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Historical Dictionary of Cold War Counterintelligence

by Nigel West

The pricetag will put this book outside many readers’ comfort zone, but for anyone with a serious interest in post-War spycraft, this reference book is a must. It is a treasure trove of alphabet soup agencies, code names and long-forgotten spy stories compiled by one of the top western experts on spycraft.

Every defector and traitor is here, and the hundreds of concisely edited stories of infamy or heroism makes for engrossing reading. For example, who knew that Kitty Hawk was the codename for a KGB officer and almost-defector who was the son-inlaw of a Politburo member? No surprise, certainly, to learn that the operative, Igor Kochnov, died young.

— Paul E. Richardson

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Reviewed in Russian Life: May/June 2007