Battleground Berlin : CIA vs. KGB in the Cold War /
David E. Murphy, Sergei A. Kondrashev, and George Bailey.
New Haven, Conn. : Yale University Press, 1997.
xxv, 530 p., [8] p. of plates : ill.
0300072333 (alk. paper)
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New Haven, Conn. : Yale University Press, 1997.
0300072333 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 1997-07-21:
During the period covered by this book, essentially 1948-1961, Berlin was the cockpit of Europe, if not the world. The two principal authors should know, they were there‘Murphy as Chief of CIA's Berlin Operations Base (BOB), and Lieutenant General Konpdrashev as KGB Chief of the German Section. Bailey, who collaborated on the translation and writing, was the former director of Radio Liberty. The authors concentrate on the era before the Berlin Wall distanced BOB from the East, an era of provocations and reprisals that could easily have triggered a worldwide conflagration. The confrontations of East and West at this time were ominous. A CIA report indicated "The Soviet Union intends... to make the Western position in West Berlin so tenuous that the West will see no alternative but to withdraw." At the time, the U.S. had only token military forces in the city, the under-strength 118th Infantry Regiment, some unarmed Signal Corps detachments and a few companies of MPs. But the U.S. held its own, largely through superior information. New and important access to recently declassified files along with the authors' own knowledge make this a crucial addition to filling an important gap in our understanding of the Cold War. The book is not only authoritative, it is also well written and possesses the qualities of a very engaging espionage novel‘plots, subplots and myriad, often dubious, characters. Appendices give more in-depth source material on double agents, the Berlin Tunnel, Soviet illegals like Yevgeny Runge, aka "Max," and more. Illustrations not seen by PW. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Appeared in Choice on 1998-01:
This history book could not have been written ten years ago. In a unique example of informal Russian-American cooperation, the authors have provided an account of the intelligence of both nations in the very center of Cold War tensions. Murphy served as chief of the CIA's Berlin base, responsible for operations focused on the Soviet bloc; Bailey directed Radio Liberty, which beamed broadcasts behind the Iron Curtain; Kondrashev, a retired lieutenant general in the KGB, headed its German department. Sources include the archives of the US and the former USSR; interviews with figures on both sides of the conflict; and personal recollections based on the authors' own experience. One is not surprised to learn that Soviet spies tailored their reports to fit the personal predilections of Stalin, in the process endangering the security of their own country and creating global tensions as well. More startling is Soviet ignorance at the time of the 1948 Berlin airlift and the 1953 East Berlin uprising; the surprisingly dovish attitudes of NKVD chief Lavrenty Beria; and a tunnel to the Soviet zone built in 1955. One only wished the writing style matched the significance of the authors' findings. J. D. Doenecke; University of South Florida
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This book is the definitive insiders' account of the espionage warfare in Berlin from 1945 to the construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961. In an unprecedented collaboration, CIA & KGB intelligence veterans reveal previously untold stories of the Berlin tunnel, critical moments of the Berlin crisis, clandestine initiatives, betrayals, & defections to provide the first comprehensive & accurate history of the Cold War battles waged in Berlin.
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"Battleground Berlin" covers the era of the Cold War, focusing on activities in Berlin between the CIA and the KGB from 1945 to the construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961. 20 illustrations.
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This book is the definitive insiders' account of the espionage warfare in Berlin from 1945 to the construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961.
Bowker Data Service Summary
This book, an operational and organisational history of the world's 2 most important secret service organisations during a critical time, unveils the vital connection between intelligence gathering and political decision-making at the highest level.
Table of Contents
Key Players
List of Abbreviations
Behind the Lines in the Cold War
CIA's Berlin Base: A Question of Knowledgep. 3
KGB Karlshorst: How It All Beganp. 24
The Berlin Blockade Challenges Western Ingenuity and Perseverancep. 51
The Korean War: Pretext or Premise for Rearming West Germany?p. 79
Cold Warriors in Berlin: A New Era in CIA Operationsp. 103
East German State Security and Intelligence Services Are Bornp. 129
Stalin Offers Peace, but the Cold War Continuesp. 142
Soviet Intelligence Falters After Stalin's Death: New Revelations About Beria's Rolep. 151
The Events of June 1953p. 163
The Mysterious Case of Otto Johnp. 183
The Berlin Tunnel: Fact and Fictionp. 205
Redcap Operationsp. 238
BOB Concentrates on Karlshorstp. 255
The Illegals Game: KGB vs. GRUp. 267
KGB and MfS: Partners or Competitors?p. 285
Khrushchev's Ultimatump. 305
BOB Counters the Soviet Propaganda Campaignp. 317
Bluffs, Threats, and Counterpressuresp. 327
Facing the Inevitablep. 343
Countdown to the Wallp. 363
The Berlin Wall: Winners and Losersp. 378
Epiloguep. 396
More Detail from CIA and KGB Archives
The Merger of KPD and SPD: Origins of SEDp. 399
Double Agents, Double Troublep. 408
The Mysterious Case of Leonid Malinin, a.k.a. Georgievp. 411
MGB at Work in East Germanyp. 415
Was It Worth It? What the Berlin Tunnel Producedp. 423
BOB's Attempts to Protect Karlshorst Sources Backfirep. 429
KGB Illegals in Karlshorst: The Third Departmentp. 440
Soviet Active Measures: A Brief Overviewp. 447
Operation Gold (SIS document obtained by George Blake)p. 449
Notesp. 455
Indexp. 513
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