The Spy Who Came in from the ColdRead about a work of nonfiction on the list.
by John le Carre
Le Carre's seminal work, hailed for its authenticity, dispenses with the glamor of James Bond and delivers a spy novel taut and troubling with its moral ambiguities and myriad betrayals. At the center is Alec Leamas, a stalwart servant of British intelligence who must sacrifice everything he holds dear and venture back into the East to discredit his Soviet counterpart. But is he a pawn in larger plans beyond his comprehension? Notable for one of the most devastating final scenes you'll ever read, as the balance of Leamas's fate teeters, literally, atop the Berlin Wall.
The Spy Who Came in from the Cold is one of Keith Jeffery's five best books about Britain's Secret Service.