The Kravchenko Case
. The career of the Soviet defector who exposed the brutalities of Stalin's regime in a best-selling book, I Chose Freedom (1946), and then took his French Communist detractors and their Soviet backers to court, effectively putting the Soviet Union on trial (Paris, 1949). The study, which took more than 15 years to complete, utilizes FBI files on Kravchenko and the Soviet spies attached to him won in a six-year lawsuit. Published in November, 2007 by Enigma Books.

Review by Hayden B. Peake in Studies in Intelligence

Review by Paul Hollander in The New Criterion

Comment Staline a volé la bombe atomique aux Américains: Dossier KGB No. 13676
(Paris: Robert Laffont, 1996). Co-authored with KGB Colonel Vladimir Chikov (French spelling: Tchikov), this book tells "How Stalin Stole the Atomic Bomb From the Americans," referring to "KGB Dossier No. 13676"—the file on American agents Morris and Leontina Cohen. The KGB altered some details to protect its sources, but basically releases its version of how Los Alamos scientist Theodore Hall (here called "Perseus") deliveredthe design of the plutonium bomb to Soviet intelligence in 1945. Published in Berlin by Volk und Welt as Perseus: Spionage in Los Alamos (with "Wladimir Tschikow").

A pro-Communist review in German

A Death in Washington: Walter G. Krivitsky and the Stalin Terror
(New York: Enigma Books, 2003 hardbound & 2004 paperback). An investigation into the shadowy life and exceptionally mysterious death of a major Soviet spy, one of the "Great Illegals."

Walter G. Krivitsky, MI5 Debriefing & Other Documents on Soviet Intelligence. A virtual primer on intelligence, collecting documents generated by Krivitsky after his defection from Soviet Russia, including his testimony to Congress(1939) and his debriefing by British intelligence (1940), both detailing structures and methods still in use today.

8 books translated from Russian, including:

Mikhail Zoshchenko, Before Sunrise (Ann Arbor: Ardis Press, 1974). The famous humorist's search for the roots of his misery. Out of print, but sometimes available from used-book dealers and always available at the library.

Lev Kopelev, The Education of a True Believer (New York: Harper and Row, 1980). The Stalinist youth and moral awakening of a humanist. Kopelev was witness to the horrible 1933 famine in Ukraine, called the Holodomor, and his book is a primary source. Available from used-book dealers.

Anna Larina, This I Cannot Forget: The Memoirs of Nikolai Bukharin's Widow, intro. by Stephen Cohen (New York: Norton, 1993). Used as the basis for the documentary film, "Widow of the Revolution: The Anna Larina Story" (Rosemarie Reed, 1999), this book details Stalin's sadistic persecution of Bukharin and the wretched but ultimately triumphant fate of the victim's wife and son.

2 anthologies:

The Serapion Brothers: A Critical Anthology of Stories and Essays, co-edited with Christopher Collins (Ann Arbor: Ardis Press, 1975). An exciting group of young prose writers in Petrograd at the time of revolution, presented in English translation. Out of print; at the library.

Zamyatin's WE: A Collection of Critical Essays (Ann Arbor: Ardis Press, 1988). Different approaches to Yevgeny Zamyatin's classic anti-utopian novel by a variety of different scholars, plus some stray works by Zamyatin in their first English translation. Out of print; at the library.

A smattering of creative works, including:

The Last Snow Leopard (East Lansing: Ghost Dance Press, 1996). An apocalyptic novel on environmental themes. The best thing I ever wrote, but a bad printing. Here's an excerpt, but wait for a remake of the whole work.

Letters From Dwight (Riverside: Xenos Books, 1998). A series of real letters from a slum in Southern California, written while pursuing women, karate and Russian studies. It's a follow-up to Misfortune (Xenos, 1990).

Five screenplays, 1996-2003: The Mad Kokoschka (UCR performance photos),The Last Snow Leopard, Polygraph, The Mummers, Overstreet and Underwood—all unjustly neglected and unproduced.

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