The Man with the Poison Gun: A Cold War Spy Story

The Man with the Poison Gun A Cold War Spy Story From one of the foremost historians of the former Soviet Union a nonfiction spy thriller about a KGB assassin whose defection to the West changed the face of Cold War espionageIn the fall of KG

  • Title: The Man with the Poison Gun: A Cold War Spy Story
  • Author: Serhii Plokhy
  • ISBN: 9780465035908
  • Page: 306
  • Format: Hardcover
  • From one of the foremost historians of the former Soviet Union, a nonfiction spy thriller about a KGB assassin whose defection to the West changed the face of Cold War espionageIn the fall of 1961, KGB assassin Bogdan Stashinsky defected to West Germany After spilling his secrets to the CIA, Stashinsky was put on trial in what would be the most publicized assassination caFrom one of the foremost historians of the former Soviet Union, a nonfiction spy thriller about a KGB assassin whose defection to the West changed the face of Cold War espionageIn the fall of 1961, KGB assassin Bogdan Stashinsky defected to West Germany After spilling his secrets to the CIA, Stashinsky was put on trial in what would be the most publicized assassination case of the entire Cold War The publicity stirred up by the Stashinsky case forced the KGB to change its modus operandi abroad and helped end the career of Aleksandr Shelepin, one of the most ambitious and dangerous Soviet leaders Stashinsky s testimony, implicating the Kremlin rulers in political assassinations carried out abroad, shook the world of international politics Stashinsky s story would inspire films, plays, and books including Ian Fleming s last James Bond novel, The Man with the Golden Gun.A thrilling tale of Soviet spy craft, complete with exploding parcels, elaborately staged coverups, double agents, and double crosses, The Man with the Poison Gun offers unparalleled insight into the shadowy world of Cold War espionage.

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    1. Щоразу, як я заходжу на фейсбук, у Сергія Плохія - нова книжечка, причому щоразу класна і щоразу на геть іншу тему. (Я вже боюся заходити на фейсбук, бо почуваюся неробою страшною. Але менша з тим!) "Убивство у Мюнхені. По червоному сліду" - прекрасний історичний нонфікшн, що чит [...]

    2. Неймовірно захопливе чтиво.Періодично мусила собі нагадувати, що це не шпигунський роман, а таки цілком поважне історичне дослідження, просто написане з думкою про читача (як пише автор наприкінці, він справді радився з консультантами, що змінити в книжці і як її структуру [...]

    3. The book is a documentary but it is really read as a full-fledged novel. The characters are well researched and explained. Among recent publications, it is probably the best expose of KGB spy and propaganda machinery during the Cold War years. Moreover, it is quite relevant for the reader willing to understand the current affairs in Europe, US, and globally.

    4. “A fascinating episode of the Cold War which is just as relevant today as it was in the early 1960s.”In the late 1950s a KGB agent used an ingenious weapon to assassinate Lev Rebet and Stepan Bandera, who were leaders of the Ukrainian anti-Communist emigres in Munich. The crimes would have gone unsolved but for the assassin himself who defected to West Germany and confessed to the entire affair. Serhii Plokhy takes us back into the Cold War and brings this story back to life.Bogdan Stashinsk [...]

    5. This book had some interesting parts, but the story would have been more interesting if the book was 80 pages rather than 320.One thing that surprised me, during the trial it was never mentioned that probably all KGB agents of more than a few years in the field have dirty hands. If the national interest is to have more KGB agents defect, then the punishment should have been lighter.The prosecutor had no evidence of any kind linking the perp with the crime other than his confession.

    6. Богдан Сташинський був з родини, яка підтримувала УПА. Його завербували, він здав нареченого своєї сестри, брав участь провокаціях НКВД, а згодом, працюючи в Німеччині на КДБ, вбив відомого українського діяча еміграції Льва Ребета. А за два роки - Степана Бандеру.Одружився з [...]

    7. Книжка про вбивство та вбивцю Степана Бандери насправді вам розповість не лише про Богдана Сташинського, але взагалі про те, як діяла КГБ. Це дуже захопливий роман.

    8. Що вище: людина чи обставини? Хто винен? Кому судити?Сергій Плохій не судить, він розповідаєпро людину, системи, епохи.Дуже рекомендую!

    9. The Cold War era was marked by paranoia, propaganda and the simmering threat of nuclear war. Tensions between the West (the United States and NATO allies) and the East (the Soviet Union and its satellite states) led to heightened espionage on both sides. Thus, in 1961, when top KGB assassin Bogdan Stashinsky defected to the West and began to spill the secrets of his trade, the intelligence community on both sides was thrown into turmoil. "I wanted to unburden my conscience and give publicity to [...]

    10. n the late 1950s two leading Ukrainian nationalist leaders were murdered in Munich. Both deaths baffled the nationalist groups and West German police. In the fall of 1961, just before the Berlin wall was erected, Bogdan Stashinsky and his East German wife skipped the funeral of their baby and made a dash into West Berlin. Stashinsky headed to the local CIA headquarters and claimed he was a KGB assassin who had murdered Lev Rebet and Stepan Bandera using a secret poison gun. The Americans were su [...]

    11. This was a compulsively readable look at a frequently-overlooked part of the Cold War, the assassination of the Ukrainian nationalist Stepan Bandera in 1959.Plokhy puts the event in its historical context, the Soviet struggle against Ukrainian nationalism, as well as bringing to light the life of the KGB agent who assassinated Bandera and later defected to the West. (I remember reading a little about the defection back when I was in high school.)It is an interesting book, and Plokhy's conclusion [...]

    12. Напевне після цієї книги варто запрошувати пана Сергія читати лекції ще й з авторського письма. Досить складана і неоднозначна історія показана по-перше вкрай виважено, майже по-самурайськи холодно, але по-друге неймовірно цікаво з такою кількістю фактажу, що просто подих [...]

    13. Книгу, яку читаєш як захоплюючий шпигунський трилер. Розуміючи, що це життя… І не тільки Сташинський, чиї дії мали скоріше позитивний ефект на український рух, не той, на який сподівалися його керівники, постає як реальна людина, яку то зневажаєш, то починаєш навіть трохи сп [...]

    14. An excellent, thrilling, and engaging story of a conflicted individual carrying out abominable acts at the behest of a totalitarian power and subsequently revealing these secrets to its opponents and enemies. A relevant story that brings history to life and connects it to the concerns of the present.

    15. Дуже круто! Біографія Сташинського - головного героя книги - не просто описана, а вписана у дуже широкий контекст "шпигунських ігор" часів холодної війни (чи навпаки - боротьба спецслужб двох ворогуючих таборів подана через особисту історію агента Сташинського). Читається д [...]

    16. Stunning research of political assassinations of Cold War by the KGB.This book also covers history of Ukraine and Soviet dissidents, that are important more than ever, now that the conflict rages in Ukraine.

    17. A rare swing and a miss for one of my favorite authors. The Man with the Poison Gun is interesting, but poorly written. It gives the impression that the work lacked an editor. The writing is overly passive, thereby muddling the prose and weakening the narrative. Skip it.

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