AND THE SECURITATE: Coercion and Dissent in Romania, 1965-1989, by
English-language study on Ceausescu's Securitate. British journalist
and professor Dennis Deletant has written several academic works about
Rumania, and is married to a Rumanian woman. His book also relates
his difficulties getting her emigration approved by the Communist government.
CLOAK OR DAGGER: The Truth About the New Espionage, by Miles Copeland
published in 1974, it's still the best book on humtel (i.e., human intelligence). Covers everything: recruitment, training, case officers, desk officers,
security officers, cutouts, analysts, the difference between intelligence
officers and spies, dummy corporations, front organizations, the use of
journalists and academics, difference between intelligence and espionage
(and counter-intelligence and counter-espionage), the difference
between intelligence gathering and law enforcement (and why their goals
often conflict), organizational structures of intelligence agencies, career
path of a typical CIA employee, brief history of the OSS and CIA. If you want to know what spying IS, and HOW it works, this book is a great
HORIZONS: The True Story Of Nicholae & Elena Ceausescus' Crimes, Lifestyle,
and Corruption, by Lt. Gen. Ion Mihai
Pacepa, Former Head Of Romanian Intelligence.
Mihai Pacepa was head of Rumanian intelligence. He defected in 1978
-- the highest-ranking defector during the Cold War. He provides
high-level insider's look at the Ceausescu regime. Covers Ceausescu's
(and his own) relations with organized crime, terrorists, drug runners,
Arafat, Tito, spies, and high-tech smuggling.
NATION, by Thomas M. Sipos
satirical novel of Ceausescu's Romania. A young American visits Bucharest
in 1986 and discovers that Communism is vampirism. Part spy thriller,
political satire, black comedy, and horror novel. Nominated for the Libertarian
Futurist Society's Prometheus Award.
The Unrepentant Tyrant, A&E Biography
you want to learn about Ceausescu, but don't have time for heavy reading,
this A&E Biography DVD is a painless introduction. 50 minutes long, and not expensive.
BLACK BOOK OF COMMUNISM: Crimes, Terror, Repression, by Stéphane
Courtois, Nicolas Werth, Jean-Louis Panné, Andrzej Paczkowski, Karel
Bartosek, Jean-Louis Margolin.
by Harvard University Press. Documents the 20th century's Communist
body count at 85-100 million killed worldwide. Covers Communist atrocities
in Asia, Eastern Europe, Africa, Latin America. Demonstrates that
(1) Communism was a unified worldwide movement, and not disparate national
liberation movements, and (2) that totalitarianism, repression, and mass
murder are rooted in Communist ideology, and not aberrations from "true
The Reagan Administration's Secret Strategy That Hastened The Collapse
of the Soviet Union, by Peter Schweizer.
"why we won" the Cold War. It was President Reagan's strategy to
outspend and outmaneuver the East Bloc nations (e.g., he induced Saudi
Arabia to increase oil production, thus driving down the price of Soviet
and Rumanian crude, further aggravating their economic woes). Had
Bush or Carter won the Presidency in 1980, Communists would likely still
Eastern Europe. Yes, their economies would be shaky today, but their
economies had always been shaky. It was the West that propped
them up for over six decades. Reagan stopped that, which is why many
streets in Eastern Europe are today named after him. Extensively
researched, and confirmed by declassified Soviet Politburo documents.
POLITICS OF DUPLICITY: Controlling Reproduction in Ceausescu's Romania,
by Gail Kligman.
"one child" policy mandates abortions; Ceausescu enforced an abortion
ban by stationing Securitate officers in delivery rooms --
not from concern
for the unborn, but because he wanted an expanding population of ethnic
Rumanians. The result was a surfeit of sick abandoned orphans. A popular rumor (unconfirmed by Kligman) was that these orphans, embittered
and without family ties, made excellent Securitate recruits.
AND REDS: An American Ambassador Caught Between the State Department and
Romanian Communists, 1981-1985, by David B. Funderburk.
appointed the author to serve as US Ambassador to Ceausescu's Rumania. His book provides insight into the Senate confirmation process. As
a "political appointee" rather than a State Dept. careerist, he received
pressure from both ends -- hence his subtitle.
TO FREEDOM, by Nicholas Dima.
prison diary, this is the autobiography of a young man imprisoned in Rumania
in the 1950s for trying to escape the country. Provides a vivid portrait
of life in a Communist prison (both literal and the nation itself). He eventually did escape Rumania, then returned (with a Western passport)
during the Ceausescu era, and reports his observations.
THE HAND YOU CANNOT BITE: The Rise And Fall Of The Ceausescus, by Edward
in 1991. Much information on Ceausescu's early years (how he became
what he was) and the best accounting I've read yet of his last days &
before his capture and execution.
The Ceausescus and the Romanian Revolution, by George Galloway and
paperback published in 1991. Original research, crisp writing, balanced
reporting. Includes post '89 revolution interviews and photos with Ceausescu children
Nicu, Valentin, and Zoia. Nicu, speaking from prison, says Pacepa's Red
Horizons is "Lies, lies, and not even good lies!"
a country study, edited by Ronald D. Bachman
released in 1989 by the Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress
under their Country Studies: Area Handbook Program. A dry read. Rumanian military ranks & insignias are illustrated on pages 284 &
285. The Second Edition, 1991, still has the 1989 ranks & insignias
(i.e., from the Ceausescu regime).
WAR: A Startling Exposé of his Crimes Against the Russian People,
by Nikolai Tolstoy.
is descended from Leo Tolstoy (of War
And Peace fame). Contains shocking accounts of Stalin's brutality. Published in 1981, now out of print. Recently released Soviet archives
prove the truth was even more shocking that detailed in this book.
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