Academic journal article Military Review

SPY HANDLER: MEMOIR OF A KGB OFFICER: The True Story of the Man Who Recruited Robert Hanssen & Aldrich Ames

Academic journal article Military Review

SPY HANDLER: MEMOIR OF A KGB OFFICER: The True Story of the Man Who Recruited Robert Hanssen & Aldrich Ames

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SPY HANDLER: MEMOIR OF A KGB OFFICER: The True Story of the Man who Recruited Robert Hanssen & Aldrich Ames, Victor Cherkashin with Gregory Feifer, Basic Books, New York, 2005, 352 pages, $26.00.

Spy Handler is a fascinating account of field craft, intelligence organizations, Western and Soviet spies, and the fate of those spies caught by counterintelligence services. Author Victor Cherkashin, the KGB agent in Washington, D.C., who handled infamous American spies Robert Hanssen and Aldrich Ames, insists that another major spy, recruited by the Soviets, remains in U.S. Government service to this day. Students of the Cold War will want to read this book.

Spy Handler covers Cherkashin's 40-year career with the KGB, including his counterintelligence and foreign intelligence work in the United States, Australia, India, Lebanon, England, Western Europe, and the Middle East. A dedicated communist, Cherkashin retired from the KGB with the rank of colonel and the Order of Lenin (the highest national honor of the Soviet Union).

Destined to be a major source for future Cold War studies on intelligence, the book ranks with Alien Weinstein and Alexander Vassiliev's The Haunted Wood: Soviet Espionage in America-The Stalin Era (Modern English, London, 2000); Vasili Mitrokhin, trans. by Christopher Andrew, The Sword and the Shield: The Mitrokhin Archive and the secret History of the KGB (Basic Books, Cambridge, MA, 2000); Philip Knightley's The Second Oldest Profession (Penguin, New York, 1988); and Milton Bearden and James Risen's The Main Enemy: The Inside Story of the CIA s Final Showdown with the KGB (Random House, Westminster, MD, 2003). …

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