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Secret servant : my life with the KGB and the Soviet élite

Author: Ilya Dzhirkvelov
Publisher: New York : Touchstone Book published by Simon & Schuster, 1989. ©1988
Series: A Touchstone book
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First Touchstone editionView all editions and formats
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"In Secret Servant, one of the most important Soviet defectors of recent years offers an engrossing firsthand portrait of his four decades in a superpower shrouded in secrecy. Disillusioned--but never a dissident--Ilya Dzhirkvelov lays bare the workings of the KGB, its command structure and operational techniques, the intrigues and corruption, during his 37 years of service to the Soviet Union. As he details his  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Ilya Dzhirkvelov; Ilya Dzhirkvelov
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ilya Dzhirkvelov
ISBN: 0671682997 9780671682996
OCLC Number: 19457205
Notes: Translated from the Russian.
Reprinted with new introduction. Originally published: New York : Harper & Row, 1988, ©1987.
Description: 398 pages ; 22 cm
Series Title: A Touchstone book
Responsibility: Ilya Dzhirkvelov.

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"In Secret Servant, one of the most important Soviet defectors of recent years offers an engrossing firsthand portrait of his four decades in a superpower shrouded in secrecy. Disillusioned--but never a dissident--Ilya Dzhirkvelov lays bare the workings of the KGB, its command structure and operational techniques, the intrigues and corruption, during his 37 years of service to the Soviet Union. As he details his rise through the ranks under Stalin, Khrushchev, and Brezhnev, he unflinchingly recounts his undercover activities in Russia, Europe, and Africa--from bugging embassies and recruiting foreign journalists to eliminating Soviet enemies. As a KGB trainee he was privy to how Stalin outwitted Roosevelt and Churchill at Yalta; as a TASS correspondent he specialized in disinformation campagins abroad; as a top bureaucrat he saw the decision-making process of the Communist Party Central Committee, and studied the Soviet social elite and the evolution of its attitudes. Today, wanted as a Soviet traitor, Dzhirkvelov insists that but for the personal injustice that prompted his dramatic 1980 escape, he would still be a "secret servant" of the regime he followed so long and so loyally." -- Back cover.

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