This book reveals the most complete picture ever of the KGB and its operations in the United States and Europe. It is based on an extremely top secret archive, which details the full extent of its worldwide network.
Christopher Andrew is professor of modern and contemporary history and chair of the history department at Cambridge University, a former visiting professor of national security at Harvard, a frequent guest lecturer at other United States universities, and a regular host of BBC radio and TV programs. His books - which include Her Majesty’s Secret Service; KGB: The Inside Story (with Oleg Gordievsky); and For the President’s Eyes Only - have established him as one of the world’s leading authorities on intelligence history.
©1985 Christopher Andrew and Vasilli Mitrokhin (P)1999 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
“A sweeping, densely documented history…Thanks to Comrade Mitrokhin, the KGB and most who spied for it have been stripped naked.” (New York Times Book Review)
“The Sword and the Shield will stand as an indispensable reference work on Soviet espionage for years to come.” (Washington Post)
“Whitfield’s [narration]…is certainly appropriate for this presentation.” (Kliatt)
So many books, so little time...
Dreams come true.
Never thought this book would make it to Audible, The subtitle -The Mitrokhin Archive And The Secret History Of The KGB really describes the book that took Mitrokhin 18 yesrs to compile in the about the KGB and clearly it was his obsession. Many consider the Mitrokhin Archive to be the Bible of the Cold War from the KGB side and clearly it has tremendous historical importance as one of the main books of this age.
It should not be only book or even the first book you read, but it will be the one you keep and refer back to again and again. This book will give you a very detailed glance into the inner workings of the KGB -Komitet gosudarstvennoy bezopasnosti 0 Committee for State Security. The importance of this book from a historical perspective cannot be lost of the current generations in Russia as the current president Vladimir Putin was a KGB agent in East Germany in the 1980s.
Robert Whitfield (Simon Vance) does an absolutely fantastic job narrating this book and the author Christopher Andrew has done an equally fantastic job writing the book. It is easily one of the best written books that I have ever read. It was a joy and pleasure to read. Whitfield's can actually pronounce the English as well as the Russian names correctly, which is a pleasure to listen to in this book.
Although this book was published in 2000 it is still a great historical account of the KGB. If you are interested in the fictional accounts of John LeCarre, Len Deighton, and other writers of spies during the Cold War you will love this book. If you like Spycraft by Wallace, Melton and Schlesinger you will love this book.
I loved this book and you will love it too.
The book is very long. I love that it is in audio format on audible.com, but I would also get a copy for your reference shelf. It is a wonderful book.
Tremendously detailed history of KGB operations. This book has a broad scope -- beginning with the birth of the Cheka in the aftermath of the 1917 revolution and continuing through to the 1980's. However, the main focus is on KGB operations during the Cold War. If you're looking for a lot of details, you'll love it. If not, you may find it a bit tedious. Very good narration.
IF you enjoy the minutia of cold war espionage activity,this is the book for you. There are many books from the perspective of the CIA and MI-5-6, this is from the perspective of the KGB. What was most interesting to me was the ideological blinders of Stalin and Andropov, and the subsequent sycophant behavior of their underlings, which caused them to make many blunders and and rendered KGB efforts meaningless. It was interesting to see that both sides were foiled by ideological blindness.
Such an interesting story with a large amount of detail that many would not have known about without Mitokhin.
Well read, easy to listen to while commuting.
No, 31 hours is a little much for one sitting.
A small amount of details reviewed from earlier in the book toward the end. I thought it helped flush out the book but some might not like it.
Certainly among my top ten in regards to espionage.
No. First time and in regards to his performance I would rate him a nine. It took me few hours to warm up to his reading but then I became simply put "feeling as if I were a part of the Novel" Well done! Will certainly listen if the subject interests me and he is the reader.
Yes it was. In my case I found myself having to stop the recording in order to do my daily chores.
excellent book with many details about the idiotic sado-masochistic activities of the KGB in the 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s in Russia, Italy, France, USA, and elsewhere; well narrated
John Christmas, author of "Democracy Society
This is an impossible listen. It's a good book, the narrator does his best, but really... With an avalanche of strange names, codenames, dates and whatnot I couldn't possibly follow the story without the need to go back and forth between pages to check if agent Otto is the same man as Viktor So-and-so etc. Spying is a murky business and getting to understand double and triple cross isn't possible with an audiobook.
Although all the Russian, German and other Eastern Block operative names are you difficult to keep up with, nevertheless this comprehensive yet incomplete KGB history is chilling.
A book that gives a lot of insight on soviet foreign policy that has a lot of similarities with the Russia that America and the World faces today
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