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In Stalin's Secret Service: Memoirs of the First Soviet Master Spy to Defect
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Walter Krivitsky was the first Soviet spymaster to defect to the West in 1937. He sought safety in the United States and found time to write his account of his defection and knowledge of Stalin’s many crimes. A classic text of espionage history last published in 1939.
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Walter Krivitsky's dramatic memoir, first published in 1939 by the Saturday evening post, was one of the earliest accounts of the grim realities of Stalin's reign. But as Sam Tanenhaus (a biographer of Whittaker Chambers) notes in his introduction, Krivitsky's revelations were not widely believed in the West. Though studies and documents in the post-Soviet era have confirmed the details of Krivitsky's "anguished confession" of espionage, slave labor camps, and mass murder, when he defected the ex-spy was vilified by American Communists and others. He died in a Washington, DC, hotel room in 1941—either a suicide or a victim of Stalin's assassins. This edition reprints selected declassified FBI documents and a 1966 Washington post article revisiting the circumstances of Krivitsky's death.
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Krivitsky was the first Soviet spy master to defect to the West in 1938, and was found dead of a gunshot wound to his head just two years later. This is his first-hand account of Stalin's espionage and police methods as seen from the inside.
Walter Krivitsky's dramatic memoir, first published in 1939 by the Saturday evening post , was one of the earliest accounts of the grim realities of Stalin's reign. But as Sam Tanenhaus (a biographer of Whittaker Chambers) notes in his introduction, Krivitsky's revelations were not widely believed i
Firsthand account of Soviet espionage in Wester Europe just before the outbreak of World War II.
Krivisty first hand account as top Soviet espionage officer in western Europe and his ultimate defection is a fundamental document of the crisis preceding the Second World War.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 294-295) and index.
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