A Spy in the Archives: A Memoir of Cold War Russia

A Spy in the Archives: A Memoir of Cold War Russia


Moscow within the Sixties was once the opposite aspect of the Iron Curtain: mysterious, unique, even risky. In 1966 the historian Sheila Fitzpatrick traveled to Moscow to investigate within the Soviet files. This used to be the period of Brezhnev, of a potential “thaw” within the chilly struggle, while the Soviets couldn’t come to a decision both to thaw out adequately or re-freeze. Moscow, the realm capital of socialism, was once popular for its drabness. The buses have been overcrowded; there have been endemic shortages and unending queues. This used to be additionally the age of normal spying scandals and tit-for-tat diplomatic expulsions, and it was once no shock that traveling scholars have been topic to severe scrutiny by way of the KGB. a lot of Fitzpatrick’s acquaintances have been serious about espionage activities–and certainly others have been accused of being spies or stored less than shut surveillance. during this booklet, Sheila Fitzpatrick presents a distinct perception into daily life in Soviet Moscow. packed with drama and colourful characters, her impressive memoir highlights the risks and drudgery confronted by means of Westerners residing lower than communism.

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