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Their Trade is Treachery [Paperback]

Chapman Pincher
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: New English Library (1 Mar 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0283988479
  • ISBN-13: 978-0283988479
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 10.8 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 342,602 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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RUSSIA'S PENETRATION OF THE FREE WORLDS DEFENCES

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3.0 out of 5 stars Author's own politics mars this account 7 May 2010
By John Hopper TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
Some interesting stuff in here and I have no doubt that the KGB tried seriously to undermine Western institutions during the Cold War. Nevertheless, the author's very obvious right wing prejudices make him, I think, exaggerate the spread and depth of such activities; he seems to believe that anyone on the Left was an actual or potential Soviet agent. Unfortunately, this makes me doubt some of what he writes. I am not sure I am convinced that Roger Hollis was really a KGB agent, as the admittedly extensive evidence is totally circumstantial (no smoking gun) and I can't help thinking that a real agent would have been cleverer and less evasive and clumsy than Hollis appears to have been.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Title still being used by the MoD 3 Jun 2013
By Swampy
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Replacement for a book I owned years ago - not disappointed on re-reading. This was history as it was being made. Recommended to all. Seller was prompt with despatch, and item priced fairly. You just know that these things are still going on
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3.0 out of 5 stars but still good 22 July 2014
By ELCO
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Rather old, but still good enough
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2.0 out of 5 stars Approach with caution 25 Jun 2012
By Maggie
Format:Paperback
I read this book when it was first published because it named someone I had known well for many years.

The background was this: Josef Frolik defected from Czechoslovakia, and published a book about his alleged activities as a spy. It was difficult to verify the details because, with one exception (the tale about a planned honey trap involving Edward Heath) Frolik did not name names. Chapman Pincher obtained tape recordings of interviews given by Frolik, and re-used his anecdotes, this time including the identities of the British people allegedly involved.

Frolik appears to have had a vivid imagination. A BBC Radio 4 programme ("The Heath Caper", broadcast on 25 June 2012) investigated the alleged trap to trick Edward Heath, and found little to substantiate it. As regards the person I knew who was named by Chapman Pincher but not by Frolik, the anecdote about him was demonstrably untrue, and he was able to prove that he was never in the circumstances postulated by Frolik.

I don't know how much of the detail of Chapman Pincher's book is verifiably correct, but the snippets I know about from personal experience are the product of Frolik's imagination. I recommend taking this book with a Pincher of salt!
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