Spy in the Russian Club: Spy in the Russian Club

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A look at the espionage of Glenn Michael Souther describes how the Navy man turned his back on his country to become a spy for the KGB, describing his relationships with women, his outrageous public behavior, and more. Reprint.

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In an absurd, trivial abstract, Kessler ( The Richest Man in the World) indicts as a spy Glenn Souther, a U.S. Navy reservist who was granted asylum in the U.S.S.R. in 1986, committed suicide in 1989 and was buried in Moscow. Other than asserting that Souther "had access to all of America's nuclear war plans," Kessler reveals little about his duties, leaving readers to speculate about the availability of secrets to a former photographer's mate first-class in the regular Navy who, during the period considered here, served in the reserve while a college student in Virginia majoring in Russian. Perhaps because the author has limited access to military secrets himself, much of the book gossips about the supposed spy's demonstrable covert activities: his penchant for biting lovers on neck and thigh, his "fooling around under the blanket" with a woman on a plane trip, his cache of lambskin condoms. One Souther caper is so relished by the author that he relates it twice: "He would . . . open his fly, snake his arm into his pants, and shake hands through the opening." Readers will agree with the girlfriend who described Souther as "geeky"--and conclude the same about the book. Photos not seen by PW.
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This book describes the activities of Glenn Souther, a U.S. naval employee who spied for the Soviet Union and subsequently defected there. The work, while sometimes repetitive, is quite readable and well-researched and draws from extensive interviews, particularly of Souther's friends and coworkers. Kessler is knowledgeable about the field of counterintelligence--he previously wrote Moscow Station: How the KGB Penetrated the American Embassy ( LJ 5/15/89)--and he provides helpful technical explanations. Kessler's book is very good, but not more so than numerous other popular histories of spies and spy organizations. Buy for demand. --Richard Weitz, Harvard Univ.
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