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Near and Distant Neighbors - A New History of Soviet Intelligence-logo

Near and Distant Neighbors - A New History of Soviet Intelligence

Jonathan Haslam

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.

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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Genres:

History

Description:

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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Shaun Grindell

Length:

14h 55m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

56:43


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

51:48


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

41:00


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

50:21


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

43:47


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

51:10


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

34:11


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

50:59


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

53:39


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

37:00


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

31:44


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

39:54


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

26:44


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

34:19


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

33:33


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

49:48


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

54:49


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

50:30


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

51:14


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

30:29


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

21:43