Loyal Comrades, Ruthless Killers: The Secret Services of the USSR 1917-1991
Loyal Comrades, Ruthless Killers is a candid and revealing history of the secret services of the Soviet Union. Written by a former member of the Soviet military, it analyzes the development of the secret services from the Cheka through to the KGB and their role in such events as the attacks on the peasantry in the 1920s, the Great Purge of the 1930s and the creation of the...more
However, my major complaint is that at times I felt like I was reading propaganda, especially when it came to Stalin. On every historical question or issues, the author comes down firmly on Stalin's side, to the point that I thought he was minimizing Stalin's responsibility for the actions of the Soviet Union's secret services. That d...more
Of course it is bias- but sometimes reading a bias account of another countries intelligence agencies is more informative, and definitely amusing.