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Deception [Kindle Edition]

Edward Lucas

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“Mr. Romney's smug critics might laugh a bit less once they read Deception, Edward Lucas's riveting follow-up to his prescient2008 book on Russia…. Mr. Lucas's account of his jailhouse interview with [Herman] Simm is one of the highlights of Deception, as is his meticulous reconstruction of the way the SVR recruited, ran and ultimately abandoned the Estonian. One depressing conclusion from reading Deception is that Russians are much better than their Western counterparts at the spy business. Another is that, even now, the West doesn't much seem to care that its secrets are being pilfered by a regime that wishes us ill…. Anyone who imagines that Mr. Obama's ‘reset’ has done much to change that picture should read this sobering book.”—Bret Stephens, The Wall Street Journal
“Lucas's account is a masterful achievement, blending first-class reporting with the flare of John le Carré and Daniel Silva.”—C.C. Lovett, CHOICE


Entertaining and informative ... In the fascinating chapters about the voluptuous Anna Chapman, who was expelled from the US two years ago together with nine other exposed Russian spies, we learn much that is new, especially about her life in London. Lucas contrasts our complacency and delusion with Russia's ruthless ingenuity. Mail on Sunday Putin [and] his friends ... are gangsters on a scale that makes Al Capone or the Corleones seem small-time ... Lucas is right to castigate our folly in treating all this so lightly. Max Hastings, Sunday Times Well-researched, engaging, and eerie. Publishers' Weekly This important book is a sequel to the author's last indictment of the Putin regime, The New Cold War, which came out four years ago. Deception is, if anything, even more devastating. Standpoint Urgent and heartfelt. The Times


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 832 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 385 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 1408802848
  • Verlag: Bloomsbury Publishing (1. März 2012)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00746TV4O
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Edward Lucas ist Leitender Redakteur des »Economist«. Er berichtet seit über dreißig Jahren aus und über Zentral- und Osteuropa. Lucas ist der Autor von »Der Kalte Krieg des Kreml« und von »Deception«, eines Berichts über Putins üble Machenschaften, und bestreitet regelmäßig Auftritte als internationaler Rundfunksprecher, u.a. für die BBC-Sendungen »Today«, »Start the Week« und »Newsnight«.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen must read for people interested in the Baltic states 20. Mai 2012
Von John - Veröffentlicht auf
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People who follow events in the Baltic states in English have a great source in Edward Lucas.

His articles in The Economist, where he is a senior editor, have long provided a view of the Baltics and Russia that is closer to reality than the whitewashed articles in other publications. The view would be closer still if Lucas didn't fear baseless "libel" lawsuits in the UK and elsewhere.

I enjoyed the insight Lucas put forth in "The New Cold War" in 2008 and was therefore happy to hear that he published this new book, "Deception," in 2012.

"Deception" starts off with a description of the modern Russian state including detailed explanations of the Anna Chapman and Sergei Magnitsky situations. Lucas provides valuable analysis regarding the mentality of the agents in the Russian security services.

Then, "Deception" provides a historical review of British/American/Russian/German espionage with focus on the years immediately following the 1917 Revolution and World War II. Much of the historical review is about Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia.

Lucas used many primary sources for his research of the current events and historical events discussed in the book.

For me, the most interesting part of the book was about Herman Simm, an Estonian official who was arrested in 2008 for secretly working for Russian intelligence. Lucas gained first-hand information by interviewing Simm in prison. The process by which Simm was recruited, compensated, and operated reveals to Westerners the way in which other officials in Eastern Europe are probably controlled by Russia today.

Lucas' warning throughout is that the West is making a mistake by pretending that everything is okay in democratic Russia. In his words, "the West should start exposing corrupt practices by the Russian establishment, whose ability to find havens for stolen funds and leave Russia for comfortable lives in Western nations is one of the regime's pillars of stability." I fully agree.

John Christmas, whistleblower from Parex Bank of Latvia

Note: "Deception: Spies, Lies and How Russia Dupes the West" is the UK edition and "Deception: The Untold Story of East-West Espionage Today" is the USA edition.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent until page 193. 26. Juli 2012
Von LinguistAbroad - Veröffentlicht auf
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Overall I agree with Mr. Lucas, though I am sure that he - as I - could name many wonderful Russian individuals. As a system, however, I think he is probably quite accurate. I lived in Russia for several years. I agree that it is "xenophobic yet obsessed with the West." I was once on a bus in Moscow during a traffic jam, due to an accident. The babuski on board immediately blamed it on the 'chornies' - dark skinned people. I once was walking down a street when I heard a strange clinking noise. It was a group of about 200-300 skinheads adorned in chains. I know there are skinheads elsewhere in the world but I have never seen so many skinheads randomly walking down a street as if they own the place.

My main beef with this book is that it should have ended at 192 pages. The author sets the stage well, historically, for the discovery and capture of the illegals. Thereafter, the author reverts into a historical treatise on all things Baltic spies. It was basically a completely different book. In fact, Deception should have been developed into 3 books: The first comprising up to and including 192. The second should be the additional historical information and facts about spies in the past as related to the Baltics and the East/West conflict (which he introduces after page 192). The third should be all about the Estonian master spy Mr, Simm (working for the Russians). It just doesn't make sense to force a separate storyline and information into the book after the climax (which was only about half way through).
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Lucas brings espionage to life, without Bond and Bourne 6. September 2012
Von Carolyn Davis - Veröffentlicht auf
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Lucas' DECEPTION is an exciting read. He combines his journalistic experience in Eastern Europe and the USSR with his years of interest and research to bring us a frightening view of intrigue in the Baltic and USSR. I was pleased to read my friend Harry Rositzke's work had been included. The SIS and CIA did not, as many of us had thought, always have an upper hand in clandestine operations. Great Britain and the U.S. lost spies and agents secretly being run by the KGB after WWI and WWII. Lucas points out that what we read in the paper about the apprehension of spies in this country, and recently about the illegals caught in 2010, is not always the full story. Our spymasters deliberately report only what is necessary. This limits exposing information about FBI and CIA technology and methods and the level of probable damage to our country. Lucas includes details of horrendous deaths, details we don't really like to think about, but that happen to agents and our spies who are caught. Horrible deaths, of being put into a flaming furnace, and of unspeakable tortures.

Lucas brings details of operations that misfired, such as Hungary; and of Baltic states' efforts to free themselves from the USSR in 1989 and 1990, just as they had earlier tried to regain independence from the constant German/Nazi and Russian advances across their territory. The Baltic is more important as a fertile ground for gathering information about Eastern Europe, Russia, and former USSR states than I had realized. I am convinced that we must remain alert to what is currently going on in Russia. The espionage of the communist state continues in its new guise today.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great insights into East-West espionage ánd a terrific read 5. Oktober 2012
Von Alexander - Veröffentlicht auf
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For anyone who is curious to get to know more about (post cold war) east-west espionage, this is your book. The author gives an in-depth overview, explaining the development and position of the different intelligence agencies as well as describing in depth analysis of remarkable events, including the recent case of Anna Chapman but also operations most of us never heard about before. The information that you as reader are provided with is well researched and therefore very interesting and shows how the author wanted to do more than writing a book based on exciting espionage stories and clichés.
What actually makes the book such a good book is not only the balanced and well researched information, but also the exciting way how it's written which makes it enjoyable to read while preserving the quality of the content.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Full of original information and insights 31. Juli 2012
Von Richard M. Kuntz - Veröffentlicht auf
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The is the best treatment of the background and handling of the 10 Russian illegals caught in 2010, but it also contains good history of Soviet deception tactics dating back to the post-1917 war with the Whites, and the subsequent Trust, which was a disaster for Western intelligence.
Also demonstrates in detail the ties between post-Soviet Russian intelligence and criminal financial operations.
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