Near and Distant Neighbors

  • by Jonathan Haslam
  • Narrated by Shaun Grindell
  • 14 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Previous histories have focused on the KGB, leaving military intelligence and the special service - which specialized in codes and ciphers - lurking in the shadows. Drawing on previously neglected Russian sources, Haslam reveals how both were in fact crucial to the survival of the Soviet state. This was especially true after Stalin's death in 1953, as the Cold War heated up and dedicated Communist agents the regime had relied upon - Klaus Fuchs, the Rosenbergs, Donald Maclean - were betrayed.
In the wake of these failures, Khrushchev and his successors discarded ideological recruitment in favor of blackmail and bribery. The tactical turn was so successful that we can draw only one conclusion: the West ultimately triumphed despite, not because of, the espionage war. In bringing to light the obscure inhabitants of an undercover intelligence world, Haslam offers a surprising and unprecedented portrayal of Soviet success that is not only fascinating but also essential to understanding Vladimir Putin's power today.

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What the Critics Say

"For readers of Russian history, spy history, World War II, communication, and those interested in the KGB." (Library Journal)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Horrendous performance, interesting material

The reader is beyond bad. There are no sentences, just clipped single words read in a machine like monotone. This makes it extremely difficult to absorb the meaning. Listen to the sammoke before purchasing.
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- Alex

Terrible Narrator

He uses a variety of upspeak by emphasizing words having no relationship to the meaning of the text.
Very annoying
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- Donald J. Sage

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-30-2015
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio