Spies and Commissars: The Early Years of the Russian Revolution

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Spies and Commissars: The Early Years of the Russian Revolution Book Cover Spies and Commissars: The Early Years of the Russian Revolution
Robert Service
Diplomatic History
PublicAffairs
2012
Hardcover
480

While decent enough, this book should have been titled "Diplomats and Trade Ministers" rather than "Spies and Commissars", because that is the main topic of the book. In fact, this book contains very little specific information about the activies of spies or commissars, and certainly no tales of derring-do. The book has interesting sections about the personal relationships between some of the Westerners who come to Soviet Russia for one reason or another and the Bolshevik leadership, but much of it is about various trade missions, political activities in Western countries, etc. As long as you aren't expecting to actually read about Spies and Commissars, not a bad book, although it is more dull than its title would imply.

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