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Comrade J: The Untold Secrets of Russia's Master Spy in America After the End of the Cold War MP3 CD – Audiobook, MP3 Audio, Unabridged
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Michael Prichard has recorded well over five hundred audiobooks and was named one of SmartMoney magazine's Top Ten Golden Voices. His numerous awards and accolades include an Audie Award and several AudioFile Earphones Awards.
Top Customer Reviews
All that said, I -- having spent many years working for various U.S. Government intelligence agencies, including NSA, both overseas and in the U.S. -- found Pete Earley's Comrade J: The Untold Secrets of Russia's Master Spy in America After the End of the Cold War to be very informative and revealing. In some cases, irritating and exasperating. Not with the facts as presented, not with the author, and not with the subject of the book -- Russian spymaster, defector, and double agent Sergei Tretyakov -- but with what the author and Tretyakov, code-named Comrade J, tell us about the sorry state of affairs within our own government.
Now for some specifics. First, an example of sorting out the truth. Early in the book, Tretyakov says, according to the author, "... Russian intelligence targeted President Clinton's deputy secretary of state, Strobe Talbott, and ran a carefully calculated campaign designed to manipulate him." Talbott, in a written reply, said, "... he knew that Mamedov was relaying all of their conversations ..." back to Russian intelligence.
The following paragraph says, "Just the same, the FBI took the accusations about Talbott seriously ...Read more ›
Tretyakov explains to the reader that under the Soviet Union the KGB and its members enjoyed great power and privileges. The "Center" -- the headquarters of the portion of the KGB that was responsible for spying on foreign countries, seemed like a palace to Tretyakov when he first reported there for duty. The premises were immaculate, and foreign consumer goods were available to KGB members at low prices -- something that the average Russian could only dream of. Discipline was rigid, harsh and arbitrary. KGB Generals lived like princes. This was Tretyakov's world and it was a world that he accepted and approved of and sought to rise within. When the Soviet Union fell, the KGB fell on hard times. It was split by Yeltsin into multiple security services much like the US model, with one service, the SVR, responsible for foreign intelligence much like the CIA is in the USA, while a different service performs internal security in a manner analogous to the FBI's functions in America. Tretyakov and his wife and daughter saw the prestige and power of the now-SVR fall on hard times. When he reported back to Russia shortly after Gorbachev's fall, the Center was no longer a palace. Like almost all institutions in Russia, the SVR was in a tremendous state of flux.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I picked up this book up between seasons of “The Americans” to make sure I was still getting a bit of Cold War intrigue, and thankfully, the book was thoroughly entertaining. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Ryan
Great book! I would recommend it to anyone wanting to learn about the cold war and current Russian spy and propaganda tecniques.Published 1 month ago by Jeff
The amount of research and the gigantic number of interviews with Sergie (the ex-spy) paid off big time. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Tom Swinson
This book is covering an extremely interesting story and the books keeps that attention through the whole of it. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Rickey
Pete Early is one of the most informed and respected authors on Soviet/Russian intelligence and American spies. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Kindle Customer
A great combination between the past iron courtain and post iron courtain. Maybe less drama would have made it a five star.Published 13 months ago by Liviu Chirita