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Jack Barsky’s life has been equal parts improbable, impossible and inspiring. CBS’ 60 Minutes found it so interesting they aired his story twice.

This true spy story had a very humble beginning in a backward corner of old East Germany. Smarts and hard work earned Jack a career teaching chemistry and math at a prestigious university.

Then his life took a fantastic detour – Jack was recruited by the KGB and infiltrated into the US where he spent ten years spying for the Soviet Union.

He later “resigned” from the KGB and, after decades living under an assumed identity, was discovered by the FBI.

Today, Jack is a law-abiding, patriotic American citizen enjoying this most improbable of chances to live a ‘normal’ life.

He is now taking his eye opening story of life on both sides of the Iron Curtain to live audiences.

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Jack Barsky, Speaker

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An Amazing Speaker With a Unique Story

Jack Barsky’s life is a thrilling journey through the Cold War, embodying the rise and fall of 20th-century Communism.

His story is a Shakespearean saga of ambition, deceit, betrayal, and redemption set against the epic clash of ideologies.

Dive into the shadowy world of espionage and witness a man’s battle to transcend his dark past.

Prepare to be captivated, enlightened, and profoundly moved.

Speaker Facts:

Great for: Corporate events and churches.

Venues: From large group keynotes to intimate settings

Travels from: Austin, Texas

Speaking style: Thoughtful, authentic, ranging from low key to high energy.

Body of Work

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Topics Include:

Inside the KGB: A Personal History
Undercover Espionage: Myth and Reality
An Undercover Love Story
From Russia with Love?
Cyber Security and the Insider Threat
“Be Still and Know That I Am God” – Jack’s Faith Testimony


Read His Story in Deep Undercover 

Jack’s story is laid out in length in his book, Deep Undercover. Joel Fields, Executive Producer of the successful show “The Americans” says, “Jack Barsky’s ultimate act of courage is sharing this intimate story that sheds light on the true personal consequences of a life in espionage. Gripping and emotional, Deep Undercover peers beyond the Iron Curtain for a look into the world of a KGB officer illegally living abroad.”

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