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    Christopher Andrew(Author),Oleg Gordievsky(Author)

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During the decade that culminated in the rise to power of Mikhail Gorbachev, an avalanche of top secret documents poured out from KGB headquarters in Moscow to its residencies throughout the world. Oleg Gordievsky was a KGB colonel and Resident-designate in London in 1985 when he defected; it was later revealed that he had been working as a double agent for British intelligence since 1974, regularly risking his life by passing copies of KGB documents to the British.
This volume is a revealing selection of this highly classified material, with an informative commentary by Christopher Andrew, based on joint analysis of the documents with Gordievsky. The book gives us a fascinating inside look at the workings and the thinking of the KGB, whose chairman was General V. A. Kryuchkov, later one of the leaders of the abortive coup against Gorbachev in August 1991. The documents range from somewhat comic instructions to sabotage the U.S. bicentennial to detailed methods for recruiting agents to orders concerning the KGB's largest peacetime intelligence operations, an attempt to secure information on President Reagan's (non-existent) preparations for a nuclear first strike against the Soviet Union.
The book was first published in England in 1992 under the title Instructions from the Centre.

'It is reassuring to find out how much of the old spy fiction was rooted in fact. Thanks to John le Carre, 'Moscow Rules' - complete with dead letter boxes and chalk marks on benches--are part of our vocabulary. It is, therefore, eminently satisfying to have Gordievsky, Moscow Centre's most famous defector, detail how the KGB actually used them.' The Sunday Times --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • By F. Carol Sabin on January 12, 2012

    One of the most uninteresting books about intelligence.Can easily stand as an appendix of the much more interesting and useful book written by one of the authors - Christopher Andrew with Vasili Mitrokhin - The sword and the shield. The Mitrokhin archive ... vol. I." or the book written by the same authors KGB The inside story of its Foreign Operations...".There is nothing useful inside this book.The text is so dry with nothing interesting, that after reading the book just once I felt no need to read it again.Save your money and simply skip this book with no emotions.

  • By W Boudville on March 1, 2007

    In the 60 years since World War 2, there have been thousands of spy novels depicting clandestine KGB activity. Readers of those might have reasonably wondered at how accurate they were, in presenting a kernel of guidance. Here is an inside take. Based on actual gleanings of KGB documents. Coincidentially (or not), the book came out just as the Cold War ended. Quite fitting, as an endnote to an era.The book is actually quite tedious reading. It describes how a large bureaucracy functioned. The translations of KGB documents is often stilted reading. Some of this might have been due to the translating, but mostly it was probably inherent in the mindset and procedures of the original authors.It is interesting, in revealing a worldview quite different from that of the US. Some sections are amusing, where they are about forgeries that the KGB made, that purported to be American. These were part of extensive KGB disinformation campaigns, waged against the CIA.Overall, the KGB is shown as quite diligent, but flawed in its own fashion. One might wonder what a similar book about the CIA would reveal.

  • By Erik Medom on May 18, 2011

    as mentioned above, I am satisfied with the book I bought.It is a great feeling when a product is what You hoped for.


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