9780300119817

What Stalin Knew : The Enigma of Barbarossa

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  • ISBN13:

    9780300119817

  • ISBN10:

    030011981X

  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 2006-12-01
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
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Summary

This extensively researched book illuminates many of the enigmas that have surrounded the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union, offering keen insights into Stalin's thinking and the reasons for his catastrophic blunder. "If, after the war, the Soviet Union had somehow been capable of producing an official inquiry into the catastrophe of 6/22comparable in its mandate to the 9/11 commission hereits report might have read a little like [this book]. . . . Murphy brings to his subject both knowledge of Russian history and an insider's grasp of how intelligence is gathered, analyzed and usedor not."Niall Ferguson, New York Times Book Review "A fascinating and meticulously researched account of mistaken assumptions and errors of judgment that culminated in Hitler's invasion of Russia in June 1941. Never before has this fateful period been so fully documented."Henry A. Kissinger

Author Biography

David E. Murphy, now retired, was chief of CIA’s Berlin base from the early 1950s to 1961 and then became chief of Soviet operations at CIA headquarters in the U.S. He is coauthor of Battleground Berlin: CIA vs. KGB in the Cold War, also published by Yale University Press.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Sources xi
Introduction: Stalin's Absolute Control, Misconceptions, and Disastrous Decisions xv
Abbreviations and Acronyms xxi
Stalin versus Hitler: Background
1(6)
The Outspoken General: Ivan Iosifovich Proskurov
7(7)
Proskurov Sets Stalin Straight
14(15)
Soviet Borders Move Westward
29(18)
The Finns Fight: Proskurov Made a Scapegoat
47(15)
Soviet Military Intelligence Residencies in Western Europe
62(9)
Soviet Military Intelligence Residencies in Eastern Europe
71(13)
Who Were You, Dr. Sorge? Stalin Never Heard of You.
84(7)
NKVD Foreign Intelligence
91(6)
Fitin's Recruited Spies
97(11)
Listening to the Enemy
108(9)
Working on the Railroad
117(7)
The Border Troops Knew
124(13)
Proskurov Is Fired
137(8)
Golikov and Operation Sea Lion
145(17)
``We Do Not Fire on German Aircraft in Peacetime''
162(11)
German Deception: Why Did Stalin Believe It?
173(12)
Secret Letters
185(7)
The Purges Revived
192(12)
On the Eve
204(12)
A Summer of Torture
216(16)
The Final Reckoning
232(13)
Conclusion: Will the Future Be a Repeat of the Past? 245(8)
Appendix 1: Organization and Functions of Soviet Military Intelligence 253(3)
Appendix 2: Hitler's Letters to Stalin 256(3)
Appendix 3: Those Executed without Trial on October 28, 1941 259(2)
Appendix 4: Chronology of Agent Reporting 261(3)
Glossary of Spies and Their Masters 264(11)
Notes 275(26)
Index 301

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