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Special Tasks Paperback – June 1, 1995
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Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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You won't believe the documentation in the back of the book. Atomic espionage documents, Katyn Forest Massacre, and more.
Still a Stalinist at heart, Sudoplatov offers few regrets for a career filled with death up close and personal. One of his first solo operations entailed infiltrating a Ukrainian nationalist group. After befriending one it's leaders for the better part of a year, he dispatched him in Rotterdam with a box of chocolates loaded with explosives. Later, he went on to supervise large roving killer squads himself, such as the team that assassinated Trotsky outside Mexico City in 1940.
The book is filled with surreal scenes, such as in the "Komandatura" in the Lyubianka, where prisoners were executed. One section was outfitted more as a hotel than a prison. But as prisoners were given a "routine" medical examination, they were administered a lethal injection, then quickly cremated. Sudoplatov, himself arrested on bogus charges after Beria'a arrest, describes receiving not one, but two spinal taps while pretending to be catatonic (so as to avoid interrogation). His simple, direct language in describing these kinds of sequences is chilling.
More than a few of the author's historical claims are either suspect or simply false based on information long available elswhere. For instance, his assertion that Stalin was not involved in the murder of Leningrad Party leader Sergei Kirov can't be taken seriously.Read more ›
The author does a good job in providing the reader with many of the interesting tradecraft bit about the KGB. Overall this is an interesting book that gives the espionage junky an another look into the KGB. The book is well written and does not drag or stumble. It keeps the readers interest through out. If you are an armchair expert on the topic then this is another of the titles you will undoubtedly already have or will need to pick up. If you are the general reader then this is a good broad description of the KGB that is interesting, but not the definitive one volume work.
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Very illuminating and very indicative of how things rolled in the USSR before and during WWII. A lot of us in the West have little to no inkling of how severe consequences were... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Greg Torino
You really need to have an extensive knowledge of the soviet era and people involved. without this knowledge it is difficult. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Neville D.
Had a tough time with the unfamiliar Russian names, but really enjoyed the intrigue. Definitely worth reading.Published 7 months ago by RalphAAnnunziata
Very good book on tha criminal activities of the KGB. However the author gives only what he consider could be known. Read morePublished 7 months ago by alberto f.
This is very informative book packed with info spanning several decades. Not for everybody, must for 20-th century history buffsPublished 8 months ago by Sidney Benda
a very genuine book by one of the KGB top killers and administrators.Published 16 months ago by S. A. Axelrod
Great and at the same time very scary! It's proof of how ignorant we are when it comes to politics, and also how little human life counts in the eyes of a totalitarian regime,... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Bianca Jurim
If you are interested in the effectiveness and efficiency of secret services, this book is hard to beat. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Rene Scull