J. Rutley

"John Rutley"
Helpful votes received on reviews: 76% (19 of 25)
Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK


Top Reviewer Ranking: 1,183,086 - Total Helpful Votes: 19 of 25
Stasi: The Untold Story of the East German Secret &hellip by Koehler
4.0 out of 5 stars Futility of the STASI, 27 July 2014
Having read numerous books on the KGB and STASI and other 'Eastern Block' intelligence services operating against the West during the Cold War, it always surprises me that we are not now bowed under the Hammer and Sickle. All that time and effort by these people came to nothing! How disappointing and distressed they, who are still alive, must feel. Being British I laugh at the, what now appear to be childish, idiotic exploits of people like the 'Cambridge Five' that is Philby, Burgess and McClean, Blunt and Cairncross. I just wish they all could have lived to witness the futility of their efforts.
Small Wars, Far Away Places: The Genesis of the Mo&hellip by Michael Burleigh
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Depressing, 23 April 2014
I felt thoroughly depressed after reading this book and began to wonder whether Britain would have suffered greater humiliation had we thrown out lot in with Hitler!
The Mitrokhin Archive by Christopher Andrew
The Mitrokhin Archive by Christopher Andrew
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Mitrokin Archive, 27 Jan 2013
I agree with everything all other reviewers of this book say. However, at the end of the day, the thing that stands out in my mind is what did all that effort by all those thousands upon thousands of agents of the NKVD/OGPU/KGB really achieve?? Nothing as far as I can see. It did not contribute to the victory of Communism. All that spying, all that betrayal. One cannot but conclude that all those people were duped. It causes me a great deal of mirth when I read about the reasons of all those very intelligent men scurrying around collecting what they thought would be material that would bring down the capitalist world. It all reads like a boy scouts annual. When the Soviet Union collapsed… Read more