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An American Spymaster, His Russian Crown Jewel,
and the Friendship That Helped End the Cold War

2017_Spies in the Family posted 8 March 2017

A riveting true-life thriller and revealing memoir from the daughter of an American intelligence officer—the astonishing true story of two spies and their families on opposite sides of the Cold War.

In the summer of 1975, seventeen-year-old Eva Dillon (Class of 1975) and her family were living in New Delhi when her father was exposed as a CIA spy. Eva had long believed that her father was a U.S. State Department employee. She had no idea that he was handling the CIA’s highest-ranking double agent—Dmitri Fedorovich Polyakov—a Soviet general whose code name was TOPHAT.

Read more on Amazon

From Eva Dillon (Class of 1975):
HarperCollins is publishing a book I've written about my father, a CIA officer, and the Soviet General double agent he handled – the highest ranking, longest serving asset the U.S. had during the Cold War. It is also a memoir about both families growing up unknowingly as the children of spies.

You can read more about SPIES IN THE FAMILY on Amazon. I hope you will pre-order it (to arrive in your mailbox on May 9, 2017) and forward this message to family and friends.

Here are some reviews from people who have read an advance copy of the book:

A riveting read, Dillon creatively weaves the narratives of her CIA father's career and family life with those of Dmitri Polyakov, one of the Cold War's most valuable Russian assets. General Polyakov's commitment to this country, and his own, is an untold and important story that's been a long time coming — and with this book, worth the wait.
The Hon. John Lehman, Former Secretary of the Navy and 9/11 Commissioner

What an amazing story! This spellbinder spans lives, families and politics on opposite sides of the Cold War, to examine timeless questions of honor, loyalty and betrayal. Combining suspenseful accounts of two intelligence agents deeply committed to avoiding nuclear war with each family's unique — and heartbreaking — experiences unknowingly growing up as the children of spies, this suspenseful and moving story is gripping from start to finish.
Jacqueline Leo, President and Editor in Chief, The Fiscal Times

A beautifully written, profoundly moving account of one of the most important U.S Intelligence sources ever run inside the Soviet Union. A cliff-hanger from beginning to end, Dillon's account is filled with espionage tradecraft and family drama – essential reading for intelligence professionals, memoir enthusiasts, and anyone fascinated by how spying really works.
Peter Earnest, Executive Director, International Spy Museum

THANK YOU for your support.

posted 3 May 2017

So proud of you, Eva Dillon (AES Class of 1975), for being awarded a Kirkus Star! We mentioned this upcoming book back in March and want to remind alumni that SPIES IN THE FAMILY will be released in five more days - 9 May 2017. Be sure to order your copy!! This book may be pre-ordered at Amazon

posted 15 May 2017

SPIES IN THE FAMILY by Eva Dillon (AES Class of 1975) was released last week, and many of our alumni have received their copies.

SPIES IN THE FAMILY is a riveting true-life thriller and revealing memoir from the daughter of an American intelligence officer - the astonishing true story of two spies and their families on opposite sides of the Cold War. If you haven't ordered your book yet, it is sold in bookstores everywhere at,, and Apple iBooks.

posted 21 May 2017

Check out my opinion piece that was just posted
on The Daily Beast! - Eva Dillon (Class of 1975)


posted 17 December 2017

Of my various reviews and awards, I’m most proud of this one I got yesterday for my book Spies in the Family: BEST INTELLIGENCE BOOK Of 2017 by the Association of Former Intelligence Officers, the largest and most prestigious intelligence association in the U.S.
Certificate below says: "Dillon's account is both a gripping spy story and a highly personal memoir, and is one of the best portrayals of the human elements involved in the business."
- Eva Dillon (Class of 1975)

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