Andrew LongApr 11, 2023
Secrets of the Cold War
Espionage and Intelligence Operations - From Both Sides of the Iron Curtain
Pen and Sword History 2022
The Cold War was a major geopolitical contest between the United States and the Soviet Union over predominance over the entire world. Unlike the previous two world wars, the two superpowers could not afford to go directly to war with one another due to the reality of nuclear weapons. As a result, the covert work of spies and secret agents proved to be the main battlefield where the two superpowers would contest each other. Not surprisingly, this period also witnessed the rise of enduring staples of spy fiction - most famously Ian Fleming's fictional spy character James Bond.
However, as the common saying goes, the truth is often more fascinating than fiction. Many of the true stories of covert operations and spies are covered in Andrew Long's Secrets of the Cold War: Espionage and Intelligence Operations - From Both Sides of the Iron Curtain (Pen and Sword History, 2022).
Andrew Long is a British military history researcher and author. His fascination with the Cold War began with a trip to West Berlin in 1986, traveling through Checkpoint Charlie to visit the East. Andrew’s writing comes from a desire to make sense of an extremely complex period in modern history, weaving together inter-relating stories involving politics, ideologies, personalities, technological advances, and geography. There is still much to be told on this fascinating subject. After a successful career in marketing, Andrew relocated to Cornwall and took up writing full time.
is an independent scholar whose research areas are related to
Civilizational Analysis, Social Complexity, Big History, Historical
Sociology, military history, War studies, International Relations,
Geopolitics, as well as Russian and East European history.