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Autobiography, World Politics, Canadian Intelligence, Military History, Canadian Military, Cold War, Political History

Out of the Shadows, the Life of a CSE Canadian Intelligence Officer
by Ron Lawruk

Canadian, US, and Soviet/Russian spy operations that began in the Arctic in the 1930s continue to this day.

In this first-hand account as an intelligence officer with the Communications Security Establishment at the Canadian Department of National Defense, author Ronald Lawruk describes the Cold War years with an insider’s perspective. The nature of his work required him to be highly secretive—he could not share a whiff of it to anyone, even his wife. Even so, there are plenty of laughs amid tense tales of real-life war games in the frozen Arctic and briefings from high level government officials. From Ottawa to Washington to Moscow, Out of the Shadows: The Life of a CSE Canadian Intelligence Officer will change the way you think about Canadian intelligence and heighten your awareness of current Arctic sovereignty issues.

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Ron Lawruk was born in Ottawa and graduated from St. Patrick’s College. Over his 32-year career he wrote intelligence reports and papers for international conferences and also spent three years as the Assistant Canadian Liaison Officer at the U.S. National Security Agency in Maryland. His first fiction storybook for children, A Bark is Worse Than a Bite, was published in 2007, followed by a series of non-fiction short stories, A Funny Thing Happened on my Way to Puberty, released in 2008. His first novel, written in the late 1980s, A Spy Too Close, was released in 2008. Lawruk used his knowledge of the Soviet intelligence community to develop a plot involving a female Russian spy who infiltrated the White House, a fictitious Canadian Security and Intelligence Service officer, and an FBI Agent. This book evolved into a trilogy; Alliance of Terror, also written in the 1980s and remarkably paralleling the 9/11 attack on New York, was released in 2009. His third book, If Words Could Kill, centres around a CIA plot to eliminate foreign press members opposed to President Obama. In 2010 he released a short story collection, Murder in the Resort, and in 2011 he published For Love and Country, A Canadian Soldiers Story, a biography about a cousin who suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder. Ron enjoys golf, traveling, movies, Texas Hold’em and dancing.


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