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Near and distant neighbors : a new history of Soviet intelligence

Near and distant neighbors : a new history of Soviet intelligence / Jonathan Haslam.
First edition.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015.
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xxiv, 366 pages : maps ; 24 cm
"A revelatory and pathbreaking account of the highly secretive world of the Soviet intelligence services. A uniquely comprehensive and rich account of the Soviet intelligence services, Jonathan Haslam's Near and Distant Neighbors charts the labyrinthine story of Soviet intelligence from the October Revolution to the end of the Cold War. 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"-- Provided by publisher.
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November 04, 2015
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Russian intelligence idiom (Soviet period)
Starting from scratch
But who was the main enemy?
Cryptography: stunted by neglect
What German threat?
The test of war
Postwar advantage
The German theatre
Loss of faith
The computer gap
Pride before the fall
Conclusion: Out from the shadows
Appendix I: Soviet foreign intelligence organizations
Appendix II: Operatives who betrayed the régime, including defectors.

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