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THE SWORD AND THE SHIELD The Mitrokhin Archive and the Secret History of the KGB

by | Read by Robert Whitfield

History • 32.5 hrs. • Unabridged • © 1999

Vasili Mitrokhin worked for years as a librarian/archivist for the KGB's First Chief Directorate (FCD), or foreign espionage branch. Disgusted with Communism, he began going through archives dating back to the 1920s, taking extensive notes and then smuggling them home. At home, he typed up his notes and hid them in containers buried beneath his dacha. In 1992 he defected to Britain, whose MI5 was able to smuggle out all of his notes from the country. The information contained in these notes is amazing. Although the KGB was oftentimes inept, its reputation for ruthlessness was deserved. The frightening part is the level of penetration the KGB achieved in the '30s and '40s in the U.S. government. Veteran reader Whitfield's reading is a nice match of text and narrator. As he keeps his reading on track and keeps the reader's attention, his even-tempered voice steadily moves from one revelation to the next. While this is by no means a work meant to entertain, it will not disappoint those who wish to hear what Mitrokhin has to tell. M.T.F. © AudioFile 2000, Portland, Maine [Published: AUG/SEP 00]



Library Ed. • Blackstone Audio • 2000

CS ISBN $152.90 • Twenty-three cassettes

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