From the Inside Flap
Colonel I. G. Starinov, who began as a mere private in the Red Army and went on to become Russia's top demolitions expert, is a rare eyewitness to the entire history of the Soviet regime and one of the few to survive disagreeing with Stalin's military decisions. From partisan operations in the Russian Civil War through training and fighting with Spanish guerrillas against Franco, to using the first radio-detonated mine to kill a German general, Starinov narrates events never before revealed in the West.
Caught by accident right at the border when the Germans attacked in WWII, Starinov went on to play a crucial role in the creation and training of a virtual partisan army. By wreaking havoc with the German railroad supply lines, these guerrillas were crucial to Soviet success at the front.
Now in his nineties, Starinov survived warfare and even more terrifying political purges to provide this personal, firsthand look of the some of the greatest dramas in history.