"Why is a book about SMERSH relevant today? As Mr. Birstein takes pains to point out, 'the present Russian government seems intent on whitewashing Stalin's atrocities and the history of the Soviet security services.'"—The Washington Times
SMERSH is primarily known to readers in English as James Bond's sinister opponent. Yet SMERSH was a real organization and was just as diabolical as its fictional counterpart. Based on Russian documents and memoirs, a critical missing piece of the history of World War II and the Soviet secret services is finally exposed to the light of day.
Vadim J. Birstein, PhD, is a historian, activist, and molecular geneticist. He lives in New York.
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To readers of Ian Fleming's wildly popular James Bond spy thrillers, SMERSH was an omnipotent - and murderous - arm of Soviet intelligence, part of the network later known as the KGB. Fleming introduced SMERSH in his inaugural work, "Casino Royale," published in 1953, and over the years credited ...Feb 28 2012 | Read Full Review of SMERSH: Stalin's Secret Weapo...
In the mean time, I very highly recommend SMERSH to WW2DB visitors, for that it contained a trove of information from Russian-language archives, so much of it barely understood, or not known at all previously, by historians and history enthusiasts outside of the Soviet Union.Jan 01 2013 | Read Full Review of SMERSH: Stalin's Secret Weapo...