Academic journal article Military Review

A Time for Spies: Theodore Stephanovich Mally and the Era of the Great Illegals

Academic journal article Military Review

A Time for Spies: Theodore Stephanovich Mally and the Era of the Great Illegals

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A TIME FOR SPIES: Theodore Stephanovich Mally and the Era of the Great Illegals, William E. Duff, Vanderbilt University Press, Nashville, TN, 1999, 231 pages, $27.00.

A Time for Spies is a good book that lights a shadowed corner in the world of espionage. William Duff is a retired FBI special counterintelligence agent whose job was documenting and forecasting the behavior of Soviet agents and their unique colleague"e illegals. An illegal is any individual conducting espionage under a false identity in a foreign land. An illegal runs great risks including arrest and criminal sanctions.

The great era of illegals encompassed the years between World Wars I and II. The illegals functioned from Brazil to Germany and from the United States to Great Britain, serving primarily with the Fourth Directorate of the Soviet Military Intelligence and the Foreign Department of State Security (KGB) and the Communist International (COMINTERN). Administratively, they were in one or the other; in reality, they worked off and on in each. They were highly intelligent, educated or both and were believers in world revolution after World War I's disillusioning losses and displacement. …

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