A Very Expensive Poison

Luke Harding

Recommended By

Book Synopsis

"A Very Expensive Poison" by Luke Harding is a gripping true story that delves into the mysterious assassination of a Russian whistleblower, Alexander Litvinenko. This meticulously researched and captivating book presents a chilling account of international espionage, political intrigue, and the deadly use of a rare radioactive substance.

Set in the heart of London in November 2006, the narrative unfolds with the sudden hospitalization of Litvinenko, a former FSB agent turned critic of the Russian government. As his condition rapidly deteriorates, British authorities become suspicious of a potential poisoning, leading to a high-profile investigation.

Harding skillfully uncovers the complex web of events that led to Litvinenko's tragic demise. From tracing the dangerous journey of a lethal poison, polonium-210, from Russia to a central London hotel, to revealing the involvement of Russian state actors, the book sheds light on the disturbing tactics employed by those in power.

Through in-depth interviews with key witnesses and analysis of classified documents, Harding reveals shocking revelations about Litvinenko's life and how he became a target. This captivating account also explores the wider implications of his murder, including the strained relations between Russia and the Western world.

"A Very Expensive Poison" is not only a thrilling investigation into a brazen act of state-sponsored violence, but also a chilling examination of the ever-evolving tactics used by modern intelligence agencies. Harding's storytelling prowess keeps readers on the edge of their seats as he masterfully unveils the complex layers of this compelling true crime story.

Explore More Books

See All
Natural Capitalism
The Uterus Is a Feature, Not a Bug
The Story of Civilization: The Age of Louis XIV
Self Reliance
The Hard Thing About Hard Things
Altars of Unhewn Stone
The Varieties of Religious Experience
Accidental Presidents
The Science of Conjecture
The Gifts of Imperfection
One of a Kind
Am I Being Too Subtle?
Hell Yeah or No
The Wealth of Nations
Benjamin Franklin
The Power of Full Engagement
Anthropic Bias
Old Man and the Sea
The Tao of Charlie Munger
Good Economics For Hard Times
Team of Teams
The Venture Mindset
When Money Dies
Now, Discover Your Strengths
Modelling Extremal Events
Changes in the Land
Tuxedo Park
Profile of a Nation
The Golden Compass
The Last Lion
Survival to Thrival
Benjamin Franklin
Competition Demystified
The Botany of Desire
Bad Blood
An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth
Innovating Out of Crisis
The Reluctant Mr. Darwin
The First Conspiracy
Founders at Work
The Power of Myth
Monetizing Innovation
The Aspirational Investor
Nixon Agonistes
Strength In Stillness
How to Read a Book
The Neverending Story
A Guide To Econometrics
To Dare and to Conquer
Follow The Money
Homo Deus
A Guide To The Good Life
The Snow Leopard
A Practical Guide for Policy Analysis
Screw Business As Usual
The Art of War
The Three Marriages
Intellectual Life in the Middle Ages
More From Less
The River of Doubt
The Start-up of You
The Body Keeps The Score
A Year with Rumi
Keeping At It
Getting to Maybe
Speak Like Churchill, Stand Like Lincoln
Zorba the Greek
Ghost Fleet
King of Capital
Models. Behaving. Badly.
Nothing To Lose
No Applause - Just Throw Money
Something Deeply Hidden
The Hate U Give
Who Really Matters
Who's In Charge
The Great Rupture
The Role of the Individual in History
The Book of Nothing
High Growth Handbook
The Old Way
The Agile Gene
Mathematician's Delight
The Feynman Lectures on Physics
The Score Takes Care of Itself
7 Powers
The Law
The Lord of the Rings
The Dip
The Wealth and Poverty of Nations
The Song Machine
Steal Like an Artist
Gang Leader for a Day
Out of Mao's Shadow
Mycelium Running