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. ...
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Overview

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 Special Tasks is an astonishing memoir and a singular historical document of a man who knew and did too much for the Soviet empire.

Sudoplatov's book--the first full-scale memoir by a high-level Soviet intelligence official from the Stalinist period--set off a firestorm of controversy in the U.S. when it was published in 1994. This updated edition answers critics and provides new evidence, including recently released documents, that bolsters his accusations about atomic espionage. 10 pages of photos.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Sudoplatov, a former intelligence official during the Stalin era, presents an updated version of his controversial memoir. (June)
Gilbert Taylor
This secret policeman's memoir contains explosive material. The atomic bomb secrets were betrayed not by the Rosenbergs but by none other than Robert Oppenheimer and Enrico Fermi. The motivations of octogenarian Sudoplatov, who managed the Soviet nuclear intelligence effort, in choosing to divulge this information now are less important than the news about the services he performed for Stalin and the damage he inflicted on the West. A skilled operative and admitted murderer--whose assassination in 1938 of a Ukrainian nationalist was rewarded by Stalin with his personal summons and then his direct order to liquidate Trotsky--Sudoplatov coldly records killing as a method of rule. The Kremlin intrigues he details will inspire major historical revision, damning, particularly, Khrushchev (here fingered on a few homicides) and, yet again, Beria. Sudoplatov's insights into the Kremlin's intrigues of the 1940s and 1950s, combined with the inevitable reappraisal of the Oppenheimer cause celebre (when the physicist was branded a security risk), are astonishing evidence of secret influences in the domestic politics of both the U.S. and the USSR. Espionage buffs and historians mulling recent NKVD/KGB disclosures (e.g., Tsarev and Costello's "Deadly Illusions" ) here have their most sensational allegations to date.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316773522
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: 4/1/1994
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 509

Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction
Evolution of the Soviet Security and Intelligence Service
Prologue: Revealing a Secret 3
1 Beginnings 7
2 Spain: Crucible for Revolution and Purges 30
3 Purge Years 50
4 The Assassination of Trotsky 65
5 Stalin and Hitler: Prelude to War 87
6 The Great Patriotic War: Deception Games and Guerrilla Warfare 126
7 Atomic Spies 172
8 The Cold War 221
9 Raoul Wallenberg, LAB X, and Other Special Tasks 265
10 The Jews: California in the Crimea 285
11 Final Years Under Stalin, 1946-1953 310
12 The Fall of Beria and My Arrest 353
13 The Trial 395
Appendix One: Stalin's Visitors, June 21 and June 22, 1941 433
Appendix Two: Atomic Espionage Documents, 1941-1946 436
Appendix Three: Technical Aspects of the American Atomic Bomb Project 468
Appendix Four: First American Atomic Bomb Test 474
Appendix Five: Basis for the Katyn Forest Massacre 476
Appendix Six: Rehabilitation Documents of Pavel Sudoplatov 479
Index 483
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