Dead Drop: TheTrue Story of Oleg Penkovsky and the Cold War's Most Dangerous Operation Hardcover – 6 Jun 2013
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The career of Oleg Penkovsky reads like a story by John le Carre... Dun s denouement is both startling and convincing a fitting climax to this irresistible real life thriller Francis Wheen, Mail on Sunday
'This excellent book contains lessons that are still valid in the 21st century' --Oleg Gordievsky, Literary Review
'This excellent book contains lessons that are still valid in the 21st century' --Literary Review
About the Author
Jeremy Duns is British, but currently lives and works in Stockholm.
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The discovery of Penkovsky remains a mystery due to the fact that the Russians have not yet released any document which would clarify this point.
Although this book is extremely well researched, there are two main problems with it. The first one has to do with the footnotes. One has to find out which footnote belongs to what. The second one is about two episodes which are imaginary and are the product of Dun's imagination about some things that happened during the discovery of Penkovsky.
However, this book contains some new insights of the years 1960-1963, the period when Penkovsky was working for both the Americans and the British and nevertheles merits five stars, reservations included.
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This is the story of the Soviet defector Colonel Oleg Penkovsky, agent? double agent? triple agent? plant? .. Who knows? .. Duns thinks he does. His view is different from that of, for instance, Chapman Pincher (who has a different narrative regarding Penkovsky's initial attempts to make contact) and Peter Wright. However Duns has had the use of a mountain of recently released CIA papers (MI6 and the KGB have been less forthcoming). YOU decide.
The author has now turned his hand to the factual, having cut his teeth as a writer of spy stories and the result is a very readable narrative. He does as well as anyone to guide the reader through a maze of conflicting evidence and no doubt a certain amount of official disinformation.
Penkovsky himself comes across as vain, egotistical, greedy, mercenary, spendthrift, licentious and with a huge chip on his shoulder relating to his inability to gain further promotion in the GRU, and with farcically little grasp of British and American social realities. The introduction letter he wrote to the Americans would do credit to a Nigerian scammer. However, during his brief (two-year) career as an informant Penkovsky supplied the CIA with copies of thousands of pages of technical information and a raft of background on the Soviet leadership.
The story is set against the background of the arrests in the Portland Spy Scandal (7.1.1961), the US-made fiasco of the Bay of Pigs invasion (17.4.61), the exposure of George Blake (1961), the sealing of East Berlin (13.8.61), the first rumours of the Profumo affair (1962) and the Cuban Missile Crisis (27.7.-28.10.62) .
The book includes a long narrative of the Cuba crisis.Read more ›
Really good book, and unbelievable what happened
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I am reading this book the moment and am finding it a really good read. The book reads like a spy novel but is true, Penkovsky was probably the west's greatest spy within the... Read morePublished on 28 Dec. 2013 by R. Packham