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Deception: The Untold Story of East-West Espionage Today

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  250 Ratings  ·  25 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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Jun 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: russia, spies
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
Aug 02, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012
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
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
Nov 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting recount of the aggressive Russian espionage in the West.
Some of the stories are known, but the author presents facets of the murky world of espionage and counterespionage not analysed in newspaper reports.

It would have been exciting as a thriller but the book depicts a chilling reality - the increase of the Russian espionage under Putin's paranoid dictatorial regime to the level URSS used to have before its dissolution.
It is frustrating the book was published in 2013. Since then
David Hill
Dec 20, 2013 rated it it was ok
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.
Steve Heil
Feb 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent new information. I had never heard of Aleksander Zaporozhsky before, and his involvement with the Ames and Hanssen cases? A good read for the non-fiction cold-war/spy buff.
Jun 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Roseb612 by: Respekt
Edwarda Lucase mám hodně ráda, sleduju ho na Twitteru (vynikající zdroj informací), čtu pravidelně jeho články (teď i česky v Newsweeku), ale k jeho knihám jsem se pročetla až teď.

Kdo se trochu zajímá o tématiku Ruska, tak v knize najde řadu věcí, které už zná (v řadě témat se překrývá třeba s Kundrovými Putinovi agenti: Jak ruští špioni kradou naše tajemství), ale Lucas se jim věnuje opravdu zevrubně, včetně celé řady odkazů na zdrojové dokumenty, takže opakování zde není vůbec na škodu a člově
Mike Maurer
Jan 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
_Deception_ is an excellent look into the world of espionage, focused on what Russia has done in the past and what it is currently running. The book was published in 2012, but it is even more relevant today, into 2017. The Russians are continually running spies and using influence to control governments and corporations around the world.

One of the biggest take aways for me is how the government of Russia, its security services are tightly entertained with business and organized crime. There is a
Mar 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've met Edward Lucas at my former university when he was delivering a commencement speech in June 2015. Ever since I wanted to read one of his books.

It also turned out that I am currently writing my MA thesis on Russian influence in the West, and this book evoked my interest to the topic even further. And now I on my way to finishing my MA thesis and I came across perfect statement that proves the reason why Europeans should understand Russia, and what is the mere problem of treating it as equ
Joni Baboci
Feb 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 03, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 24, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
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
Nov 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jun 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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.
Feb 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic book. Excellent research and the author clearly exposes the threat the former USSR and now Russia poses to the entire world. Anyone who believes the end of the Cold War means Russian threats have disappeared are wrong.
Dec 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Marcin Nowak
Feb 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
interesting. gives quite an eye-opening perspective on east-west relations in central europe
Rachel Cotterill
Apr 16, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Interesting reading, but rather too preachy for my tastes: feels more like a policy paper than a book, in places.
Nov 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Vērtīga lasāmviela ar ļoti, ļoti vērtīgiem brīdinājumiem.
Mairita (Marii grāmatplaukts)
Ļoti vērtīgi izlasīt, lai labāk saprastu, kas noticis un kas notiek politikā Eiropā, Krievijā un ASV.
May 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 books in 1
Neesmu sajūsmā,taču lasīt bija interesanti, pirmkārt, tāpēc, ka pati esmu komunicējusi autoru, otrkārt, liela loma atvēlēta Baltijai.
Victor Gotisan
Feb 22, 2016 rated it liked it
Too tangled, but... interesting.
Wilde Sky
Jul 21, 2014 rated it it was ok
The ‘ruthless men of power’ that ‘run’ Russia are discussed in this lame / unoriginal book, which read like a poorly researched newspaper article.
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Edward Lucas is a British journalist. Lucas works for The Economist, the London-based global news weekly. He was the Moscow bureau chief from 1998 to 2002, and thereafter the central and east European correspondent. He has also been a correspondent for The Independent and the BBC. Lucas also writes occasionally for The Daily Mail.
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