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"Secrets of the Cold War: US Army Europe's Intelligence and Counterintelligence Activities Against the Soviets During the Cold War" by Leland McCaslin
Reviewed by Oliver Jones, U K Defence Forum Research Associate

Despite some interesting anecdotes depicting life as a member of the US Army's Military Intelligence Corps (or as a member of similar associated organisations i.e. BRIXMIS), the book offers few "secrets" to the reader and fails to create a truly engaging narrative of the activities of military intelligence and counterintelligence during the Cold War period. Nor does the Secrets of the Cold War explore in any detail the true importance of such intelligence work to the US, NATO and its adversaries. An opportunity is missed to truly examine what the contributions of US army counter-intelligence were. Instead a mix of hypotheticals and unconnected anecdotes offers the reader some insights into the life of a practitioner.

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