From Publishers Weekly
In this analysis of Soviet intelligence from Lenin to Gorbachev, Cambridge historian Andrew and ex-KGB colonel Gordievsky open KGB files to reveal Soviet secret agents, espionage missions, British traitors and international targets for liquidation. Photos.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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This is the most comprehensive book on the structure and history of KGB. The text is very logical and easy to read. The book is written partly by Oleg Gordievsky - a man who spent around thirty years within KGB. It starts from Tsar Okhrana (1500) and leads you up to 1990s. It covers all Russian and USSR secret services. The book gives details of almost all famous assassinations carried out by KGB and it's predecessors. Good coverage of life of the most known spies including Sydney Reilly. It deeply analyses lives of the Oxford "Magnificent Five". It gives good analysis on the "active measures", "wet affairs", agent penetration and other actions carried out by KGB. I recommend it to everyone interested in KGB. --By Lysak "Victor Lysak" (London, UK)
KGB The Inside Story is very exciting reading by Christopher Andrew, highly regarded Cambridge professor ,who writes a series of books brilliantly on intelligence subjects involving many different countries and agencies. It is co-authored by a former top Russian agent to add to the fascination. --By M. McNulty "bookish type" (England)
Written in co-operation with Oleg Gordievsky this books tell the grim story of the birth and development of the KGB. No punches are pulled by the writers the story line very much parallels Soviet political history. With tales of countless executions, show trials, assasinations and infiltration into the Western sercret services the KGB is painted as all powerful. I would have liked to have read more about their success outside violence, I'm sure they happened (of course the Cambridge spies fall into this catagorie - were they the only ones ?). The book is well written and easy to read, crammed full of facts and figues, dates and names, highly recommended. --By Christopher Lalor "Soulcharger" (Belgium)