To start off the new year on a good foot, I began with closing and old era. If JUMANJI was a real game, then we all would have been sucked back in time as I finally finished the last book I bought while in Bangkok 9 years ago: THE KGB TODAY.
It was a good read, with many stories of clandestine agents – all of whom (spoiler alert) are caught by the enemy (insert chant of “USA! USA! USA!” here), which is why their stories are in such a book.
The best part is that this was published in the early 1980’s, so it is full of the authors fears of The Soviet Union taking over. Lots of American politics and of note from the late seventies, many condemnations of the UN being an asylum for KGB to operate openly within the US, but very little information on how the US discovered the plans – which may remain highly classified even today.
Skip the ending about policy prescriptions for the future, unless you’re doing a polysci report on fears from the 80’s. Spoiler Alert: we won.
One disappointment – I was hoping to catch a glimpse of the name PUTIN within these pages, but was left wanting. I guess that’s why he’s thrived.