The Sword and the Shield
- The Mitrokhin Archive and the Secret History of the KGB
- Narrated by: Charles Stransky
- Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
- Abridged Audiobook
- Release date: 01-05-01
- Language: English
- Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
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Revelations from The Sword and the Shield:
The massive role that the KGB played in the Cold War and the state-sanctioned paranoia behind it
The KGB's attempts to discredit J. Edgar Hoover, and their eavesdropping activities against Henry Kissinger
Details of secret radio and arms caches buried throughout Western Europe and the United States
The real identities of the KGB's most senior spies in Britain and the United States
The internal repression of dissidents within the Soviet Union, including the KGB's own most capable and best educated officers
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By Keyvan on 04-26-10
Enriching Book Astounishing Reading
Great narrator, great story, but for those folks who suggested The Company is the same kind of book, I disagree. This book is fact base and everything is real. The Company is fiction and all made up. My only regret is this audiobook is not unabridged.
In point of fact I think abridge book should be allowed unless the author himself cut it.
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By John R. Brown on 09-06-03
Great History - Great Spy Story
Vasili Mitrokhin was an archivist for the KGB. For several years, he reviewed files as they were moved to a new building. He began to secretly copy information from the files and take it home. Security was surprisingly lax and he became bold. Eventually, he had six crates of notes and quotes. After the fall of the Soviet Union, British intelligence exfiltrated him and his family in exchange for access to his files.
In this book, he names names. Hundreds of names. For instance, he names an employee of M.W. Kellogg in Houston, whom no one ever suspected of being a Soviet agent. He names key members of the Roosevelt and Truman administrations.
But saying that he names names is understating the importance of this book.
Beginning in the 1930's and continuing into the late 1980's, he describes Soviet tradecraft and the work of master spys, cutouts, agents, and persons compromised. For instance, the provides the Soviet side of the recuiment and running of the Kim Phily Five, the Alger Hiss matter, the Rosenbergs, etc.
HE EVEN IDENTIFIES SASHA, a Soviet mole who did much damage (although the CIA's hunt for SASHA may have been even more damaging than Sasha's own work - and the skeptics amoung us question whether there was another Sasha).
If this were fiction, it would be a pretty good book. As non-fiction, it is a must read for anyone who wants to know what really happened in the cold war and how close we came to losing to the Soviets.
About 20% of the information in this book is incorporated into Robert Littel's novel, THE COMPANY.
9 of 10 people found this review helpful