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Tower of Secrets: A Real Life Spy Thriller

Sheymov, Victor

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ISBN 10: 1557507643 / ISBN 13: 9781557507648
Published by Naval Institute Press, Annapolic, MD, 1993
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Sewn binding. Paper over boards. xiii, [1, ]420, [4] p. From Wikipedia: "Victor Sheymov is a computer security expert, Russian expert, author, scientist, inventor and patent holder of computer security innovations. As a former intelligence official with the rank of major in the Soviet KGB and a defector to the United States. In 1980, he was a major contributor to the counter-intelligence community of the western nations. Since becoming a US citizen, Sheymov has been active in the computer security industry as the CEO of Invicta Networks, Inc., a Northern Virginia-based developer of advanced cyber-security technologies. Sheymov is the inventor of Variable Cyber Coordinates (VCC) method of communications. This method of communications is advantageous for establishing a high level of cyber security. Sheymov whas been granted numerous patents in the United States, European Union, Australia, Japan, India, Korea, and China. Sheymov has written several books, including Tower of Secrets, a non-fiction book describing the Soviet Communist political system, its repressive apparatus, and technical aspect of intelligence, Sheymov has also authored articles in The Washington Post, Barron's, World Monitor, National Review and other national publications. Prior to immigrating to the United States in 1980, Sheymov had been one of the youngest senior officers in Russian equivalent of the NSA, responsible for coordination of all aspects of the Russian cipher communications security with its outposts abroad. After arrival in the United States he was working for the NSA for a number of years." Very good in very good dust jacket. DJ has slight wear and soiling. Bookseller Inventory # 69471

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Title: Tower of Secrets: A Real Life Spy Thriller

Publisher: Naval Institute Press, Annapolic, MD

Publication Date: 1993

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: First edition. First printing [stated].

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Sheymov, is the real thing. A former KGB officer who had access to the most sensitive Soviet intelligence. He describes in detail his life as a member of the KGB and his defection to the West. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

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The suspenseful, eye-opening memoir of a Soviet spy who came in from the cold. Writing in the third person, Sheymov offers a riveting account of his upwardly mobile career with the KGB and the factors that led him to defect to the West in 1980. In 1969, after graduating with an engineering degreee from Moscow's prestigious Technical University, the author joined a Defense Ministry institute that was researching military uses of space. Recruited by the state's intelligence service in 1971, at age 25, Sheymov eventually became the Eighth Chief Directorate's principal troubleshooter. In this sensitive capacity, he traveled far afield, ensuring the security of enciphered KGB communications throughout the world: During one sojourn, for example, he was able to figure out how the technologically backward Chinese had managed to eavesdrop on the USSR's Beijing embassy. Along the way, the author also learned about his agency's penetration of the Russian Orthodox Church, its role in the plot to assassinate Pope John-Paul II, and its involvement in other unsavory projects. But the higher Sheymov climbed, the more disillusioned he became with Communism and the Kremlin elite's corruption. Resolved to inflict as much damage as he could on the system, the author, while on a Warsaw assignment, evaded his minder and made contact with the CIA. The latter third of the narrative provides a detailed briefing on how Sheymov's knowledge of KGB tradecraft, as well as the professionalism of US operatives, allowed him to slip across two closely guarded borders into Austria with his wife and young daughter. The exfiltration was so skillfully executed that the author's erstwhile masters long believed that he and his family were dead. While the story ends abruptly with Sheymov's escorted arrival in N.Y.C., it seems likely that the information he subsequently furnished American officials hastened the cold war's end. A top-level insider's dramatic, stranger-than-fiction disclosures in the great game of espionage. (Maps and photographs- -not seen) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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