- Paperback: 420 pages
- Publisher: G S G & Associates Pub (December 1990)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0945001134
- ISBN-13: 978-0945001133
- Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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Golitsyn is an important and controversial defector (1961). This book, however, allegedly provides evidence of his profound paranoia that his critics argue ultimately misled such officers as James Angleton at CIA counterintelligence and inflicted great harm on US national security. This may be true, and Golitsyn's conclusions here are unfalsifiable, but the fact is this is not the book a madman would write, and at least on that basis its propositions ought to be considered seriously if for no other reason than that he is a genuine defector who provided much valuable information to the CIA.
His main thesis is that after Stalin (d. 1953), and the German, Polish, and Hungarian revolts (last 1956), the Soviet state faced a profound destabilization. Stalin's power monopoly within the party was so complete there was a succession crisis following his death; his methods were so brutal re the newly created Soviet satellites that the populations took the opportunity of his death to revolt. Tito's rejection of Stalinism and Moscow's friction with Mao in particular also demonstrated dangers posed to the new Communist bloc's strategy of promoting revolution in the West and elsewhere. Lastly, and perhaps most urgently, the Soviet Union determined export by revolution through military means could never be accomplished in light of the advent of nuclear weapons and the West's determination (NATO, etc.Read more ›
"Western acceptance of the changes in the USSR and Eastern Europe [under the `Long-Range Policy', a more subtle strategy to neutralize the West, as signed onto by all Communist nations in 1960] as a trend towards genuine democracy which serves Western interests and therefore merits Western support show how little the West comprehends the essence of the changes and the dangers they entail. In part this non-comprehension arises from confusion over terminology. What the West calls `democratisation', Soviet strategists call the transformation of the `dictatorship of the proletariat' into the `state of the whole people'."
Knowledgeable of limited Soviet strategic planning and operations (intelligence agencies don't tell their intelligence officers everything), KGB defector Major Anatoliy Golitisyn presents us with only half of the story, the complete story now clearly apparent thanks to the following observations by this researcher...Read more ›
This book is three things:
It is a book of the history of deception campaigns waged by the Soviet Union and the lessons learned from those campaigns by the Soviets. They would later use those lessons to develop a long-range policy for the strategic deception of the West, leading to its unilateral disarmament, and ultimately convergence on communist terms.
It is a textbook. Just like Sun Tzu's Art of War is a textbook, this also is a textbook. Is to be read for the lessons it provides in how political and strategic deceptions work. It includes lessons in how the Soviets created false dissident movements internally for the sole purpose of flushing out those who had dissident leanings so they could be effectively neutralized. As such, it is to be carefully read and studied.
It is a book of warning. In this, the most important chapter is titled "The Final Phase." In this chapter, roughly 148 auguries, or predictable and falsifiable events are written about. Sadly, over 97% of those signs referenced have come true. Nobody else alive today has even close to that kind of accuracy record.
It is, if you are not used to it, a heavy duty read. The book requires a serious mind. It is not, nor was it meant to be entertaining in any way. However, it is indispensable for understanding Putin and Russian actions along with the behavior of the Chinese.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's pretty interesting read. It's kinda sad how the history of socialism and communism are cast aside and outright denied. The Potekmen Village all over again. Read morePublished 5 months ago by william sullivan
Item arrived quickly, exactly as advertised, works great - Thanks !Published 13 months ago by James G.
They've taken deceiit to a whole new level, their plan seems so elaborate, and them so patient and determined. Read morePublished on June 12, 2014 by Jean-Marc Philip
Back in the 1960s and early 1970s, a bitter power struggle was taking place inside the CIA, between those in favour of detente with the Soviet Union and those who opposed it, with... Read morePublished on December 14, 2010 by J. Southworth
Putin's recent behavior lends credence to this book, however look at what was lost by the Soviets. The entire Warsaw pact is now a part of NATO, including the three Baltic States,... Read morePublished on August 12, 2007 by Tony
Anybody who believes that Russia is not a authoritarian state is living in a dream world. The name has changed but the power brokers behind the scene remain the same. Read morePublished on July 19, 2007 by Mr Reality