|About the Book|
As a veteran who was on active duty opposing communism during most of Levchenkos career, I found this a compelling memoir from inside the enemys camp. Everything he describes, from his personal life to his covert life, rings true to all else that Ive read on the subjects. Its a miracle that he refused to drink the koolaid of the political machine in the Soviet Union. Its another miracle that he survived the defection. They must have been/be most anxious to see him dead. I read one review that dismissed this book as the venting of a whiner. Well, dammit, he had a lot to whine about! Only someone brought up in the freedom of a democratic nation could dismiss the description of the soul wrenching oppression suffered by the citizens of totalitarian societies as whining. Levchenko lived in a country where saying the wrong thing to the wrong person could get him killed. No trial, no lawyer, no appeal, no hesitation- just disappeared. Read this book! Its a history lesson. President Putin is proving that just because the Soviets empire has crumbled doesnt mean the Bear is dead.