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OLLI Lecture: David Hoffman, The Billion Dollar Spy

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Spring Valley Building American University

4801 Massachusetts Ave. NW

Room A-101, First Floor

Washington, DC 20016

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David Hoffman is the author of one of the best spy stories ever told. Based on 944 pages of cables between CIA operatives in Moscow and Washington, Hoffman pieced together the true story of Adolf Tolkachev, the most valuable spy America ever recruited in Russia. The spy’s photographs of Soviet weapon specs are estimated to have saved the US over $2 billion in weapons research and development. Tolkachev, embittered by the execution and exile of his wife’s parents, evaded detection for six years before his betrayal.

David Hoffman is a contributing editor and serves on the editorial board of The Washington Post. He was the Post’s White House correspondent during the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, and then bureau chief in Jerusalem and Moscow. He is a correspondent for the PBS investigative series, FRONTLINE, and author of three books. His book, The Dead Hand: The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race and Its Dangerous Legacy, won the Pulitzer Prize in 2010.

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Spring Valley Building American University

4801 Massachusetts Ave. NW

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Washington, DC 20016

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