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Battleground Berlin: CIA vs. KGB in the Cold War

ISBN: 9780300072334
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication Date: 1997-08-19
Number of pages: 556
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This text is an insider's account of the espionage warfare in Berlin between CIA and KGB from 1945 to the construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961. Two intelligence veterans - major players on opposite sides of the Cold War - have joined in a collaboration to tell the story. Basing their narrative on personal recollections, interviews with other CIA and KGB officers, and documents never before made public, the authors provide a vast number of details of CIA's infiltration of the new East German intelligence service, the construction, operation, and uncovering of the Berlin tunnel, and many other initiatives and countermoves dealing with the series of crises that racked Berlin and jeopardized an uneasy world peace during this period. The book illuminates some of the most compelling mysteries of the Cold War, including: what really happened the night the Soviets "discovered" the Berlin tunnel; who ordered the building of the Berlin Wall - and why did the west seem so ill prepared; how did infighting among Soviet leaders affect decision-making during the most critical moments of the Berlin crisis; how did power struggles between KGB and its protege, the East German security service, shape the political landscape of East Germany and heighten tension in West Berlin; and how much did the famous defector Otto John reveal to KGB - and why is he still unable to clear his name. The book, an operational and organizational history of the world's two most important secret service organizations during a critical time, unveils the vital connection between intelligence gathering and political decision-making as the highest levels.

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