A History of The Russian Secret Service

Title:                      A History of The Russian Secret Service

Author:                 Richard Deacon

Deacon, Richard (1972) [pseud .]. A History of The Russian Secret Service. London: Muller

LCCN:    72187343

HV8225 .M23 1972

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Date Updated:  September 20, 2016

Reviewed by Paul W. Blackstock and Frank L. Schaf[1]

A history of the Russian secret services from earliest times to present [1978] by a British author experienced in intelligence matters.

Reviewed by Paul W. Blackstock and Frank L. Schaf[2]

A detailed history of security services in Russia from earliest times to the present by the British author of A History of The British Secret Service[3] (cited in chapter 14, section E1).

Reviewed by Paul W. Blackstock and Frank L. Schaf[4]

In his introduction the author states, “This book is not intended to be in any way ideological or propagandist, but on objective assessment of the Russian Secret Service throughout history, giving credit for brilliant work where it is due but pointing out weaknesses and failures.” He covers several centuries in thirty-five chapters. The work is full of operational details, summarizes most .of the special studies available in English, and is liberally laced .with evaluations. It is undoubtedly the best story of Russian espionage, but it leaves much to be desired as a scholarly history. There are only a few notes to many of the most interesting and controversial sources used, of which only a fraction are listed in the bibliography. Disproportionate emphasis is often placed on certain operations due to the overuse of a given source. In spite of such shortcomings, however, the author has written a useful survey if the sources from which it is drawn are carefully evaluated.

[1] Blackstock, Paul W. (1978) and Frank L. Schaf, Jr. Intelligence, Espionage, Counterespionage, And Covert Operations: A Guide to Information Sources. Detroit: Gale Research Co., pp. 22-23

[2] Blackstock, Paul W. (1978) and Frank L. Schaf, Jr. Intelligence, Espionage, Counterespionage, And Covert Operations: A Guide to Information Sources. Detroit: Gale Research Co., p. 99

[3] Deacon, Richard (1970). A History of The British Secret Service. New York: Taplinger

[4] Blackstock, Paul W. (1978) and Frank L. Schaf, Jr. Intelligence, Espionage, Counterespionage, And Covert Operations: A Guide to Information Sources. Detroit: Gale Research Co., p. 150

 

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