Historical Dictionary Of Cold War Counterintelligence

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Overview

The defection of Igor Gouzenko in September 1945, more so than any other single event, alerted the West to the nature and scale of the Soviet espionage offensive being waged by the Kremlin. Apart from the dozen or so defendants convicted of spying, Gouzenko wrecked an organization that had taken years to develop, exposed the penetration of the Manhattan atomic weapons project, and demonstrated the very close relationship between the Canadian Communist Party and Moscow. Many credit this event as sparking the bitter but secretive struggle fought between the intelligence agencies of the East and West for nearly half a century. The Historical Dictionary of Cold War Counterintelligence tells the story of both sides' fierce efforts to penetrate and subvert the opponent while desperately trying to avoid a similar fate. Through a chronology, an introduction, appendixes, a bibliography, and hundreds of cross-referenced dictionary entries on the organizations, operations, events, and personalities that influenced counterintelligence during the Cold War, the world of double agents, spies, and moles is explained in the most comprehensive reference currently available.

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Editorial Reviews

Secrecy News
From 'abduction' to 'Zlatovsky' the new Dictionary provides brief, capsule summaries of key topics, terms and events in the turbulent history of cold war counterintelligence.
May/June 2007 Russian Life
...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....engrossing reading....
March 2008 American Reference Books Annual
this work is an excellent resource. It provides useful information...
June 2007 California Bookwatch
College-level libraries strong in Cold War history and culture must have the reference Historical Dictionary of Cold War Counterintelligence...this dictionary provides an important 'all in one' assessment of events, peoples, and philosophies key to understanding Cold War sentiments and politics.
Studies In Intelligence
...impressive...useful addition...
Defense Intelligence Journal
...useful; biographical entries are especially detailed....
Reference and Research Book News
The alphabetical, cross-referenced dictionary entries presented by West (history of postwar intelligence, Center for Counterintelligence and Security Studies in Alexandria, VA) shed light on the programs, activities, persons, techniques, organizations, and events that shaped the contest between the intelligence agencies of the United States and its allies and the Soviet Union and its allies during the Cold War. In addition to the dictionary entries, West also presents a chronology and bibliography, as well as appendixes providing information about espionage prosecutions in the United States, CIA assets compromised by Soviet double agents, US defectors to the Soviet Union, and Soviet and Soviet Bloc intelligence defectors.
May 2007 Reference and Research Book News
The alphabetical, cross-referenced dictionary entries presented by West (history of postwar intelligence, Center for Counterintelligence and Security Studies in Alexandria, VA) shed light on the programs, activities, persons, techniques, organizations, and events that shaped the contest between the intelligence agencies of the United States and its allies and the Soviet Union and its allies during the Cold War. In addition to the dictionary entries, West also presents a chronology and bibliography, as well as appendixes providing information about espionage prosecutions in the United States, CIA assets compromised by Soviet double agents, US defectors to the Soviet Union, and Soviet and Soviet Bloc intelligence defectors.
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Meet the Author

Nigel West is currently the European Editor of the International Journal of Intelligence and Counter-Intelligence and teaches the history of postwar intelligence at the Centre for Counterintelligence and Security Studies in Alexandria, VA. He is the author of many books, including the Historical Dictionary of British Intelligence (Scarecrow Press, 2005) and Historical Dictionary of International Intelligence (Scarecrow Press, 2006). In October 2003 he was awarded the U.S. Association of Former Intelligence Officers' first Lifetime Literature Achievement Award.

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Table of Contents

Editor's Foreword
Acronyms and Abbreviations
Chronology
Introduction
THE DICTIONARY
Appendixes
A. Espionage Prosecutions in the United States
B. Espionage Prosecutions with No Classified Material Compromised
C. CIA Assest Compromised by Aldrich Ames and Robert Hanssen
D. United States Defectors to the Soviet Union
E. Soviet Intelligence Defectors
F. Soviet Bloc Intelligence Defectors
Bibliography
Index
About the Author

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