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'One of the biggest intelligence coups in recent years' The TimesFor years KGB operative Vasili Mitrokhin risked his life hiding top secret material from Russian secret service archives beneath his family dacha When he was exfiltrated to the West he took with him what the FBI called 'the most complet. A very interesting read for those interested in Russian or Cold War history or espionage This book is very thorough so be prepared for a long read The writing style is consistent so my flagging interest at the midway point in the book was a result of my general lack of interest of the post Stalin Cold War period The notes secreted away from the archives and published in the West reveal some very important historical facts In a broad context it is clear that the Soviet system was never able to become a sustainable reality terror and deception allowed the system to propagate itself That is not to say that there weren t some great achievements in the USSR But inhumanity impracticality and the inefficiencies of the system are obvious to anyone who can objectively observe historical facts Only utopians and revisionists believe that it was not the Soviet system and ideology that were flawed but rather the practical policies of the USSR and particularly the horrors of Stalinism Yet to dismiss the KGB in any of its incarnations as propagandists of a dying state would be too simplistic There are a number of areas that KGB actions did enormous harm to the West including propagating the belief that the JFK assassination was a plot by American intelligence agencies or that the CIA created the AIDS virus in a lab and intentionally infected blacks These among other operations fuel the conspiracy theory thinking so prevalent with many people today and propagate mistrust in our government and our fellow citizens But these actions are the natural conseuence of an agency born of suspicion by men who lived the shadowy lives of underground revolutionaries I believe the paranoia endemic of the Soviet regime though partially a natural result of the Russian character was primarily a result of the revolutionary character That years of clandestine meetings arrests informing on friends exile and criminal conspiracy created the impetus to use the secret services Cheka KGB ect as a primary tool of the state to monitor and protect political doctrine The numerous examples of the great resources that went into discrediting expatriate Soviet artists and writers who were critical of the USSR are a perfect example of how diseased the Soviet system was Plotting to maim a defected ballerina is not a sign of strong state or a successful cultureFinally I think this book is a great companion to our present conflict with Russia Mr Putin was a KGB man and his thinking is much rooted in the culture of the KGB I think a review of this book and the history of KGB operations in it provide a valuable insight into how Russia operates today Before I read this book I thought reports that the FSB bombed a Russian apartment complex to create a casus belli were the stuff of conspiracy After reading this book and getting a uniue insight into the KGB culture this book provides I now believe it entirely possible that the FSB was responsible for bombing civilians as a pretext for the Chechen war in an effort to reestablish the greatness of the Russian state by disaffected members of Russia s security services If so that conspiracy would be entirely in accord with the actions taken by the KGB so often in Soviet history using cynical and manipulative means to suppress the human spirit Sarah Keys Back Sufferers Bible the biggest intelligence coups in recent years' The TimesFor years KGB operative Vasili Mitrokhin risked his life hiding Will in the World top secret material from Russian secret service archives beneath his family dacha When he was exfiltrated Traitors Purse (Albert Campion Mystery to How Baking Works the West he The Birthday Party took with him what The Summer House the FBI called 'the most complet. 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10 thoughts on “The Sword and the Shield The Mitrokhin Archive and the Secret History of the KGB

  1. says:

    First of all I'm filled with respect for the dedication it took for Vasili Mitrokhin to painstakingly copy thousands upon thousands of documents as a KGB archivist and secretly store them under his home The trove most assuredly has been of incalculable value to historians and western intelligence agencies Because I've always been a

  2. says:

    plenty of interesting information but cluttered and unstructured therefore uickly becoming tiring and boring instead of captivating which potential it did have

  3. says:

    A very interesting read for those interested in Russian or Cold War history or espionage This book is very thorough so be prepared for a long read The writing style is consistent so my flagging interest at the midway point in the book was a res

  4. says:

    Those poor hapless KGB agents throwing bombs at Trotsky’s grandson and missing getting drunk and losing their microfilm nickels to Brooklyn newsboys and falling in love so hard they gave up their contacts to the Canadian Mounties Didn’t exp

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    uite recently a colleague told me that he resented a newspaper columnist who had referred to a relative of his as a communist spy My colleague believed his relative had been an innocent victim of McCarthyist red b

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    This volume 1999 continues and substantially recapitulates Andrew's previous KGB 1991 Like the former Andrew consulted with a former

  7. says:

    whiney mccarthyists given access to secret archives decent narrative of soviet espionage efforts including assassinations of monarchists and then Trotskyists this volume doesn't cover operations such as overthrowing foreign governments which is the meat of the second volume's allegations

  8. says:

    This was a really really long book that took me an unusually long time to get through It took me 11 days when I almost always finish even the longest books in under a week I think it took me 4 days to get through Brandon Sanderson's most rec

  9. says:

    A subtitle that should be considered by any potential reader is The Paranoia of Stalin The information alone in the odd way it is presented regarding the activities of Stalin alone make this book worth investigating for those interested in this part of RussianSoviet historyThree stars is a higher rating than this work merits on all counts

  10. says:

    Vasili Mitrokhin took a lot of work home with him and not just his took notes sometimes verbatim and then smuggled the notes out with him when he defected Ranging from bone chilling and frightening to ridiculous and laughable this book may not have all the KGB's secrets but it has a lot of them The KGB could be brutally e