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Next Stop Execution
Next Stop Execution
by Oleg Gordievsky
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes one needs to betray one's government to save one's country, 13 Jun 2007
This review is from: Next Stop Execution (Hardcover)
Gordievsky's contribution to world peace is difficult to underestimate. The first of his biggest achievements was to tip off his British masters about the up and coming Mikhail Gorbachev, long before he became the Soviet leader. This led Margaret Thatcher to invite Gorbachev to London when he was just one of the members of the Soviet Politburo - this ultimately became the first step towards the end of the Cold War.

Gordievsky's second most important achievement was to literally avert a nuclear disaster during a Nato exercise. He alerted MI6 that the Soviet Union have incorrectly interpreted their intelligence and were misleading themselves into the belief that this was in fact going to involve a nuclear attack upon them. As a result, the British and the Americans were able so to modify the exercise as to extinguish that fear and so to avoid what might have been the gravest possible consequences.

Gordievsky worked for the British for over 12 years, at the risk of the only punishment that the Soviets have ever had for those of their citizens who spied on that dreadful totalitarian criminal system - death. Not many people like that are still alive.


Winston's War
Winston's War
by Michael Dobbs
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Material for a movie, 19 Aug 2003
This review is from: Winston's War (Paperback)
This is not a serious academic paper about the life and career of a great British Prime Minister. Using a grotesque paint, and a language understood today, Michael Dobbs shows some of the events leading to Winston Churchill taking over the Government, events about which not much known and which survived more as myths rather than official biography. I think this approach works. Even if, in real life, Guy Burgess, a "Cambridge Five" KGB agent, might not have been so explicit about his sexuality or even if the late King, the Queen Elizabeth II's father, was not such a believer in pacifying Hitler, Dobbs's exagarations are not lies and are well researched. The book reminds the reader that Churchill was a lonely figure in British politics for a long time, disliked by the establishment, and that it took the help of some unlikely creatures, such as Burgess, to make him what he is understood to be by most people today. Overall, an excellent book and, in my opinion, the best Michael Dobbs produced so far (I read them all). It is historic, in places very funny, highly intelligent without becoming pompous and presents ideal material for re-writing it for big screen.


The Crown Jewels: The British Secrets at the Heart of the KGB's Archives
The Crown Jewels: The British Secrets at the Heart of the KGB's Archives
by Nigel West
Edition: Paperback

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Ballanced Propaganda, 21 Oct 2000
Nigel West took over this work after the death of the author, the late Mr. Costello. It is based on the material carefully released specifically for this purpose by the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service, SVR. SVR has initially hoped that the book would tell the world mainly about the sophistication of the KGB's foreign arm during the Cold War. Nigel West (aka Rupert Allason, a former member of the British Parliament) has managed to ballance this propaganda effort in his academic approach. Other books of the same SVR propaganda project include "Battleground Berlin" and the one about nuclear spies in the US.


Spymaster
Spymaster
by Oleg Kalugin
Edition: Paperback

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book KGB would kill for, 16 Oct 2000
This review is from: Spymaster (Paperback)
Amazing lifestory. Fascinating facts. Oleg Kalugin has revealed more than any other former Russian Intelligence officer. It was his reply to KGB that accused him of being an American spy. The trouble is that after reading this book Russian Intelligence officers have became even more suspicious of (ex) General Kalugin's loyalties. Kalugin is Kitty Kelley of the history of espionage!


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