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Secret assignment : the FBI's KGB General

Author: Edward P Gazur
Publisher: London : Published by St Ermin's Press in association with Little, Brown and Co. (UK), 2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"A career special agent of the FBI concentrating on Eastern European counter-espionage investigations, Edward Gazur was selected for one of the most fascinating assignments of the cold war - to protect, befriend and debrief the highest-ranking KGB defector of all time, General Alexander Orlov. Despite their different backgrounds, Orlov and Gazur became firm friends, and the old Bolshevik, who had finally settled in  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: Aleksandr Orlov; Edward P Gazur; Edward P Gazur; Aleksandr Orlov
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Edward P Gazur
ISBN: 0953615170 9780953615179
OCLC Number: 47036493
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xviii, 606 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Edward P. Gazur.

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The memoirs of a career Special Agent of the FBI (concentrating on East European counter-espionage investigations). Gazur was selected for one of the most fascinating assignments of the Cold War: to  Read more...

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