Paul W. Blackstock

Blackstock, Paul W. Agents of Deceit: Frauds, Forgeries, and Political Intrigue Among Nations. Chicago: Quadrangle, 1966.

Clark comment: This book is a collection of stories about individual political forgeries, ranging from Peter the Great's Testament to the Cold War. Constantinides gives Blackstock's rejection of the Penkovsky papers high marks (a judgment in itself suspect today, if not in 1983), but finds that his presentation on the Zinoviev Letter "lacks similar analytic quality or evidence."


Blackstock, Paul W. "'Books for Idiots': False Soviet 'Memoirs.'" The Russian Review 25 (Jul. 1966): 285-296. [Petersen]


Blackstock, Paul W. "The Central Intelligence Agency." Twentieth Century 21 (Spring 1966): 5-11.


Blackstock, Paul W. The CIA and the Intelligence Community: Their Roles, Organization, and Functions. St. Charles, MO: Forum Press, 1974. [Petersen]


Blackstock, Paul W. "CIA: A Non-Inside Report." Worldview 9, no. 5 (May 1966): 10-13.


Blackstock, Paul W. "The CIA and the Penkovskiy Affair: 'A New Dis-Service for all Concerned.'" Worldview 9 (Feb. 1966): 11-15. [Petersen]


Blackstock, Paul W. "Counterintelligence and the Constitutional Order." Society 12 (Mar.-Apr. 1975): 8-10. [Petersen]


Blackstock, Paul W. "Covert Military Operations." In Handbook of Military Institutions, ed. Roger W. Little, 455-492. Beverley Hills, CA: Sage Publications, 1971. [Petersen]


Blackstock, Paul W. "The Intelligence Community Under the Nixon Administration." Armed Forces and Society 1 (Feb. 1975): 231-250. [Petersen]


Blackstock, Paul W. The Secret Road to World War II: Soviet versus Western Intelligence 1921-1939. Chicago: Quadrangle, 1969.

The reviewer for Studies 14.1 (Spring 1970) finds that "[t]his book has grave faults." The author is "is insufficently grounded in intelligence, or insufficiently critical, to make discriminating judgments about his sources." He also "artificially equates the USSR and the democratic West in comparing their governments and their intelligence services."

Constantinides advises caution in approaching this book. However, readers "interested in Soviet penetration, manipulation, deception, and violence against Russian emigré organizations and their allies, particularly the Trust, may still find some merit in [Blackstock's] treatment of aspects of these operations." Rocca and Dziak note that, with regard to the Trust, "significantly different interpretations exist" between the author's account and that of Geoffrey Bailey; these "are unresolvable on the basis of existing evidence."

[Russia/Interwar; UK/Interwar/Gen & Trust]

Blackstock, Paul W. The Strategy of Subversion: Manipulating the Politics of Other Nations. Chicago: Quadrangle, 1964. JK468I6B56

According to Pforzheimer, this book covers the "use of subversive techniques to influence the internal affairs of other nations.... In view of the author's biases and the lack of documentation..., the book must be read with caution." Constantinides finds that there is an absence of "meaningful criteria" for evaluating present-day covert operations.


Blackstock, Paul W., and Frank L. Schaf, Jr., eds. Intelligence, Espionage, Counterespionage, and Covert Operations: A Guide to Information Sources. Detroit, MI: Gale Research Company, 1978.

Rocca and Dziak describe this work as an "annotated general intelligence bibliography, organized by subject category." Pforzheimer cautions that "[s]ome of its annotations should be used circumspectly." Constantinides calls the work "the most comprehensive annotated bibliography of its type yet [1983] published." He finds a mixture of both "good judgmental annotations" and "errors on particular works"; a substantial number of the latter are catalogued by Constantinides. For Sexton, this source is "somewhat dated ... but still useful."


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