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Disinformation: Former Spy Chief Reveals Secret Strategies for Undermining Freedom, Attacking Religion, and Promoting Terrorism

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"This remarkable book will change the way you look at intelligence, foreign affairs, the press, and much else besides." -- R. James Woolsey, former Director of Central Intelligence The highest-ranking Soviet bloc intelligence official ever to defect to the West, Lt. Gen. Ion Mihai Pacepa is at it again. A quarter century ago, in his international bestseller Red Horizons, P ...more
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Published June 17th 2013 by WND Books (first published June 2013)
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Feb 08, 2014 Haplea rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have kind of admired the author, a secret service former big shot, who for many decades has betrayed and destroyed the lives of everyone around (friends, colleagues, innocent citizens, etc.) to his evil bosses and in the end, for mercenary reasons or self-preservation (it was routine for secret service criminals who knew too much to unexpectedly die and safely take their dirty secrets to the grave), has betrayed even his boss, the infamous Ceausescu, to the CIA. To me this was pure professiona ...more
Jun 25, 2013 wally rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pacepa
1st from pacepa for me. just out. 25 jun 13, tuesday, 8:24 p.m. e.s.t.
kindle version...not hardcover.

there is a dedication:
to mary lou, who helped me look at my past through american eyes.
--lt. gen ion mihai pacepa

to my daughter lindsey and all the lindseys in my life.
--professor ronald rychlak

a quote...the santayana quote all are familiar with:
those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. from the life of reason, vol 1, 1905

another: "in russia, "duck," aside from its normal mea
Apr 26, 2017 Milka rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some good information on there but most of it should be taken with a grain of salt. Lots less personal anecdotes and plenty of repetitive discourse make this a long read. Overall, Pacepa gives a very simplistic version of our world: black and white, US food, Russia evil, etc. Unfortunately our world is mostly made of gray so things aren't that simple.
Gordon Hilgers
When I first learned of this book in an article in Britain's Telegraph, I was excited. Why? Because I've always had the unsettling feeling that something simply isn't right about the so-called collapse of the Soviet Union. I've always looked at America's war with Islamic terrorism as something of a proxy war years of work by both the Soviets and the Chinese developed. After all, what better way than reigniting the Western world's oldest argument with an adversary as a way to exhaust American mil ...more
Tina Tamman
This is a disappointing book because of its self-satisfied tone and lack of author credibility. The author, Pacepa, never really says what he did as the top Romanian intelligence officer, except that he spent time in Germany and once looked for a hairdresser for Mrs Ceausescu. He assures us that he never killed anybody. It is hard to engage with him, although the book is written in the first person.
The basic premise, however, is excellent and promising: Pacepa has worked out that the Russian tru
C. P. Bittick
Sep 05, 2015 C. P. Bittick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Disinformation is a book that needs to be on every English speaking library shelf, and needs to be read by every English-speaking history teacher.

Disinformation explains of post WWII history from the perspective of one who was on the inside.

Author Ion Pacepa, former Romanian spy chief, brings modern world history alive. With this as a backdrop, it's clear who orchestrated JFK's assassination, and who initiated world-wide anti-American sentiment and whipped it into a fury.

The answer was probabl
Mar 05, 2014 Chafic rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stopped-reading
I read about 10% of the book, and then decided to stop. The topic is supposed to be about disinformation, the writer being a top soviet era officer in a notorious intelligence agency. Four or more chapters into the book, the story goes like: I reached the higher positions in soviet intelligence hierarchy, but I'm a good man, and I'll spend the rest of this book repeating boring anecdotes, and try to look credible.
What a terrible book, I'm quite surprised it gets good reviews. Stopped reading.
Connie Townsend
Feb 05, 2015 Connie Townsend rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a must read if you have any question about what and what the world and our government is moving the way it is today. Why hasn't this information been available earlier? Thaky you past President Carter, protecting Billy and the relationship with Communist Romania's dictator. Where did President Obama get his program of blaming President Bush as a worthwhile policy? Interesting answers found here!
May 12, 2017 Robyn rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
Unfortunately, this book unexpectedly started to fall apart with a casual fact check. When I expanded my research into the sources, I found many more credibility issues and cherry picking of information that is so tiring when looking for in-depth analysis.

If you are looking for clear, factual information that describes actual strategic moves backed by actual historical evidence and analysis this is sadly not your book. You will recognize the tones and themes that dominate any nearly political c
May 24, 2017 Bud rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very informative about KGB/FSB methods.
May 04, 2017 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Important read, I think, and sadly, very pertinent to our times....
Mar 26, 2014 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: espionage
This book contains a long, long section of notes and a bibliography, so I was surprised that I finished it at only 65%!

This book is very interesting. There are many good, informative, substantiated sections, particularly the cowritten parts involving Pope Pious XII.

However, I feel it is trying to be many things, and would have been better off split into two, or even three, separate books. There didn't seem to be a lot of order between the seconds. It's part history, part memoir, part political m
My experience with this was a bit up and down: there was a lot of good information and interesting story tidbits about the author Pacepa's experience and what he knew about the Soviet bloc's activities, but the writing isn't real engaging. Many sections get very detailed in a "this is what he said and this is what she said" way that is hard to get through. And towards the end, Pacepa has complaints about events in recent US history that aren't supported as well as they need to be in order to be ...more
Todd Plesco
Jun 13, 2014 Todd Plesco rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Lieutenant General Ion Mihai Pacepa was a 3 star general in Communist Romania’s secret police the Securitate. Lt Gen Pacepa was chief of foreign intelligence and the state secretary for Romania’s Ministry of Interior. His defection and subsequent work with Central Intelligence Agency in the USA led to the annihilation of secrets held by Ceaucescu’s intelligence network in communist Romania.

His latest book, Disinformation, analyzes and reveals a diverse landscape of campaigns in propaganda. In th
Mar 05, 2014 Richard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Richard by: Glenn Beck
This book is highly relevant today in so many ways. We are inundated today by disinformation from our enemies as well as from our own government and politicians. Read this book and learn about Lee Harvey Oswald, Yassar Arafat, and the succession of Soviet & Russian premiers. Remember when Mitt Romney said Russia was the US's #1 strategic adversary, only to be mocked by Barack Obama? Guess what? Mitt was right. Learn why.

The prose itself is good, but nothing extraordinary. It's the content, t
Nov 11, 2016 Sharon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was scared that this book would take me ages to read, given my total lack of education on and knowledge of the field of intelligence. I was pleasantly astonished - I finished the book in about a week. Pacepa's writing is remarkably approachable considering the subject matter. He regularly repeats himself in a way that benefits the reader, who may be overwhelmed by the flood of Romanian and Russian names and dates. He also builds on each previous revelation, so that you find yourself rememberin ...more
Mar 04, 2014 Dustin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-must-reads
Dezynformatzia is everywhere you look. Even in our own government's treatment of dissident factions, or in the media's demonization of the religious right. Look at the way Ruby Ridge was portrayed to the public. Do you know the real story behind what happened? I suspect you only know the dezynformatzia that was hand fed to the media by the FBI. We learned the craft well after men like General Pacepa helped our government understand it. I had just finished a book on making the case against LBJ as ...more
Michael Stern
For those lucky enough not to have had to live through the nightmare that was the Eastern Bloc,this book serves as a primer in the methods of information warfare that accompanied the Cold War from the perspective of a long-time adversary intelligence officer charged with carrying it out. However, once one gets past the "novelty" of learning exactly how the Soviet and their satellite intelligence agencies manipulated chunks of Western media and academia, the book gets extremely repetitive and mun ...more
Gordon Grose
Apr 02, 2014 Gordon Grose rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Disinformation by Ion Mihai Pacepa

Well worth reading through the repeats to lock on to how we're being bamboozled by a KGB and willing accomplices in our American political life. Attack your predecessor to elevate one Russian leader after another (the Russian word is glasnost!), and forge documents to discredit Moscow's enemies (Pope Pious XII, protector and savior of many Jewish people becomes "Hitler's Pope").

Who finances the Palestine Liberation Organization? Was Yassar Arafat Palestinian? Qu
William Crosby
Feb 22, 2014 William Crosby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a former disinformation agent, Pacepa analyses various historical "truths" in which many people seem to believe and shows that they were the result of a disinformation campaign as manipulated by the KGB (some examples: "Hitler's Pope," assassination of JFK, Che Guevara). Also says that this is still happening. He claims that Islamic anti-western hatred was ignited and fostered by Russia. Russia has been in love with disinformation for centuries.

Sometimes this book seemed to be a mish-mash of
Thomas Mccutcheon
I appreciate what Pacepa did for the West. This book is interesting in a certain light. Pacepa's breakdown of communist intelligence's use of disinformation to change how people are viewed by the masses was a great topic for the first 200 pages. However, by the time that I got to the framing of Pius XII, I was tired of the repetition. It sort of felt like more of a list was made, and then filler words were put in to make chapters. The part about the JFK Assassination was an interesting, and to m ...more
Jack Hansen
Very sobering account of the history of Disinformation used to change the minds of impressionable youths by infiltrating education, politics, business, the military, and changing the history of a country to usurp one ideology for a false one based on lies and deception that resorts to murder and intimidation to achieve its goals. The director of this double DVD set, Stan Moore, utilizes the personal accounts of those who have lived in Communist countries and moved to the United States of America ...more
Jun 21, 2014 Ktmholm rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not an easy read--or a fun one--but interesting nonetheless. The author is a former Romanian spy chief (directly underneath the leadership of Ceausescu)who defected to the U.S., and now reveals the Soviets' long history of 'Disinformation.' By forging documents and leaking false information to the media, the KGB has manipulated world opinion...most notably the fiction that Pope Pius XII was a Nazi sympathizer. The author also provides convincing evidence that the KGB was responsible for the worl ...more
Sep 05, 2014 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Detailed book written by a former spy for Romania who defected to the U.S. So much of what the masses are indoctrinated with simply is NOT true. "Disinformation" was a tool which the Soviets used especially well against their enemies. The author exposes the disinformation surrounding the framing of the Pope as "Hitler's Pope", the Kennedy assassination, Islamic terrorism, the Antiwar movement and much more. Before you write it off as fiction and propaganda, consider that there are almost 50 page ...more
Mar 06, 2014 Lucas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting read but a lot of the material seems to come from the authors other books. While I haven't read these other books I did enjoy the last section where the authors reviews the current state of terrorism and terrorist acts. Also the authors detail how these acts of terrorism were tools of disinformation used by the KGB during the cold war. However, it remains to be determined if there is an ongoing sponsorship or these acts by KGB or their affiliates or if this is simply the winds of a b ...more
Oct 04, 2015 Dahl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: recommendations
One does not know the true scope of Soviet Communist attempts to corrupt the West, destroy Christianity and promote Terrorism until you read this account from an individual who worked in the midst of it. General Ion Pacepa worked in the middle of these efforts until he finally saw the light and defected to the West. Now he has written the expose which reveals the full extent of these efforts and the aftereffects which are being felt today in the corruption of Western Culture. A must-read for any ...more
Edmund Dean
This is a rather meandering set of memoires with hyperbolic claims supported only by circumstantial evidence. I also feel like there is a lot of unnecessary political posturing. Pacepa thinks of himself as a hero, and goes out of his way to demonize his villains.

Nonetheless, it has its merit, particularly when it breaks from Pacepa's own life and opinions and has more objective analysis of the soviet mindset, and it is written in a direct, engaging style.
I really enjoyed this book and thought it was very insightful. My only problem with it was that the writer tended to repeat himself especially with events that had to do with Pope Pius XII. I wished he would have gone into more detail about the ties between the communists and radical Islam. All in all though, it was a very interesting read that gave much food for thought.
Apr 01, 2015 Tomasz rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Quite good book on disinformation, but not easy to read. Lots of hard facts, I expected to read an analysis of disinformation techniques - this is not found in the book. The section on Pope Pious XII was hard to get through for me. The ending seems to be an example of disinformation, praising the US and condemning anyone who dares criticize them.
Aug 17, 2013 Dorin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazingly insightful book on disinformation techniques. It gives a lot of food for thought on the things that happen around us...
Basically, the book is a larger explanation for 'repeat a lie a thousand times and it becomes the truth'. A must read for anyone that thinks they have the right idea who the bad guy is :)
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