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New Lies for Old

4.4 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0945001133
ISBN-10: 0945001134
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Product Details

  • 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)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,161,626 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a difficult book - allow me to attempt to review it with the hope that someone reading this might be persuaded to temporarily ignore the John Birch Society atmosphere its conclusions engender. I believe it holds the key to certain geostrategic facts which an astute reader will infer, although they are too difficult to describe in a short book review.

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.
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Throughout Major Anatoliy Golitsyn's 1995 book The Perestroika Deception, the author decries the West's blind acceptance of the political and economic changes that occurred within the Soviet Bloc, culminating in the collapse of the East Bloc and later the collapse of the USSR. In a typical passage denoting exasperation that can be found throughout the book, Major Golitsyn writes:

"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...
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Most of the reviews written about this book speak of the difficulty in reading it. The problem I see with the mentality that provokes someone to make that comment about this book is a mentality that reads this book as if it were meant to be entertaining. It is not.

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.
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