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Dangerous Thoughts
Dangerous Thoughts
By Yuri Orlov
Morrow, 1991, 339 pp

Orlov was one dissident of the Brezhnev era, a leader of the Helsinki Watch Group, who became an international cause célèbre without knowing it, since he was in prison or in exile in Siberia. His life story, told frankly and without pretense, is of great interest in depicting the nature of Soviet society in the Stalin and post-Stalin years as well as Orlov's brutal encounters with the KGB, imprisonment, endless interrogations, life in the gulag and eventual expulsion from the country in exchange for a KGB agent held by the United States. A book at once depressing and stimulating.