This is a text concerning the role of the KGB in Soviet politics in the period from 1917 through to 1989. The author draws on published materials from Russian and Western sources, and combines historical and political analyses to examine the origins, present structure, organization, functioning, and role of the KGB in enforcing security and policy. For this edition an epilogue covering 1987-1989 has been added.
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Recent interest in the Soviet Union has spawned a plethora of works on the KGB and its nefarious activities, but a shortage of unbiased scholarship remains. Knight, a Soviet affairs specialist, examines the KGB's origins and evolution, structure, and functions to describe and analyze "the KGB as a political institution." Serious students will value the extensive references to Russian and Western sources, detailed information on the background of KGB cadres, and absence of polemic. Lay readers will find the approach tedious and the detail excessive at points. But this treatment of KGB-Communist Party relations is better than William Corson and Robert Crowley's The New KGB ( LJ 9/1/85), especially for academic collections. James R. Kuhlman, Univ. of Georgia Lib., Athens
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Book Description Unwin Hyman, 1990. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Revised. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0044457189
Book Description Unwin Hyman, 1990. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110044457189