Deadly Illusions

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Century, 1993 - Defectors - 538 pages
This is the first published book to be based on the archives of the KGB. Drawing on the actual operational case files, Soviet cryptographic traffic and debriefings of agents such as Kim Philby, Deadly Illusions offers direct insight into the reality behind some of the most famous Soviet intelligence operations of the century. The product of an unprecedented collaboration between a KGB officer and a veteran historian, this remarkable book reaches deep into the still-secret former First Chief Directorate archives inherited by the Russian Intelligence Service. Deadly Illusions lays bare - from the contemporary Soviet intelligence files - the astonishing secrets of the career of Alexander Orlov. He stands revealed as the true eminence grise of the Cambridge and Oxford spy rings, before he fled from Spain to escape the assassination squads of Stalin

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My reactions to reading this in 1995. An interesting collaboration between Costello, an English journalist/historian specializing in espionage history, and Tsarev, an officer with the KGB’s (now SVRR ... Read full review

DEADLY ILLUSIONS: The KGB Orlov Dossier--Stalin's Master Spy

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An absorbing and persuasive argument that a celebrated Soviet turncoat duped the US when it gave him shelter from his stormy past. Drawing on still-secret KGB archives, Costello (Ten Days to Destiny ... Read full review


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