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Comrade Kryuchkov's Instructions: Top Secret Files on KGB Foreign Operations, 1975-1985 Paperback – February 1, 1994

ISBN-13: 978-0804722285 ISBN-10: 0804722285

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press (February 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804722285
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804722285
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,355,381 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'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

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Christopher Andrew is Professor of Modern and Contemporary History and Chair of the Faculty of History at Cambridge University.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By F. Carol Sabin on January 12, 2012
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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.
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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.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Robert David STEELE Vivas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on April 8, 2000
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Imagine the CIA clandestine mentality and U.S. bureaucracy, as operated by a Soviet-style controlled regime. This is an eye-glazing but very professionally put together testimonial to the fact that much of what the KGB did was pedestrian, pointless, very expensive, and as weak on understanding foreign countries as the US.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Erik Medom on May 18, 2011
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as mentioned above, I am satisfied with the book I bought.
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