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Special tasks :the memoirs of an unwanted witness, a Soviet spymaster

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According to KGB archives, Pavel Sudoplatov directed the secretive Administration for Special Tasks. This department was responsible for kidnapping, assassination, sabotage, and guerrilla warfare during World War II, it also set up illegal networks in the United States and Western Europe, and, most crucially, carried out atomic espionage in the United States, Great Britain, and Canada. Sudoplatov served the KGB for over fifty years, at one point controlling more than twenty thousand guerrillas, moles, and spies.

But his involvement with the most nefarious Soviet activities-- and the rulers who ordered them-- made Sudoplatov an unwanted witness, and he was arrested in 1953 after Beria's fall. Despite torture and solitary confinement he refused to "confess", disavowing any criminal actions. He spent fifteen years in prison, then struggled two decades more for rehabilitation.

"Special Tasks" is an astonishing memoir and a singular historical document of a man who knew and did too much for the Soviet empire.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780316773522
Subtitle:
From the New Foreword by Robert Conquest
Author:
Sudoplatov, Pavel
Author:
Schecter, Leona P.
Author:
Sudoplatov, Anatoli
Author:
Schecter, Jerrold L.
Publisher:
Back Bay Books
Location:
Boston :
Subject:
Spies
Subject:
Espionage, Soviet
Subject:
Intelligence officers
Subject:
Espionage, Soviet -- History -- 20th century.
Subject:
General History
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series Volume:
no. 94-3
Publication Date:
19950601
Binding:
Paperback
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
576
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.125 x 1.375 in 1.56 lb

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