I agree that the major interest is to see these events through the eyes of the people who experienced them. A similar book titled "The Coder Special Archive" which was published in 2012 relates the little-known story of the Royal Naval contingent of Russian linguist national servicemen who were trained in the Russian language and then maintained round the clock eavesdropping on the Soviet military radio voice traffic throughout the 1950's. They worked in listening stations in Germany and at other locations on the edge of Soviet territory. This book also tells the story using the experiences spoken by the participants. The RN contingent was just part of the major M.O.D. program to train 5000 services linguists in the decade of the 50's.
The Coder Special Archive: The Untold Story of Naval National Servicemen Learning and Using Russian During the Cold War