EBOOK DOWNLOAD The Sword and the Shield The Mitrokhin Archive and the Secret History of the KGB


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  • The Sword and the Shield The Mitrokhin Archive and the Secret History of the KGB
  • Christopher M. Andrew
  • English
  • 01 February 2019
  • 9780140284874

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Read & Download The Sword and the Shield The Mitrokhin Archive and the Secret History of the KGB The Sword and the Shield The Mitrokhin Archive and the Secret History of the KGB Free download Ä 105 E and extensive intelligence ever received from any source' This extraordinary bestselling book is the result'Co authored in a brilliant partnership by Christopher Andrew and the renegade Soviet archivist himself This is a truly global exposé of major KGB penetrations throughout the Western world' T. uite recently a colleague told me that he resented a newspaper columnist who had referred to a relative of his as a communist spy My colleague believed his relative had been an innocent victim of McCarthyist red baiting I knew that his relative was no innocent but a high level KGB operative It said so in the Mitrokhin Archive vol I The Sword and the ShieldOne of the tragedies of the Cold War is that many western communist spies traitors to their own countries and dupes to one of the worst systems humanity has ever known managed to rebrand themselves as victims of persecution The paradigm for this view is Miller s The Crucible where for witches one should read spies Except that there were no real witches but there sure were real spies The Rosenbergs were spies and they did help Stalin put together his nuclear weapons Alger Hiss was a spy And so on and on And as we have known or suspected for a long time many NGOs such as the World Council of Churches and many political parties and publications were also preferred haunts for KGB agents and contacts in its neverending propaganda warVolume I of the Mitrokhin files is bulky and longwinded The writing is what used to be described as workmanlike in that it goes to some lengths to avoid rethoric and even elegance It just piles on fact upon fact The facts are fascinating As noted above many of us knew that the governing and the chattering classes of the West were filled with spies and fellow travelers but the sheer magnitude of that presence is impressive We also knew that the Soviet leadership often did not manage to make the best possible use of the extraordinary intelligence these spies provided remember Sorge s warning about operation Barbarossa and how Stalin dismissed him as a stooge to the British The book goes in mind numbing detail on just how often political or personal prejudice stood in the way of taking advantage of the informationAs a Latin American I am a much bigger fan of volume II of the files But volume I is a good place to start and to never let us forget that the Cold War was a real war that it could have been lost and what it could have been like if that had happened

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The Sword and the Shield The Mitrokhin Archive and the Secret History of the KGB

Read & Download The Sword and the Shield The Mitrokhin Archive and the Secret History of the KGB The Sword and the Shield The Mitrokhin Archive and the Secret History of the KGB Free download Ä 105 He Times'This tale of malevolent spymasters intricate tradecraft and cold eyed betrayal reads like a cold war novel' Time'Sensational the most informed and detailed study of Soviet subversive intrigues worldwide' Spectator'The most comprehensive addition to the subject ever published' Sunday Telegrap. A subtitle that should be considered by any potential reader is The Paranoia of Stalin The information alone in the odd way it is presented regarding the activities of Stalin alone make this book worth investigating for those interested in this part of RussianSoviet historyThree stars is a higher rating than this work merits on all counts except raw information And it is raw Indeed this rates as one of the most poorly organized and constructed historical works of this caliber that has been released Some editor is still talking with their therapist about how bad was the editing In minor defense of the author the opening chapter details the history of the book The method that the author Christoper Andrew has to engage in lead to much of the problem However most historians and researchers deal with disorganized and incomplete chronicles at one time or another and rewrite a narrative that is coherent than the original This work in places looks to be a translation that is merely cleaned up for collouial English acceptability In other places there is valuable coordination of new and previously known documentation that expands greatly the knowledge in the west of the Soviet eraThe sections on Trotsky and the obsessive madness of the opponents of his philosophy is uite revealing The violence and body count is also shocking even decades and generations laterRead this work with a notepad and pen or many ebook marks available to be able to jump around when reading I ve been through this three times now and have yet to read it straight through Not a general introduction to Soviet era intelligence as one needs a rigorous founding in the entire Philby affair the real not fictional version before reading much of this work Only recommended for those who are willing to cross reference and do side reading and are not in a rush

Read & Download The Sword and the Shield The Mitrokhin Archive and the Secret History of the KGB

Read & Download The Sword and the Shield The Mitrokhin Archive and the Secret History of the KGB The Sword and the Shield The Mitrokhin Archive and the Secret History of the KGB Free download Ä 105 'One of the biggest intelligence coups in recent years' The TimesFor years KGB operative Vasili Mitrokhin risked his life hiding top secret material from Russian secret service archives beneath his family dacha When he was exfiltrated to the West he took with him what the FBI called 'the most complet. A very interesting read for those interested in Russian or Cold War history or espionage This book is very thorough so be prepared for a long read The writing style is consistent so my flagging interest at the midway point in the book was a result of my general lack of interest of the post Stalin Cold War period The notes secreted away from the archives and published in the West reveal some very important historical facts In a broad context it is clear that the Soviet system was never able to become a sustainable reality terror and deception allowed the system to propagate itself That is not to say that there weren t some great achievements in the USSR But inhumanity impracticality and the inefficiencies of the system are obvious to anyone who can objectively observe historical facts Only utopians and revisionists believe that it was not the Soviet system and ideology that were flawed but rather the practical policies of the USSR and particularly the horrors of Stalinism Yet to dismiss the KGB in any of its incarnations as propagandists of a dying state would be too simplistic There are a number of areas that KGB actions did enormous harm to the West including propagating the belief that the JFK assassination was a plot by American intelligence agencies or that the CIA created the AIDS virus in a lab and intentionally infected blacks These among other operations fuel the conspiracy theory thinking so prevalent with many people today and propagate mistrust in our government and our fellow citizens But these actions are the natural conseuence of an agency born of suspicion by men who lived the shadowy lives of underground revolutionaries I believe the paranoia endemic of the Soviet regime though partially a natural result of the Russian character was primarily a result of the revolutionary character That years of clandestine meetings arrests informing on friends exile and criminal conspiracy created the impetus to use the secret services Cheka KGB ect as a primary tool of the state to monitor and protect political doctrine The numerous examples of the great resources that went into discrediting expatriate Soviet artists and writers who were critical of the USSR are a perfect example of how diseased the Soviet system was Plotting to maim a defected ballerina is not a sign of strong state or a successful cultureFinally I think this book is a great companion to our present conflict with Russia Mr Putin was a KGB man and his thinking is much rooted in the culture of the KGB I think a review of this book and the history of KGB operations in it provide a valuable insight into how Russia operates today Before I read this book I thought reports that the FSB bombed a Russian apartment complex to create a casus belli were the stuff of conspiracy After reading this book and getting a uniue insight into the KGB culture this book provides I now believe it entirely possible that the FSB was responsible for bombing civilians as a pretext for the Chechen war in an effort to reestablish the greatness of the Russian state by disaffected members of Russia s security services If so that conspiracy would be entirely in accord with the actions taken by the KGB so often in Soviet history using cynical and manipulative means to suppress the human spirit


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