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Author: Yudhijit Bhattacharjee Narrator: Robert Fass Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2016 ISBN: 9781524708047
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The thrilling, true-life account of the FBI’s hunt for the ingenious traitor Brian Regan—known as the Spy Who Couldn’t Spell.

Before Edward Snowden’s infamous data breach, the largest theft of government secrets was committed by an ingenious traitor whose intricate espionage scheme and complex system of coded messages were made even more baffling by his dyslexia. His name is Brian Regan, but he came to be known as The Spy Who Couldn’t Spell.
In December of 2000, FBI Special Agent Steven Carr of the bureau’s Washington, D.C., office received a package from FBI New York: a series of coded letters from an anonymous sender to the Libyan consulate, offering to sell classified United States intelligence. The offer, and the threat, were all too real. A self-proclaimed CIA analyst with top secret clearance had information about U.S. reconnaissance satellites, air defense systems, weapons depots, munitions factories, and underground bunkers throughout the Middle East.
Rooting out the traitor would not be easy, but certain clues suggested a government agent with a military background, a family, and a dire need for money. Leading a diligent team of investigators and code breakers, Carr spent years hunting down a dangerous spy and his cache of stolen secrets.
In this fast-paced true-life spy thriller, Yudhijit Bhattacharjee reveals how the FBI unraveled Regan’s strange web of codes to build a case against a man who nearly collapsed America's military security.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A riveting, fast-paced account of how modern computer forensics and cryptography, combined with old-fashioned detective work, caught a most unusual spy.”

    David Wise, New York Times bestselling author

  • “An excellent, highly engrossing account…It is a pleasure to be in the hands of a writer who so skillfully weaves his assiduous research into polished prose…An estimable, thoroughly enjoyable overview of espionage in the digital age.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Cryptography, hard-drive scrubbing, server-spoor tracking, old-school surveillance tails and wiretaps, psychological profiling, and high-definition courtroom drama: Bhattacharjee tells a story that would make a kickass movie.”

    Shelf Awareness

  • “The author puts the listener in the middle of the investigation from the start, giving Robert Fass’ methodical narration extra power. Listeners will feel like they’re unraveling the mystery, too. Once listeners are engaged, the details of Regan’s dyslexia and unhappy youth as well as the effort required to bring him down are compelling. Some of Regan’s mistakes were ridiculous, but Fass gently emphasizes the drama of the case. Current news stories of high-tech hacking make Regan’s story timely.”


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About the Author

Yudhijit Bhattacharjee is an award-winning writer whose features and essays on espionage, cybercrime, science, and medicine have appeared in the New Yorker, New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, Wired, and other US magazines. He spent eleven years as a staff writer at the weekly journal Science, writing about neuroscience, astronomy and other topics in research and science policy. His work has been anthologized in the Best American Science and Nature Writing series. He earned an undergraduate degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, and a master’s in journalism from Ohio State University.

About the Narrator

Robert Fass is a veteran actor and twice winner of the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. He has earned mulltiple Earphones Awards, including one for his narration of Francisco Goldman’s Say Her Name, which was named one of AudioFile magazine’s Best Audiobooks of 2011. He has given voice to modern and classic fiction writers alike, including Ray Bradbury, Joyce Carol Oates, Isaac Asimov, Jeffrey Deaver, and John Steinbeck, as well as to nonfiction works in history, memoir, health, journalism, and business.