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Format: Hardcover Country: Russia
Publication Year: 2016 Genre: Crime & Thriller
Language: English Type: Academic History
Modified Item: No Title: The Man With the Poison Gun
Country/Region of Manufacture: United Kingdom Subjects: History & Military
Topic: 20th Century, Russian assassin Publisher: Oneworld
Region: Europe Age Level: Adults
Year: 2016 Era: 20th Century
Subject: Mystery, Thriller Special Attributes: 1st Edition, Dust Jacket
ISBN:

9780465035908

THE MAN WITH THE POISON GUN Serhii Plokhy U.K.1st Ed First Edition Russian spy

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In the fall of 1961, KGB assassin Bogdan Stashinsky defected to West Germany. After spilling his secrets to the CIA, Stashinsky was put on trial in what would be the most publicized assassination case of the entire Cold War. The publicity stirred up by the Stashinsky case forced the KGB to change its modus operandi abroad and helped end the career of Aleksandr Shelepin, one of the most ambitious and dangerous Soviet leaders. Stashinsky’s testimony, implicating the Kremlin rulers in political assassinations carried out abroad, shook the world of international politics. Stashinsky’s story would inspire films, plays, and books,including Ian Fleming’s last James Bond novel, The Man with the Golden Gun. A thrilling tale of Soviet spy craft, complete with exploding parcels, elabourately staged coverups, double agents, and double crosses, The Man with the Poison Gun offers unparalleled insight into the shadowy world of Cold War espionage.

Product Identifiers
Publisher Basic Books
ISBN-10 0465035906
ISBN-13 9780465035908
eBay Product ID (ePID) 221541719

Product Key Features
Format Hardcover
Publication Year 2016
Language English

Dimensions
Weight 21.8 Oz
Width 9.5in.
Height 1.2in.
Length 6.4in.

Additional Product Features
Dewey Edition 23
Illustrated Yes
Dewey Decimal 327.1247009045
Target Audience Trade
Copyright Date 2016
Author Serhii Plokhy
Number of Pages 384 Pages
Lc Classification Number Dk266.3.P463 2016
Reviews Library Journal “Extensively researched and well documented, this fascinating true story will appeal to readers of spy fiction and nonfiction and Eastern European and Cold War history.” Publishers Weekly “[Plokhy’s] gripping, well-researched account of Stashinsky’s life illuminates a pivotal juncture of the Cold War.” Kirkus Reviews “With gusto and verve, Plokhy details Stashinsky’s intelligence work…. A thrilling, well-researched tale of espionage that has all the spycraft hallmarks of a blockbuster movie.” Peter Finn, co-author of The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle Over a Forbidden Book “A gripping portrait of an assassin and his journey from recruitment to mission to defection, The Man with the Poison Gun exhumes one of the Cold War’s stranger episodes–the KGB’s murder of Ukrainian _migr_s with a spray gun that squirted poison. Author Serhii Plokhy tells an evocative and informative tale, based on original archival research, that immerses us in the tradecraft of Soviet spies operating in Western Europe.”, Library Journal “Extensively researched and well documented, this fascinating true story will appeal to readers of spy fiction and nonfiction and Eastern European and Cold War history.” Publishers Weekly “[Plokhy’s] gripping, well-researched account of Stashinsky’s life illuminates a pivotal juncture of the Cold War.” Kirkus Reviews “With gusto and verve, Plokhy details Stashinsky’s intelligence work…. A thrilling, well-researched tale of espionage that has all the spycraft hallmarks of a blockbuster movie.” Peter Finn, co-author of The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle Over a Forbidden Book “A gripping portrait of an assassin and his journey from recruitment to mission to defection, The Man with the Poison Gun exhumes one of the Cold War’s stranger episodes–the KGB’s murder of Ukrainian migrs with a spray gun that squirted poison. Author Serhii Plokhy tells an evocative and informative tale, based on original archival research, that immerses us in the tradecraft of Soviet spies operating in Western Europe.”, “A gripping portrait of an assassin and his journey from recruitment to mission to defection, The Man with the Poison Gun exhumes one of the Cold War’s stranger episodes–the KGB’s murder of Ukrainian émigrés with a spray gun that squirted poison. Author Serhii Plokhy tells an evocative and informative tale, based on original archival research, that immerses us in the tradecraft of Soviet spies operating in Western Europe.” –Peter Finn, co-author of The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle Over a Forbidden Book “Serhii Plokhy, one of the most brilliant historians of our era, has retraced the steps of a murderer and this gripping book is the result. The Man with the Poison Gun will appeal equally to students of history and lovers of spy thrillers.” –Mary Elise Sarotte, author of The Collapse: The Accidental Opening of the Berlin Wall ” The Man with the Poison Gun is the classic old-school Cold War spy tale. It’s all here–the trench coats, the cigarette smoke, the high stakes, the special weapons–deeply documented and smoothly told by Professor Plokhy. In the literature on 20th-century espionage, this book belongs on the top shelf.” –Mark Riebling, author of Church of Spies “This book often reads like an Ian Fleming spy novel, but it is actually about real events that occurred during the tensest phase of the Cold War in the late 1950s and early 1960s. 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. Plokhy’s meticulously researched book sheds valuable light on the Soviet regime’s continued use of political assassinations in foreign countries long after the death of Joseph Stalin. A wonderful read for scholars and spy novel fans alike.” –Mark Kramer, Director of Cold War Studies, Harvard University, Kirkus Reviews “With gusto and verve, Plokhy details Stashinsky’s intelligence work… A thrilling, well-researched tale of espionage that has all the spycraft hallmarks of a blockbuster movie.” Peter Finn, co-author of The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle Over a Forbidden Book “A gripping portrait of an assassin and his journey from recruitment to mission to defection, The Man with the Poison Gun exhumes one of the Cold War’s stranger episodes–the KGB’s murder of Ukrainian migrs with a spray gun that squirted poison. Author Serhii Plokhy tells an evocative and informative tale, based on original archival research, that immerses us in the tradecraft of Soviet spies operating in Western Europe.” Mary Elise Sarotte, author of The Collapse: The Accidental Opening of the Berlin Wall “Serhii Plokhy, one of the most brilliant historians of our era, has retraced the steps of a murderer and this gripping book is the result. The Man with the Poison Gun will appeal equally to students of history and lovers of spy thrillers.” Mark Riebling, author of Church of Spies ” The Man with the Poison Gun is the classic old-school Cold War spy tale. It’s all here–the trench coats, the cigarette smoke, the high stakes, the special weapons–deeply documented and smoothly told by Professor Plokhy. In the literature on 20th-century espionage, this book belongs on the top shelf.” Mark Kramer, Director of Cold War Studies, Harvard University “This book often reads like an Ian Fleming spy novel, but it is actually about real events that occurred during the tensest phase of the Cold War in the late 1950s and early 1960s. 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. Plokhy’s meticulously researched book sheds valuable light on the Soviet regime’s continued use of political assassinations in foreign countries long after the death of Joseph Stalin. A wonderful read for scholars and spy novel fans alike.”, Kirkus Reviews “With gusto and verve, Plokhy details Stashinsky’s intelligence work… A thrilling, well-researched tale of espionage that has all the spycraft hallmarks of a blockbuster movie.” Peter Finn, co-author of The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle Over a Forbidden Book “A gripping portrait of an assassin and his journey from recruitment to mission to defection, The Man with the Poison Gun exhumes one of the Cold War’s stranger episodes–the KGB’s murder of Ukrainian émigrés with a spray gun that squirted poison. Author Serhii Plokhy tells an evocative and informative tale, based on original archival research, that immerses us in the tradecraft of Soviet spies operating in Western Europe.” Mary Elise Sarotte, author of The Collapse: The Accidental Opening of the Berlin Wall “Serhii Plokhy, one of the most brilliant historians of our era, has retraced the steps of a murderer and this gripping book is the result. The Man with the Poison Gun will appeal equally to students of history and lovers of spy thrillers.” Mark Riebling, author of Church of Spies ” The Man with the Poison Gun is the classic old-school Cold War spy tale. It’s all here–the trench coats, the cigarette smoke, the high stakes, the special weapons–deeply documented and smoothly told by Professor Plokhy. In the literature on 20th-century espionage, this book belongs on the top shelf.” Mark Kramer, Director of Cold War Studies, Harvard University “This book often reads like an Ian Fleming spy novel, but it is actually about real events that occurred during the tensest phase of the Cold War in the late 1950s and early 1960s. 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. Plokhy’s meticulously researched book sheds valuable light on the Soviet regime’s continued use of political assassinations in foreign countries long after the death of Joseph Stalin. A wonderful read for scholars and spy novel fans alike.”, Library Journal “Extensively researched and well documented, this fascinating true story will appeal to readers of spy fiction and nonfiction and Eastern European and Cold War history.” Publishers Weekly “[Plokhy’s] gripping, well-researched account of Stashinsky’s life illuminates a pivotal juncture of the Cold War.” Kirkus Reviews “With gusto and verve, Plokhy details Stashinsky’s intelligence work…. A thrilling, well-researched tale of espionage that has all the spycraft hallmarks of a blockbuster movie.” Peter Finn, co-author of The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle Over a Forbidden Book “A gripping portrait of an assassin and his journey from recruitment to mission to defection, The Man with the Poison Gun exhumes one of the Cold War’s stranger episodes–the KGB’s murder of Ukrainian �migr�s with a spray gun that squirted poison. Author Serhii Plokhy tells an evocative and informative tale, based on original archival research, that immerses us in the tradecraft of Soviet spies operating in Western Europe.”, “A gripping portrait of an assassin and his journey from recruitment to mission to defection, The Man with the Poison Gun exhumes one of the Cold War’s stranger episodes–the KGB’s murder of Ukrainian émigrés with a spray gun that squirted poison. Author Serhii Plokhy tells an evocative and informative tale, based on original archival research, that immerses us in the tradecraft of Soviet spies operating in Western Europe.” –Peter Finn, co-author of The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle Over a Forbidden Book “Serhii Plokhy, one of the most brilliant historians of our era, has retraced the steps of a murderer and this gripping book is the result. The Man with the Poison Gun will appeal equally to students of history and lovers of spy thrillers.” –Mary Elise Sarotte, author of The Collapse: The Accidental Opening of the Berlin Wall ” The Man with the Poison Gun is the classic old-school Cold War spy tale. It’s all here–the trench coats, the cigarette smoke, the high stakes, the special weapons–deeply documented and smoothly told by Professor Plokhy. In the literature on 20th-century espionage, this book belongs on the top shelf.” –Mark Riebling, author of Church of Spies
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