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on April 20, 2017
Another great book about how our country could turn a blind eye towards the perpetrators of "ethnic cleansing" if the people involved might be able to assist in crippling our "Red" enemies. Too bad we still haven't learned.
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on April 20, 2010
As the participants of the WWII era expire at an alarming rate, we have the ability to revisit history with a new perspective, as many of the material that previously contained secrets surface without the concern of penalty. The Belarus Secret, although aged in release (1981), provides a great companion piece to many of the books detailing Operation Paperclip and the like and the failings of 20th century espionage.

To the critics assailing the lack of proper references and quality of sources, you should properly heed the author's preface where he discloses that his conclusions were based on the availability of public documents and subject to the discretion and review of certain "intelligence agencies" that forced the redaction of certain material. Certainly, critics of the author's work would not suggest that the book was based on conjecture if subject to that kind of scrutiny and sanitization, would they?

Controversies aside, Loftus, the author, does a more than adequate job describing the atmosphere from which an extremely flawed, fledgling US intelligence service (along with that of other Allied intelligence) created the schemes that would promote folly and failure of former Nazi colloborators as intelligence assets. Further, the picture becomes clear as the anti-communist ambitions of one man, with little oversight, creates the self-perpetuating mistake of allowing holocaust monsters, US citizenship, while evolving agencies cover up their atrocious lack of good judgment.

While this is a short book, it provides ample context of a region caught in a struggle for a national survival and what some men might do in the name of survival and ego. What is clear is that our own government is manned by merely, men, in all of the meanings that can allude to. We ought never forget that winning at all costs can leave an aftertaste that is very bitter. The Belarus Secret reminds us.

If you can get this cheaply, read it!
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on May 27, 2015
Good all around.
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on September 19, 2014
Great book...received as advertised.
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on January 5, 2015
Looks like it will be very informative. Thanks
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