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Deception: The Untold Story of East-West Espionage Today

3.66 of 5 stars 3.66  ·  rating details  ·  160 ratings  ·  15 reviews
From the capture of Sidney Reilly, the "Ace of Spies," by Lenin's Bolsheviks in 1925 to the deportation from the United States of Anna Chapman, the "Redhead Under the Bed," in 2010, Kremlin and Western spymasters have battled for supremacy for nearly a century. Edward Lucas persuasively demonstrates that "for most of the past decades, the Kremlin's spymasters have run ring ...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published June 19th 2012 by Walker Books (first published 2012)
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Kerry
While this was an interesting book with lots of enticing anecdotes, it felt a little disorganized, unfocused in scope, and jumbled. It went from present to past to somewhere in between when it might have taken events, even if they were not necessarily geographically or politically related, chronologically.

From another angle, it seems like Lucas wanted to write a book about spying in Estonia or the Baltics but knew that the topic was too esoteric and therefore had to give it wider scope. Essenti
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Gordon
4.5 stars. Anything written by Edward Lucas is worth reading. This is a long overdue wake up call. Edward's bottom line is that Russia is actively and successfully exploiting Western vulnerabilities associated with having open societies and having an unfounded trust in Russian support for international economic and security norms. Russia is going to incredible lengths in intelligence efforts to achieve its state aims of influence, political / economic / military power, and internal control (this ...more
Bridget
As my husband noted when he read it, this book is really three mini-books in one. There is a really interesting section about the state of Russia today and how such a place gave rise to spies like Anna Chapman. Then there is a section about some random stories of espionage from WWI, WWII, and the Cold War. Then there is a section about another specific spy, Herman Simm from Estonia. These three mini-books are not woven together very well, which means that no matter how interesting they are on th ...more
David Hill
I found this a slow read. The best part of the book was about the state of Russia today. The vignettes about WWII and the cold war were disjointed and the entirety did not flow well together. There was a lot of supposition (which may be inherent in spy craft), but does not necessarily make for engaging reading.
ZANE AURORA
Nevarēju palasīt, aaaaa kaitinoši. Uzrakstīts (sliktā nozīmē) populārā stilā, autors visu laiku koķetē ar lasītāju, operē ar uzvārdiem, manipulē ar skaļiem jēdzieniem, bet tas viss rada tādu a la streipa-domburšova iespaidu (tēma: "Viņi izskatās kā mēs, viņi ir starp mums, bet kādi īstenībā briesmoņi!") Skaidrs, ka autors ir kvēls Rietumu vērtību aizstāvis ar dziļu Komunisma Traumu, līdz ar šo fanātismu viņam nav īstas iekšējas/strukturālas poņas/intelliģences par Krieviju - par tās vēsturi, kul ...more
Joni
An interesting - current and historical account of russian spying strategy and methods. Lucas frames this book as a warning to the west's continued complacency towards a corrupt and often criminal regime. While the West certainly takes the blame for allowing Russia's financial and economical assets both private and public, to influence western policy towards Russia, the author explains how the biggest issue is actually the West's naivity in their awareness and skewed soft approach towards russia ...more
Odhran
After reading this book, I had to spend half an hour lifting up all the beds in my house to make sure there were no reds hiding underneath it.

Seriously, this is dripping with barely-concealed Russophobia. The author is apparently convinced that, not only did the international communist conspiracy exist, but that it's still ongoing, albeit with communism replaced with Russian. And the anti-Russia bias is crazy. At one point, Operation Gladio and the Strategy of Tension are referred to as "a bit o
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iain meek
A chilling glimpse of Russian spying by an author who obviously dislikes Mr Putin.

However the history of Western involvement after the Bolshevic revolution may explain why the Russians are somewhat paranoid about the West- the history covered in this book as well. The latest edition of the book covers everything up to Pussy Riot being arrested.
Mairita
Ļoti vērtīgi izlasīt, lai labāk saprastu, kas noticis un kas notiek politikā Eiropā, Krievijā un ASV.
Taras
I really enjoyed the author's raw dislike of the Russian state. It's too rare among Englishmen.

It's always fun to hear about the ineptness of the British secret service and that even though Russian spies seem comically bad, they are effective.

I liked the author's observation that it's hard to spy on Russia. It's easy to convince spies to live in the West, but try to convince a westerner to live in the crappyness that is Russia :)...Even if you do that, good luck having him blend in.
Doronike
Grāmatas sākuma un beigu nodaļas - kas veltītas jaunāko laiku notikumiem Eiropā un pasaulē izlūkdienestu darbības kontekstā, man šķiet interesantākas par vēsturisko vidusdaļu. Manuprāt, šeit autors brīžiem aiz kokiem aizmirsa par mežu, taču izlasīt un uzzināt vairāk par Rietumu izlūkdienestu darbību Baltijā pēc Otrā pasaules kara bija diezgan vērtīgi.
tiddle
It's a well-researched book, providing insight to the unruly Russian way (to put it mildly), akin to the wild wild west where anything goes, as long as you're in power.

If only anyone could point me to an equivalence of this to the Chinese way, I should be so glad.
Wilde Sky
The ‘ruthless men of power’ that ‘run’ Russia are discussed in this lame / unoriginal book, which read like a poorly researched newspaper article.
Jolanta
Neesmu sajūsmā,taču lasīt bija interesanti, pirmkārt, tāpēc, ka pati esmu komunicējusi autoru, otrkārt, liela loma atvēlēta Baltijai.
Rachel Cotterill
Interesting reading, but rather too preachy for my tastes: feels more like a policy paper than a book, in places.
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