2022 | English Non-fiction

SPY STORIES : Inside the Secret World of the R.A.W. and the I.S.I.

From 9/11 to 26/11, Burhan Wani to Kulbhushan Jadhav – the India–Pakistan relationship told from the perspective of the R.A.W. and the I.S.I. With unprecedented access to the R.A.W. and the I.S.I., the world’s most inscrutable spy agencies, Adrian Levy and Cathy Scott-Clark describe the workings of bitter rivals, mapping their complicated history from the 1960s to the present day. From the Parliament attacks to Pulwama, 9/11 to Osama bin Laden’s assassination, the rise of terror’s shadow armies to the fall of Kulbhushan Jadhav, here are some of the key events that have shaped the region, told from the split viewpoints of duelling enemies. Levy and Scott-Clark also uncover a darker seam – of the destructive impact of C.I.A. interference, and how the I.S.I. fought for its life against dark forces it once funded, while the R.A.W. created ghost enemies to strengthen its hand. Revelatory and unputdownable, Spy Stories clears the fog to reveal the spies and their assets, as you have never seen them before.

Full Title: SPY STORIES : Inside the Secret World of the R.A.W. and the I.S.I.

Author: Cathy Scott-Clark & Adrian Levy
Publisher: Juggernaut Books

Award Category: English Non-fiction
About the Book: 

From 9/11 to 26/11, Burhan Wani to Kulbhushan Jadhav – the India–Pakistan relationship told from the perspective of the R.A.W. and the I.S.I. With unprecedented access to the R.A.W. and the I.S.I., the world’s most inscrutable spy agencies, Adrian Levy and Cathy Scott-Clark describe the workings of bitter rivals, mapping their complicated history from the 1960s to the present day. From the Parliament attacks to Pulwama, 9/11 to Osama bin Laden’s assassination, the rise of terror’s shadow armies to the fall of Kulbhushan Jadhav, here are some of the key events that have shaped the region, told from the split viewpoints of duelling enemies. Levy and Scott-Clark also uncover a darker seam – of the destructive impact of C.I.A. interference, and how the I.S.I. fought for its life against dark forces it once funded, while the R.A.W. created ghost enemies to strengthen its hand. Revelatory and unputdownable, Spy Stories clears the fog to reveal the spies and their assets, as you have never seen them before.


About the Author: 

Former award-winning writers and foreign correspondents for The Sunday Times and then The Guardian, Adrian Levy and Cathy Scott- Clark have also produced documentaries for HBO, PBS, BBC 1, BBC 2, C4, Facebook, and VICE TV. In 2010, their film City of Fear, on Pakistan’s bloodiest year, was nominated at the Edinburgh International Television Festival. Their C4 documentary Torture Trail won the 2013 Amnesty International award, was shortlisted for the Grierson award, and was a finalist in the Rory Pecks. Chinese Murder Mystery, an investigation into a Communist Party killer, was longlisted for a BAFTA and nominated for the Monte Carlo Television Awards. They produced episodes for the Emmy-winning Vice on HBO. Currently, they are producing a feature documentary, Forever Patient, directed by Academy Award winner Alex Gibney, investigating C.I.A. enhanced interrogation. Their first book, The Stone of Heaven (2001), was a finalist in Borders New Voices competition. Their second, The Amber Room (2004), was a New York Times Book of the Year. Deception (2008) was a finalist in the Royal United Services Institute, Duke of Westminster’s medal for Military History. The Meadow, published by Penguin (2012), won the Ramnath Goenka Award. The Siege (2013), an account of 26/11, won the CWA Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction. Their sixth non-fiction book, The Exile (2017), is a kitchen sink drama of the bin Ladens.


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