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by Pavel; Sudoplatov A. P.; Schecter Jerrold L.; Schecter Leona P. Sudoplatov

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Despite torture and solitary confinement he refused to "confess", disavowing any criminal actions. He spent fifteen years in prison, then struggled two decades more for rehabilitation. Special Tasks" is an astonishing memoir and a singular historical document of a man who knew and did too much for the Soviet empire.

Special Tasks: The Memoirs of an Unwanted Witness-A Soviet Spymaster is the autobiography of Pavel Sudoplatov, who was a member of the intelligence services of the Soviet Union who rose to the rank of lieutenant general. When it was published in 1994, it caused a considerable uproar for a number of reasons. It also made him well known outside Russia, and provided a detailed look at Soviet intelligence and Soviet internal politics during his years at the top.

Pavel Sudoplatov and Anatoli Sudoplatov, with Jerrold L. Schecter and Leona P. Schecter. The administration to which he refers was one of the key divisions in Stalin's security police, an agency he headed from the summer of 1941 until he took over the Fourth Directorate, which was responsible for guerrilla warfare behind German lines. The assassinations included Trotsky's, a project Sudoplatov directed and here describes in detail.

According to KGB archives, Pavel Sudoplatov directed the secretive Administration for Special Tasks. This department was responsible for kidnapping, assassination, sabotage, and guerrilla warfare during World War II, it also set up illegal networks in the United States and Western Europe, and, most crucially, carried out atomic espionage in the United States, Great Britain, and Canada.

Pavel Sudoplatov; Anatoli Sudoplatov; Jerrold L. Schecter; Leona P. Schecter (1994). Special Tasks: The Memoirs of an Unwanted Witness-A Soviet Spymaster. Boston: Little, Brown and Company. Vaksberg, Arkadiĭ (2011)

Pavel Sudoplatov; Anatoli Sudoplatov; Jerrold L. Vaksberg, Arkadiĭ (2011). Toxic Politics: The Secret History of the Kremlin's Poison Laboratory - from the Special Cabinet to the Death of Litvinenko (1st e. p. 112. ISBN 9780313387463. Retrieved 2015-06-04.

Special Tasks is an astonishing memoir and a singular historical document of a man who knew and did too much for the Soviet empire. Anatoli Sudoplatov, Jerrold L Schecter, Pavel Sudoplatov, LEONA P Schecter. Black & White Illustrations. Little, Brown & Company. Trade Paperback (US),Unsewn, Adhesive Bound. Country of Publication. "Books: Jerrold and Leona Schecter's Sacred Secrets: How Soviet Intelligence Operations Changed American History".

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Pavel Sudoplatov, Anatoli Sudoplatov, Jerrold L. Schecter, "" (Little Brown, Boston, 1994).

Pavel Sudoplatov (1907 – 1996) was perhaps the most important figure in Soviet intelligence during Stalin’s era: he. .

Pavel Sudoplatov (1907 – 1996) was perhaps the most important figure in Soviet intelligence during Stalin’s era: he plotted Trotsky’s assassination, and worked hard to defeat Hitler. After Stalin’s death, however, he was jailed and forgotten. In his memoirs, Special Tasks: The Memoirs of an Unwanted Witness – A Soviet Spymaster, he partly admitted his guilt in Stalin’s brutal operations, but said that he acted out of patriotism. I was an idealistic Communist, he wrote. At least no one can say that Sudoplatov led an easy life. After the death of his commanders he was imprisoned and spent 15 years behind bars.

Pavel Sudoplatov, now 87, takes us back to the roots of the Cold War, when the United States was developing the atomic bomb in 1943-45, and asks us to look at that period in a new light. Not only did Soviet agents penetrate the Manhattan Project, as we already knew - but they virtually ran it. The chief scientific administrator of the project, Robert Oppenheimer, and its most brilliant experimental physicist, Enrico Fermi, supplied vital information to Moscow, as did Leo Szilard, another leading figure in American nuclear science, according to allegations in this book.

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A remarkable account of good and evil. The good is the dedication these people had to their cause, as wrong as it was. The book is very well documented and not light reading. It is a peak under the tent of an evil ideology that is alive and well and threatening America today. It is disturbing to read how very intelligent people were lured away to divulge America's atomic bomb secrets to the Soviet Union. This man led a remarkable life, did many unimaginable things for his country and in the end, paid the same price many of his colleagues did when he was eventually sent to jail during a purge. The activities and initiatives described in this book, the result can often be seen alive and well in America today.
Well, the first thing I'll say is that this is no "Inside Stalin's Secret Service" by Walter Krivitsky. It lacks the thrilling narrative and structure of that work, but Pavel Sudoplatov's is highly valuable on its own. Somewhat interestingly, Sudoplatov denies that Krivitsky was ever assassinated. He claims that he would have heard about it had that been the case. He also casts doubt on the state sponsored murder of Lev Sedov. Many of his insights on Beria, in particular, are not ones that you'll find elsewhere. That it was so routine for someone like Sudoplatov to end up in the Gulag remains pretty astounding to most westerners. He was a man who witnessed history so, if a huge student of Soviet history as I am, its a must read.
This 1994 memoir is a highly detailed and vividly written insight into the Soviet NKVD and KGB work of the 1930s into the 1950s and even later. That Robert Conquest saw fit to write a foreword to it should be an indicator of its value and quality to any who read about Soviet history. Remarkable stuff.
Sudoplatov ran the NKVD's Administration for Special Tasks, which carried out some of the Soviet Union's darkest operations --- assassination, kidnapping, murder, and frequently, terrorism (the author's own words, no less). Sudoplatov also directed undercover and partisan operations behind German lines during WWII. Later he supervised all atomic espionage operations against the US and Britain after the war.
Still a Stalinist at heart, Sudoplatov offers few regrets for a career filled with death up close and personal. One of his first solo operations entailed infiltrating a Ukrainian nationalist group. After befriending one it's leaders for the better part of a year, he dispatched him in Rotterdam with a box of chocolates loaded with explosives. Later, he went on to supervise large roving killer squads himself, such as the team that assassinated Trotsky outside Mexico City in 1940.
The book is filled with surreal scenes, such as in the "Komandatura" in the Lyubianka, where prisoners were executed. One section was outfitted more as a hotel than a prison. But as prisoners were given a "routine" medical examination, they were administered a lethal injection, then quickly cremated. Sudoplatov, himself arrested on bogus charges after Beria'a arrest, describes receiving not one, but two spinal taps while pretending to be catatonic (so as to avoid interrogation). His simple, direct language in describing these kinds of sequences is chilling.
More than a few of the author's historical claims are either suspect or simply false based on information long available elswhere. For instance, his assertion that Stalin was not involved in the murder of Leningrad Party leader Sergei Kirov can't be taken seriously. He also offers suspect versions concerning the demise of various defectors and other Soviet "enemies" such as Agabekov and Krivitsky. In other cases he seems to want to have it both ways. He admits Alger Hiss was a paid Soviet agent -- but before WWII, not when he was actually accused.
Regardless, these sorts of flaws can be overlooked. This work is critical for an understanding of the mentality behind of some of the Soviet Union's most notorious policies, actions, and crimes.
Very illuminating and very indicative of how things rolled in the USSR before and during WWII. A lot of us in the West have little to no inkling of how severe consequences were under Stalin's regime. It never ceases to amaze me the exceptional cheapness of life that was purveyed during that time in that nation.
Special Tasks: Memoirs of an Unwanted Witness a Soviet Spymaster download epub
Author: Pavel; Sudoplatov A. P.; Schecter Jerrold L.; Schecter Leona P. Sudoplatov
ISBN: 0751512400
Category: History
Subcategory: Military
Language: English
Publisher: Warner; New Ed edition (1995)
Pages: 544 pages