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The Man with the Poison Gun

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201 pages
Serhii Plokhy provides a riveting account of the exploits of a Soviet assassin who used poison gas to kill exiled opponents of the Soviet regime amid East-West preparations for all-out war.I got this for free, as it was an arc that I only NOW got around to reading.In the literature on 20th-century espionage, this book belongs on the top shelf.
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Authorities there insisted on putting him on trial for murder, with the goal of a life sentence.His family was part of the Ukrainian independence movement during and after World War II, and yet he began working as an undercover KGB agent in his early 20s. He met regularly with such big-wigs as Aleksandr Shelepin, KGB chair at age 40, a riser in the Kremlin hierarchy. Seasons of Trouble It is a stark reminder of the chaotic and intractable confusion that comes with espionage, how immediately unreliable testimony thus becomes.I recently finished his book on the History of Chernobyl, so going into this one I knew I could rely on an engaging prose and demonstrably wide research, but unlike that more tragic history, this one In this biography of a defecting spy, Plokhy grips your attention from the opening pages, and maintains it at high pace with his lucid, tight prose, that informs as it entertains, and entertains as it informs.