Stock Image

Tower of Secrets: A Real Life Spy Thriller

Sheymov, Victor

54 ratings by Goodreads
ISBN 10: 1557507643 / ISBN 13: 9781557507648
Published by Naval Institute Press
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
Buy Used
Price: US$ 70.00 Convert Currency
Shipping: US$ 4.00 Within U.S.A. Destination, Rates & Speeds
Add to basket

30 Day Return Policy

Offered By

Coastal Books
Jacksonville, FL, U.S.A.

4-star rating

AbeBooks Seller Since October 15, 2012

About this Item

1557507643 First Edition. Signed by author on half title page. DJ has minimal wear. No markings. Binding good. Light foxing to bottom of text block. Bookseller Inventory # SKUJAN120044

Quantity Available: 1

Ask Seller a Question

Bibliographic Details

Title: Tower of Secrets: A Real Life Spy Thriller

Publisher: Naval Institute Press

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good

About this title

Synopsis:

Sheymov had the most sensitive position of any KGB officer ever to defect to the West. Incognito for years, he now describes his life in the KGB, conflict with the system, and reveals how he escaped from the heart of Moscow with his wife and young daughter--a CIA coup that convinced the KGB he was dead. Photos.

From Kirkus Reviews:

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.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Store Description

Seller of books and other media.

Visit Seller's Storefront

Terms of Sale:

We guarantee the condition of every book as it's described on the Abebooks web sites. If you're dissatisfied with your purchase (Incorrect Book/Not as Described/Damaged) or if the order hasn't arrived, you're eligible for a refund within 14 days of the estimated delivery date. If you've changed your mind about a book that you've ordered, please use the Ask bookseller a question link to contact us and we'll respond within 2 business days.


Shipping Terms:

Orders usually ship within 2 business days. Shipping costs are based on books weighing 2.2 LB, or 1 KG. If your book order is heavy or oversized, we may contact you to let you know extra shipping is required. We carefully package our books.

List this Seller's Books

Payment Methods
accepted by seller

Visa Mastercard American Express

Money Order Cash PayPal