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The highest-ranking Soviet bloc intelligence official ever to defect to the West, Lt. Gen. Ion Mihai Pacepa is at it again. A quarter century ago, in his international bestseller Red Horizons, Pacepa exposed the massive crimes and corruption of his former boss, Romanian President Nicolae Ceausescu, giving the dictator a nervous breakdown and inspiring him to send assassination squads to the U.S. to find his former spy chief and kill him. They failed. On Christmas Day 1989, Ceausescu was executed by his own people at the end of a trial whose accusations came almost word-for-word out of Red Horizons.

Today, still living undercover in the United States, the man credited by the CIA as the only person in the Western world who single-handedly demolished an entire enemy espionage service - the one he himself managed - takes aim at an even bigger target: the exotic, widely misunderstood but still astonishingly influential realm of the Russian-born "science" of disinformation. Indeed, within this audiobook, Pacepa, along with his co-author, historian and law professor Ronald Rychlak, expose some of the most consequential yet largely unknown disinformation campaigns of our lifetime.

©2013 Ion Mihai Pacepa and Ronald J. Rychlak (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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Brilliant insight

Excellent book about Soviet strategies during the cold war by Mihai Pacepa a real insight into the workings of Communism.

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A unique read!

It has been incredible to listen to a former spy chief revealing secrets of trade.

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  • Cookie
  • 16-04-14

Open your eyes!

I have read/listened to approx. 35 nonfiction (and almost the same in fiction) books on WW2 and it's aftermath, and the opinion of the Pope's behavior during the war is almost never favorable. Imagine my surprise to find out what might have been going on behind the scenes. Only one of the examples of disinformation. Brought up to the present day the examples pile up. In the US we are so naïve in our own lives, we can't imagine paranoia on the scale of the soviet block, its a wonder that we are still here. Can you imagine what your friends would say if you tried to point out that this news story or that is a Russian conspiracy? Be vigilant, but not paranoid (McCarthy may have been right, but his behavior and his misuse of power was wrong). This book will change the way you think about our history. Google the author for more interesting information.
PS, never confuse crazy governments with the incredible citizens who are forced to live under them. When you meet them, remember what kind of world they live(d) in. Call the police and you may be calling the criminals themselves, imagine having not recourse to justice anywhere.

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  • David
  • 04-03-14

Politics & history will never look the same again

Eye opening. Revelatory. Explanatory. Disturbing. Transformational.

The Russian's "Science of Disinformation" has had a horrible impact on modern history and is still in use today by Russian and American politicians alike. Chapters 41 and 42 talk about modern politicians' use of Disinformation, such as Obama and Pelosi.

You will never see historical and current events the same way again.

Once you know it's a game, you can no longer be a participant.

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  • Elisabeth D
  • 23-04-14

BEST BOOK!

If you could sum up Disinformation in three words, what would they be?

intriguing, fascinating, educational

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

the narrator was excellent - i liked the way he read me the story & i loved his different accents! so well written...so well told....a must read for every american because almost everything you see and hear is DISINFORMATION. it's one of the most eye opening books written+++++

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

now i watch the news from the prism of "IS THIS DISINFORMATION"?!! and most of the time it absolutely is.

Any additional comments?

just an excellent audiobook that i wish everyone would get :)

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  • Oak
  • 21-07-16

The word WOW doesn't begin to do this justice

This has to be the most enlightening book I've ever listened to in terms of understanding reality and the things the Communists have done over the years to warp the truth to deceive the world. I am so glad the author escaped, defected, and wrote this story.

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  • Forest Alan Lee
  • 28-04-15

It all makes sense now

More detailed info than I ever expected! Now the challenge is to convey it to others. We are all being led down a path that I, for one, don't want to go. Excellent read.

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  • Nikhil
  • 17-02-15

A great book. A must listen to all

I found the book to be informative. A must read or I can say must listen. The KGB is really exposed here.

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  • Blake Dahl
  • 26-01-18

This is the Holy Book on Russian Disinformation

Easily one of the best books I've experienced in the last 5 years. being able to read this book after the the 2016 election and in light of the almost esoteric one sided stranglehold on US mainstream media is enlightening. I felt strangely dirty after reading the book, knowing that my own sense of knowledge about my own country and world events has been unduly and falsely influenced by the Russian Disinformation machine. I am shocked that more people aren't up in arms with anger toward Russia. after reading the book I felt as if I had awakened to the truth as did the main character from the movie "The Matrix". what's even more disturbing is knowing that Facebook and Twitter may be actually conspirators to the Russian Disinformation machine. I hope the author produces another book on the topic.

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  • jennifer
  • 22-09-17

awesome book. bombshell revelations

This will be stuff most people, including well-read ones, never knew. It contains many key puzzle pieces for a thorough history of the cold war, of intelligence and counter-intelligence work, and about the workings of communism and propaganda. It even reaches into the very present by exposing the roots of today's Islamic terrorism. Highly recommended.

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  • Vignesh Krishnan
  • 28-05-17

Decent book but repetitive and without substance

Seems the editing could have been a bit better. The book rambles on and does not seem to have a real point to it. The performance of the reader/ voice was quite good though.

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  • Styff
  • 07-02-17

Amazing book

Loved the book. An extremely interesting read that calls into light a lot of the 'facts' that are spread around the world.

The only criticism is around approximately chapter 41, the author goes on a rant about the Democrat party in the US and equates government regulation as one step removed from communistic tyranny and only the pure capitalism of America can lead to anything but despotism. Whilst I appreciate the unique viewpoint of the author, it has been shown again and again that social democracies such as Scandinavia and Australia have better performing economies, social fluidity, life expectancy, personal wealth, higher education and other metrics than the USA which lags behind in. So I find his rabid hatred of socialised democracies misplaced but not unexpected.

A fantastic read. This book is almost mandatory for anyone that considers themselves at least briefly acquainted with politics and modern history.