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Spy Handler: Memoir of a KGB Officer

by Victor Cherkashin

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This book is by the KGB operative who handled Robert Hanssen and Aldrich Ames. Incredible insight into how the spy game works. Can't put it down. If you enjoy the FX show The Americans, this book is a wonderful companion piece. ( )
  hollyhox | Jan 20, 2015 |
The personal account from a top KGB agent offers an interesting perspective into the spying game. His first lesson is the futility of the game. Spies uncover other spies which leads to purges and the game starts anew. The Russians battled uphill against the richer Americans. American carelessness resulted in spectacular Russian successes, such as the Ames and Hanssen cases for which the author was responsible. Unfortunately, the book's ending tale of the KGB's dismantling does not match the quality of earlier chapters. The disappointment of the author's lifework leads to venting frustration instead of analysis. Overall, a good account of the functioning of KGB rezidenuras abroad. ( )
2 vote jcbrunner | May 7, 2006 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0465009689, Hardcover)

Victor Cherkashin's incredible career in the KGB spanned thirty-eight years, from Stalin's death in 1953 to the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991. In this riveting memoir, Cherkashin provides a remarkable insider's view of the KGB's prolonged conflict with the United States, from his recruitment through his rising career in counterintelligence to his prime spot as the KGB's number- two man at the Soviet Embassy in Washington. Victor Cherkashin's story will shed stark new light on the KGB's inner workings over four decades and reveal new details about its major cases. Cherkashin's story is rich in episode and drama. He took part in some of the highest-profile Cold War cases, including tracking down U.S. and British spies around the world. He was posted to stations in the U.S., Australia, India, and Lebanon and traveled the globe for operations in England, Europe, and the Middle East. But it was in 1985, known as "the Year of the Spy," that Cherkashin scored two of the biggest coups of the Cold War. In April of that year, he recruited disgruntled CIA officer Aldrich Ames, becoming his principal handler. Refuting and clarifying other published versions, Cherkashin will offer the most complete account on how and why Ames turned against his country. Cherkashin will also reveal new details about Robert Hanssen's recruitment and later exposure, as only he can. And he will address whether there is an undiscovered KGB spy-another Hanssen or Ames-still at large. Spy Handler will be a major addition to Cold War history, told by one of its key participants.

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A retired KGB official whose career ranged from Stalin's death in 1953 to the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991 provides an insider's view of the KGB's conflict with the United States and reveals details about the agency's secret inner workings.

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