The Untold Story of East-West Espionage Today

Book - 2012
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A senior Economist writer argues that the Kremlin's spymasters have excelled in their field beyond the capabilities of their Western-world adversaries, tracing the story behind the 2010 deportation of Anna Chapman while analyzing triumphs and disasters in Western intelligence throughout the Cold War as revealed by a leading Russian NATO spy.
Publisher: New York : Walker Pub. Co., 2012
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780802711571
Branch Call Number: 327.12 Lucas 2012
Characteristics: 372 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm


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Jan 16, 2017

Good overview of Russian espionage, especially since the downfall of the Soviet Union. He looks at the big spy cases that have erupted since Putin rose to power. Think of the 2010 case of the Russian sleeper agents and the Estonian security chief Herman Simm who turned out to be a double agent for the Russian intelligence agency.

Jun 14, 2016

An odd thing to say about a book on spying, I suppose, but this book is rather a bore. The author, Edward Lucas, is a reds-under-every-bed paranoid with the reds now replaced by Vlad Putin and his fellow gangster/security agency colleagues. Lucas provides a lot of speculation about the dangers Russia’s spies pose to the West but little substantiating fact, surprising considering he’s a veteran journalist.

The book becomes more interesting when Lucas gets around to actual spy stories, but even here he concentrates on how the West has been consistently out-hustled by the Kremlin’s spymasters.

We are all well aware of the thuggishness of Putin’s regime—there have been a spate of books on this theme lately—but Lucas’s paranoia is more than a little over the top. For example, in his Conclusion, he warns us all that, “however unlikely it may seem, and whatever their passport, background or career, a friendly new colleague, customer, supplier or business partner could, just possibly, be a Russian illegal [spy].” TRUST NO ONE!


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Jan 16, 2017

"The outcome, will determine whether the West brings Russia toward its standards of liberty, legality, and cooperation, or whether Russia will shape the West's future as we accommodate (or even adopt) the authoritarian crony capitalism that is the Moscow regime's hallmark."


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