Special tasks : the memoirs of an unwanted witness, a Soviet spymaster

General Information

Sudoplatov, Pavel, 1907-1996.
Boston, Mass. : Little, Brown, c1994.
Physical Description
xxiii, 509 p., [10] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.


Sudoplatov, Anatolii Pavlovich.
Schecter, Jerrold L.
Schecter, Leona.
Conquest, Robert.


The "broad spectrum of problems" in which Soviet intelligence officers Pavel Sudoplatov and Leonid Eitingon were engaged was truly extraordinary: kidnapping and assassination; sabotage and guerrilla warfare during World War II; the establishment of illegal networks in the United States and Western Europe; and, most crucially, atomic espionage in the United States, Great Britain, and Canada.
Special Tasks, the astonishing memoir of Pavel Sudoplatov, is a singular historical document. Among its revelations: How Western scientists Oppenheimer, Fermi, Szilard, Gamow, and Pontecorvo provided, or knowingly allowed transfer of, scientific information essential to the USSR's atom bomb project; how on Stalin's direct orders Sudoplatov organized Trotsky's assassination; the Rosenbergs' real role in Soviet atomic espionage; how Raoul Wallenberg died; how Sudoplatov planted a mole to feed disinformation to the German high command; why Stalin invented the Doctor's Plot and Zionist conspiracy, how he destroyed Soviet Jewry; how Stalin created the Berlin crisis to keep Truman from using nuclear weapons against the imminent Chinese Communist victory; and how Khrushchev and his colleagues engineered Beria's arrest and execution to whitewash their own complicity in Stalin's crimes.


Sudoplatov, Pavel, 1907-1996.
Soviet Union. Komitet gosudarstvennoi bezopasnosti > Officials and employees > Biography.
Intelligence service > Soviet Union > Biography.
Spies > Soviet Union > Biography.
Espionage, Soviet > History > 20th century.

Bibliographic Information

Pavel Sudoplatov and Anatoli Sudoplatov ; with Jerrold L. and Leona P. Schecter ; foreward by Robert Conquest.
Includes index.
Foreword / Robert Conquest -- Introduction / Jerrold L. Schecter and Leona P. Schecter -- Evolution of the Soviet Security and Intelligence Service -- Prologue: Revealing a Secret -- 1. Beginnings -- 2. Spain: Crucible for Revolution and Purges -- 3. Purge Years -- 4. The Assassination of Trotsky -- 5. Stalin and Hitler: Prelude to War -- 6. The Great Patriotic War: Deception Games and Guerrilla Warfare -- 7. Atomic Spies -- 8. The Cold War -- 9. Raoul Wallenberg, LAB X, and Other Special Tasks -- 10. The Jews: California in the Crimea -- 11. Final Years Under Stalin, 1946-1953 -- 12. The Fall of Beria and My Arrest -- 13. The Trial -- Appendix One: Stalin's Visitors, June 21 and June 22, 1941 -- Appendix Two: Atomic Espionage Documents, 1941-1946 -- Appendix Three: Technical Aspects of the American Atomic Bomb Project -- Appendix Four: First American Atomic Bomb Test -- Appendix Five: Basis for the Katyn Forest Massacre -- Appendix Six: Rehabilitation Documents of Pavel Sudoplatov.
Library Special Collection
HU OSA 385 - Donation of Victor M. Fic
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The memoirs of an unwanted witness, a Soviet spymaster.


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BookOSA Archivum LibraryGeneral collection327.1/2/0924 20 SUDGeneral StacksDonation of Victor M. Fic. With handwritten notes of the donor.

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