Jerrold L. Schecter

Special Tasks, The Memoirs of An Unwanted Witness --A Soviet Spy Master

"Sudoplatov's account of atomic espionage has drawn the most fire from the intellectual community dispite the fact it is only one of thirteen chapters and by means the most interesting. Sudoplatov's many critics have aleady pointed out several flaws in his story, but many of their objections concern only minor details that scarecly affect the substance of the book's contentions. Furthermore Sudoplatov never claims, as some of his detractors seem ot believe, that there stellar physicists were actual Soviet spies. Indee, he is careful to stress that this was not the case: Oppenheimer and the others were 'best approached as friends, not as agents'. This is more plausible then many would care to admit. Several of the atomic scientists believes they inhabited a different moral universe from that of the rest of mankind; as members of a world community of science, they disdained mere considerations of national interest and security as being beneath them, the concern of lesser mortals. Furthermore, they were understandably sympathetic to the Soviet Union as an ally and victim of Nazi aggression. It was a peculiar mixture of hubris and sympathy for the underdog."
--Steven Merritt Minor, Times Literary Supplement

Selected Works

Nonfiction
Seventy years of hidden Cold War secrets reveal the struggle between the Soviet empire and the United States.
"The most sensational, the most devestating, and in many ways the most informative autobiography ever to emerge from the Stalinist milieu."
--Robert Conquest
How A Soviet Colonel Changed The Course Of The Cold War
History
The remarkable story of the secret letters from Nixon and Ford to the president of South Vietnam, and the American promises that were never kept