✓ The Sword and the Shield: The Mitrokhin Archive and the Secret History of the KGB Ö Download by ½ Christopher M. Andrew

✓ The Sword and the Shield: The Mitrokhin Archive and the Secret History of the KGB Ö Download by ½ Christopher M. Andrew plenty of interesting information, but cluttered and unstructured, therefore quickly becoming tiring and boring instead of captivating which potential it did have This volume 1999 continues and substantially recapitulates Andrew s previous KGB 1991 Like the former, Andrew consulted with a former KGB agent, this time with one who had had long term access to the KGB archives Both books are histories beginning with the overthrow of the Czar in 1917, the former going up to Gorbachev, the latter to Yeltsin Both also discuss the allied intelligence agencies of the Warsaw Pact countries Reading one right after the other I found the repetition helpful in navigating and remembering much of the detail.
There being much talk now of the Russians attempting to influence the recent presidential elections it is worth noting two things First, that the U.
S.
A has interfered with the internal politics of other countries as a matter of course Second, that the U.
S.
S.
R was also in the habit of interfering with presidential 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 historic Those poor, hapless KGB agents throwing bombs at Trotsky s grandson and missing , getting drunk and losing their microfilm nickels to Brooklyn newsboys, and falling in love so hard they gave up their contacts to the Canadian Mounties Didn t expect this to be funny, but it was hilarious.
plenty of interesting information, but cluttered and unstructured, therefore quickly becoming tiring and boring instead of captivating which potential it did have This volume 1999 continues and substantially recapitulates Andrew s previous KGB 1991 Like the former, Andrew consulted with a former KGB agent, this time with one who had had long term access to the KGB archives Both books are histories beginning with the overthrow of the Czar in 1917, the former going up to Gorbachev, the latter to Yeltsin Both also discuss the allied intelligence agencies of the Warsaw Pact countries Reading one right after the other I found the repetition helpful in navigating and remembering much of the detail.
There being much talk now of the Russians attempting to influence the recent presidential elections it is worth noting two things First, that the U.
S.
A has interfered with the internal politics of other countries as a matter of course Second, that the U.
S.
S.
R was also in the habit of interfering with presidential 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 historic Those poor, hapless KGB agents throwing bombs at Trotsky s grandson and missing , getting drunk and losing their microfilm nickels to Brooklyn newsboys, and falling in love so hard they gave up their contacts to the Canadian Mounties Didn t expect this to be funny, but it was hilarious.
Vasili Mitrokhin took a lot of work home with him and not just his took notes, sometimes verbatim, and then smuggled the notes out with him when he defected Ranging from bone chilling and frightening to ridiculous and laughable, this book may not have all the KGB s secrets, but it has a lot of them The KGB could be brutally efficient, but at times its efforts were wildly out of proportion with any sort of rational estimation of the level of threat something presented Paranoia and conspiracy theories will do that to you, and the KGB was nothing if not prone to both.
The only caution I would give is not to dive into this without some background in the Cold War which I had from various other readings and some knowledge of the KGB s history which I did not have This is a down in the bushes and weeds book, not a holistic history If you re l Quite 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 Shield.
One 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 witches but there sure were spies The Rosenbergs were spies and they did help Stalin 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 Complete 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 Expos Of Major KGB Penetrations Throughout The Western World The 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 Telegraph Vasill Mitrohhin is a hero among historians he had the amazing courage to keep an astonishing amount of data about the relentless spying activities of the soviets from being hidden and deleted.
The result is this very detailed book, which shows how the soviets spied on a scale hard to imagine from the start until the collapse of communism and how so many westerners collaborated with them.
Once again the reality proves to be fascinating and incredible than fiction.
I don t think we fully appreciate yet the revelations that are in this book.
This was a really, really long book that took me an unusually long time to get through It took me 11 days, when I almost always finish even the longest books in under a week I think it took me 4 days to get through Brandon Sanderson s most recent book, Oathbringer The information in it was really interesting I learned an awful lot about the history of the Cold War I think the most interesting stuff was the history of Soviet meddling in US elections and generally the overall American social political system This is a long quote, but an interesting one Simultaneously, the Centre implemented a series of active measure designed to weaken the internal cohesion of the United States and undermine its international reputation by inciting race hatred In 1971 Andropov personally approved the f



Quite 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 Shield.
One 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 witches but there sure were spies The Rosenbergs were spies and they did help Stalin Vasili Mitrokhin took a lot of work home with him and not just his took notes, sometimes verbatim, and then smuggled the notes out with him when he defected Ranging from bone chilling and frightening to ridiculous and laughable, this book may not have all the KGB s secrets, but it has a lot of them The KGB could be brutally efficient, but at times its efforts were wildly out of proportion with any sort of rational estimation of the level of threat something presented Paranoia and conspiracy theories will do that to you, and the KGB was nothing if not prone to both.
The only caution I would give is not to dive into this without some background in the Cold War which I had from various other readings and some knowledge of the KGB s history which I did not have This is a down in the bushes and weeds book, not a holistic history If you re l Vasill Mitrohhin is a hero among historians he had the amazing courage to keep an astonishing amount of data about the relentless spying activities of the soviets from being hidden and deleted.
The result is this very detailed book, which shows how the soviets spied on a scale hard to imagine from the start until the collapse of communism and how so many westerners collaborated with them.
Once again the reality proves to be fascinating and incredible than fiction.
I don t think we fully appreciate yet the revelations that are in this book.
This was a really, really long book that took me an unusually long time to get through It took me 11 days, when I almost always finish even the longest books in under a week I think it took me 4 days to get through Brandon Sanderson s most recent book, Oathbringer The information in it was really interesting I learned an awful lot about the history of the Cold War I think the most interesting stuff was the history of Soviet meddling in US elections and generally the overall American social political system This is a long quote, but an interesting one Simultaneously, the Centre implemented a series of active measure designed to weaken the internal cohesion of the United States and undermine its international reputation by inciting race hatred In 1971 Andropov personally approved the f

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