Three Minutes to Doomsday

Three Minutes to Doomsday

Scribner | April 18, 2017 | 352 pages

This edge-of-your-seat memoir from former FBI agent Joe Navarro reveals the shocking, inside details of how he spearheaded a 1980s investigation into a colossal espionage breach that would have left the US defenseless in a Soviet attack. In 1988 FBI Agent Joe Navarro divides his time among SWAT assignments, flying air reconnaissance and working counterintelligence. He is a body-language expert with an uncanny ability to “read” the suspects he interrogates—skills that headquarters has failed to appreciate. That is, until Joe interviews Rod Ramsay. Ramsay is a former American soldier who is linked to a soldier-turned-traitor, Clyde Conrad. When Navarro notices Ramsay’s hand twitch at the mention of Conrad’s name, Joe thinks he smells a liar. He insists to his bosses that they launch an investigation. What follows is unique in the annals of espionage detection—a cat-and-mouse game played at the highest level. Navarro is the FBI agent who can’t overtly tip to his target that he suspects him of wrongdoing lest he clam up, and Rod Ramsey is the suspected traitor—an evil genius with the second highest IQ ever recorded by the US Army—who enjoys sparring with his inquisitor. Navarro must pre-choreograph every interview, becoming a chess master plotting twenty moves in advance. And the backdrop to this battle of wits is the crumbling of the Soviet Union and the very real possibility that Russian leaders may launch all-out war. If they do, they will have Ramsay to thank, because as Navarro learns over the course of nearly fifty mind-bending interviews, Ramsay has handed the Soviets the ability to utterly destroy the US. Three Minutes to Doomsday puts it all into exciting focus, from the shocking revelations of what Ramsay and other American soldiers leaked to the human factors that even today expose our most critical secrets to thievery.

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ISBN: 9781501128271

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