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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (425 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Christopher Andrew, Vasili Mitrokhin Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Based on unprecedented access to a secret archive of intelligence, The Sword and the Shield presents by far the most complete picture we have ever had of the KGB and its operations in the United States and Europe, revealing for the first time the full extent of its worldwide network.

Vasili Mitrokhin worked for almost thirty years in the foreign intelligence archives of the KGB. Mitrokhin spent over a decade making notes and transcripts of these highly classified files which, at enormous personal risk, he smuggled daily out of the archives and kept beneath his dacha floor. Now he has offered Christopher Andrew exclusive access to his archive. The picture that emerges in this sobering book will force us to acknowledge that there was indeed an enemy—and that he was very much in our midst.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A sweeping, densely documented history…Thanks to Comrade Mitrokhin, the KGB and most who spied for it have been stripped naked.” 

    New York Times Book Review

  • The Sword and the Shield will stand as an indispensable reference work on Soviet espionage for years to come.”

    Washington Post

  • “Stranger than fiction…Aficionados of espionage will be rummaging through this enormously detailed book for years.”

    New Republic

  • “The information contained in these notes is amazing…Veteran reader Whitfield’s reading is a nice match of text and narrator…His even-tempered voice steadily moves from one revelation to the next.”


Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Pat | 2/18/2014

    " Dense material. Tried a couple of times but kept losing interest. Finally listened to book on tape. Probably better as a resource than as something to read all the way through. A bit too encyclopedic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Raymond | 2/15/2014

    " I majored in Soviet studies and traveled extensivly in the USSR and the satellite countries. The mysteries were endless and now we can finally figure out the answers to questions that have remained since 1917. The KGB and the history of the USSR are open for all to see and this book is perhaps the most significant book on the Soviet Union since "Let History Judge." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by April | 2/11/2014

    " Fantastic Book! The only thing that keeps it from 5 stars is that it is not the easiest book to read. It packs so much information about so many people that its easy to lose track. The writing is difficult but the feat that one man accomplished to get all this information out of the country is worth at least an attempted read and it took me a while to finish. However, this is the most in depth and educational book I've ever read about the KGB and inner workings of their organization with spies and other countries. It is one of my favorites. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Amy | 1/27/2014

    " The real-life stories behind spies and espionage throughout the USSR's long, long history. A surprisingly fascinating 600-page romp drawing mostly on one source: an archive of the KGB's most secret files, painstakingly assembled over a 12-year period by a secret dissident KGB archivist and only smuggled out of Russia in 1992. It's really cool to think that hardly any of this information ever would have come to light without the courageous daily work of Mitrokhin, who hand-copied thousands of pages of KGB top-secret reports and hid them under his house and in his attic for years. "

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