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The Man with the Poison Gun Serhii Plokhy

The Man with the Poison Gun By Serhii Plokhy

The Man with the Poison Gun by Serhii Plokhy

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From one of the foremost historians of the former Soviet Union, a nonfiction spy thriller about a KGB assassin whose defection to the West changed the face of Cold War espionage.

The Man with the Poison Gun Summary

The Man with the Poison Gun: A Cold War Spy Story by Serhii Plokhy

In the fall of 1961, KGB assassin Bogdan Stashinsky defected to West Germany. After spilling his secrets to the CIA, Stashinsky was put on trial in what would be the most publicized assassination case of the entire Cold War. The publicity stirred up by the Stashinsky case forced the KGB to change its modus operandi abroad and helped end the career of Aleksandr Shelepin, one of the most ambitious and dangerous Soviet leaders. Stashinsky's testimony, implicating the Kremlin rulers in political assassinations carried out abroad, shook the world of international politics. Stashinsky's story would inspire films, plays, and books,including Ian Fleming's last James Bond novel, The Man with the Golden Gun. A thrilling tale of Soviet spy craft, complete with exploding parcels, elabourately staged coverups, double agents, and double crosses, The Man with the Poison Gun offers unparalleled insight into the shadowy world of Cold War espionage.

The Man with the Poison Gun Reviews

Library Journal Extensively researched and well documented, this fascinating true story will appeal to readers of spy fiction and nonfiction and Eastern European and Cold War history. Publishers Weekly [Plokhy's] gripping, well-researched account of Stashinsky's life illuminates a pivotal juncture of the Cold War. Kirkus Reviews With gusto and verve, Plokhy details Stashinsky's intelligence work... A thrilling, well-researched tale of espionage that has all the spycraft hallmarks of a blockbuster movie. Peter Finn, co-author of The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle Over a Forbidden Book A gripping portrait of an assassin and his journey from recruitment to mission to defection, The Man with the Poison Gun exhumes one of the Cold War's stranger episodes--the KGB's murder of Ukrainian emigres with a spray gun that squirted poison. Author Serhii Plokhy tells an evocative and informative tale, based on original archival research, that immerses us in the tradecraft of Soviet spies operating in Western Europe.

About Serhii Plokhy

Serhii Plokhy is the Mykhailo Hrushevsky Professor of Ukrainian History at Harvard and the director of the university's Ukrainian Research Institute. The Prize-winning author of nine books, including The Last Empire and The Gates of Europe, Plokhy lives in Arlington, Massachusetts.

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The Man with the Poison Gun: A Cold War Spy Story by Serhii Plokhy
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