Richelson tells how the U.S. has collected intelligence on the Soviet Union, often in cooperation with allies-from the early postwar recruiting of Soviet agents to today's near-total reliance on satellites and other technical means that consume the bulk of the $20-billion annual intelligence budget. As with Richelson's other books on intelligence, his ferreting of information from a variety of sources is impressive. Unlike his other books, however, this one provides information, not analysis, and the reader would like him to venture conclusions beyond the suggestion that, in the 1990s, American intelligence ought to concentrate less on Soviet military capabilities, more on that nation's political evolution.
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