Tuesday, June 23, 2009
The Mitrokhin Archive II: The KGB and the World by Christopher M. Andrew describes the operations that Soviet intelligence carried out in the second and third worlds. The title is somewhat of a misnomer there aren't any documents only the occasional one or two line quotation the rest is Andrew's summary. I was rather disappointed that. We still get a breathless account of just how remarkable the material is. Well in that case let's see it. The narrative itself is intriguing. The KGB had a particular fondness for disinformation campaigns which come to think of it does kind of put into question this material. There's also a lot on just what the Soviets thought of different individuals from Nelson Mandela to Gandhi.