The highest-ranking Soviet bloc intelligence official ever to defect to the West, Lt. Gen. Ion Mihai Pacepa is at it again. A quarter century ago, in his international bestseller Red Horizons, Pacepa exposed the massive crimes and corruption of his former boss, Romanian President Nicolae Ceausescu, giving the dictator a nervous breakdown and inspiring him to send assassination squads to the U.S. to find his former spy chief and kill him. They failed. On Christmas Day 1989, Ceausescu was executed by his own people at the end of a trial whose accusations came almost word-for-word out of Red Horizons.
Today, still living undercover in the United States, the man credited by the CIA as the only person in the Western world who single-handedly demolished an entire enemy espionage service - the one he himself managed - takes aim at an even bigger target: the exotic, widely misunderstood but still astonishingly influential realm of the Russian-born "science" of disinformation. Indeed, within this audiobook, Pacepa, along with his co-author, historian and law professor Ronald Rychlak, expose some of the most consequential yet largely unknown disinformation campaigns of our lifetime.
©2013 Ion Mihai Pacepa and Ronald J. Rychlak (P)2014 Audible Inc.
I have read/listened to approx. 35 nonfiction (and almost the same in fiction) books on WW2 and it's aftermath, and the opinion of the Pope's behavior during the war is almost never favorable. Imagine my surprise to find out what might have been going on behind the scenes. Only one of the examples of disinformation. Brought up to the present day the examples pile up. In the US we are so naïve in our own lives, we can't imagine paranoia on the scale of the soviet block, its a wonder that we are still here. Can you imagine what your friends would say if you tried to point out that this news story or that is a Russian conspiracy? Be vigilant, but not paranoid (McCarthy may have been right, but his behavior and his misuse of power was wrong). This book will change the way you think about our history. Google the author for more interesting information.
PS, never confuse crazy governments with the incredible citizens who are forced to live under them. When you meet them, remember what kind of world they live(d) in. Call the police and you may be calling the criminals themselves, imagine having not recourse to justice anywhere.
Eye opening. Revelatory. Explanatory. Disturbing. Transformational.
The Russian's "Science of Disinformation" has had a horrible impact on modern history and is still in use today by Russian and American politicians alike. Chapters 41 and 42 talk about modern politicians' use of Disinformation, such as Obama and Pelosi.
You will never see historical and current events the same way again.
Once you know it's a game, you can no longer be a participant.
intriguing, fascinating, educational
the narrator was excellent - i liked the way he read me the story & i loved his different accents! so well written...so well told....a must read for every american because almost everything you see and hear is DISINFORMATION. it's one of the most eye opening books written+++++
now i watch the news from the prism of "IS THIS DISINFORMATION"?!! and most of the time it absolutely is.
just an excellent audiobook that i wish everyone would get :)
More detailed info than I ever expected! Now the challenge is to convey it to others. We are all being led down a path that I, for one, don't want to go. Excellent read.
This has to be the most enlightening book I've ever listened to in terms of understanding reality and the things the Communists have done over the years to warp the truth to deceive the world. I am so glad the author escaped, defected, and wrote this story.
Pacepa has an interesting and totally unique point of view, but late in the book he turns into a Fox News commentator focusing at length about how (try not to laugh) Obama is going to redistribute wealth, is a socialist, how Obama is like communist leaders of the past, plus more blah blah blah like any second tier news-talk jerk.
It was like re-living the '08 election via right-wing pundit. You want to compare Obama to Ceausescu because they both have schools named after them, fine, but the author would be better off just sending an audition video directly to Roger Ailes directly 'cause he ain't gonna read to the last chapter of the book.
If I sound mad, well, it's because the rest of the book was very interesting and now I feel like... I guess a sucker. The BS at the end colors the rest of the book in a bad way. I guess even former KGB turn into get-off-my-lawn Republicans when they get to a certain age.
This hits the nail on the head, History needs to be used to educate your self against repeating mistakes of the past. This exposes the KGB/FSB secret dealings from the horses mouth. I'm glad this book is out here and hope everyone has a chance to hear it's warning! Please listen and pass it on to others!
The narration made for some riveting moments. The correct pronunciation and excellent narration made it a lot better for me than just words on a page.
The depths to which despots and especially communism will go to destroy freedom
All of them were great
How the press in the USA is being used as useful idiots to spread communist propaganda
This is a very valuable history lesson that will be relevant long into the future. The same book could be written about China or Korea or Syria or Iran
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