Chb - Chh


Chebrikov, Viktor M., et al, eds. Istoriya sovetskikh organov gosudarstvennoi bezopasnosti. (1977) [not accessible 03/24/07].

"This top-secret 639-page history of the Soviet state security organs was completed in 1977 under the auspices of Viktor Chebrikov, the deputy head of the KGB (who later became head of the agency). The book was intended for use in the KGB's special academy for training of senior officers. The book provides a detailed history of the KGB and its predecessor agencies from 1917 through the mid-1970s. The book is still classified top secret in Moscow and is unavailable there. The copy here was obtained in Riga, Latvia in July 1997.... Unlike in Russia, the Latvian government has declassified all documents from the Soviet era, and they are now freely available to researchers."


Cheevers, Jack. Act of War: Lyndon Johnson, North Korea, and the Capture of the Spy Ship Pueblo. New York: NAL Caliber, 2014.


Chen, Chern. "The Intelligence Connection: West Germany and Taiwan in the Cold War." Journal of Intelligence History 8, no. 2 (Winter 2008-2009). []

[Germany/West; OtherCountries/Taiwan]

Ch'en Li-fu. Eds. and comps., Sidney H. Chang and Ramon H. Myers. The Storm Clouds Clear Over China: The Memoir of Ch'en Li-fu, 1900-1993. Stanford, CA: Hoover Institution Press, 1994.

[China/Pre49; OtherCountries/Taiwan]

Cherkashin, Victor, with Gregory Feifer. Spy Handler -- Memoir of a KGB Officer: The True Story of the Man Who Recruited Robert Hanssen & Aldrich Ames. New York: Basic Books, 2004.

Clark comment: The subtitle of this book is (as often happens with subtitles) misleading at best. Cherkashin did not literally "recruit" Ames and Hanssen; they dropped themselves into his lap.

Troy, CIRA Newsletter 30.1 (Spring 2005), says that the author "has written an entertaining book" about "his (relatively brief) involvement with Ames and Hanssen and much more about his career" that spanned 39 years with the KGB. The book is "enjoyable and easy to read." For Bath, NIPQ 21.2 (Jun. 2005), this work "is more than the record of a skilled intelligence officer, it also offers a rare picture of the case officer's day-to-day activities and challenges."

To Usdin, I&NS 21.6 (Dec. 2006), the author "provides little new information about Ames, Hanssen or Pelton." In fact, he "reveals far more about the KGB than about the CIA, FBI or NSA." Ehrman, Studies 49.3 (2005), comments that the author "not only tells a fascinating story but also provides numerous insights -- some of them probably unintended -- into the world of the KGB that make this a rewarding book for specialists and general readers alike." Cherkashin does not "seem bothered by the character of the post-Stalin system he served or of the service in which he worked."

Epstein, Wall Street Journal (30 Dec. 2004), uses the publication of Cherkashin's book to argue that the arrests of Ames and Hanssen prove that "Angleton was right." Cherkashin's story "provides a gripping account of [the KGB's] successes in the spy war.... That America's counterespionage apparatus allowed both [Ames and Hanssen] to operate as long as they did is a testament to its complacency as much as to the KGB's cleverness."

[FBI/00s/Hanssen/Books; Russia/Memoirs; SpyCases/U.S./Ames/Books]

Cherne, Leo. "Need to Know." Journal of Defense and Diplomacy 4 (May 1986): 38-41.

The author was PFIAB Vice Chairman at the time the article was written.


Cherne, Leo. US Intelligence Requirements for the Late 1980s: An Address by Leo Cherne at the Defense Strategy Forum, Washington, D.C., February 18, 1986. Washington, DC: Nathan Hale Institute, 1986. [Petersen]


Chertoff, Michael. Homeland Security: Assessing the First Five Years. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009.

Alden, Washington Post, 18 Oct. 2009, finds that Chertoff's book "is smart, coherent and disciplined, much like the successful reorganization he oversaw at the agency.... [I]t is a collection of essays written for policy journals." Chertoff "focuses almost solely on U.S. vulnerabilities" and "argues for powers even greater than the nearly unlimited ones the government already has to jail and deport illegal immigrants suspected of having terrorist ties." For Aboul-Enein, NIPQ 26.2 (Jun. 2010), this work is "highly recommended," because "it provides a cabinet level view of what the threats are and how to balance this with our own vakues as a nation."


Chester, Eric Thomas. Covert Network: Progressives, the International Rescue Committee, and the CIA. Armonk, NY: Sharpe, 1995.

McGehee (from comments that the "IRC ... was founded in the 1930s by socialist militants.... By the 1950s it had been absorbed into the American foreign policy establishment and participated in an array of clandestine operations.... From Vietnam on, the International Rescue Committee helped refugees around the globe -- Cuba, Afghanistan and Pakistan, the Gulf War, East Europe, and others. The book is well documented. The author concludes and summarizes the dangers of Cold War institutions such as the CIA and corporate pragmatists who inevitably use the clandestine techniques learned overseas to undermine American democracy. An excellent and informative book."

For Gill, Perspectives on Political Science 26.1 (Winter 1997), the author presents the history of the IRC as something other than "a heartwarming story of a refugee relief agency providing humanitarian aid to the victims of wars and disasters…. During its early years [the IRC] was led by Socialists eager to assist their comrades in the antifascist resistance. By World War II the committee was balancing this goal with its obligations as an integral component of the U.S. war efforts. Throughout the Cold War years the transformation continued, until the IRC was fully integrated within the foreign policy establishment as a vital member of the CIA's covert network.”

Namebase believes that this book's "impressive original-source research makes a mockery of any historian who would pretend that these organizations [the International Rescue Committee and the Ford Foundation] can be considered separately from the CIA's influence and agenda, particularly during the Cold War period." See Levenstein's Escape to Freedom (1983) for a different viewpoint.


Chester, Lewis, Stephen Fay, and Hugo Young. The Zinoviev Letter. London: Heinemann, 1967. Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1968.

Constantinides notes that this version of the "alleged forgery of the Zinoviev Letter is based on the evidence of one witness, the widow of one of the White Russians originally accused by the Soviets.... The authors' attempt to make their points and their case is not fully successful or convincing."


Chevrillon, Claire. Tr., Jane Kielty Stott. Code Name Christiane Clouet: A Woman in the French Resistance. College Station, TX: Texas A&M Press, 1995.

According to Kruh, Cryptologia, 20.1, the author served in the Free French Intelligence Service, first, as a code clerk and, later, as head of the Code Service in Paris. She was arrested and imprisoned for four months in Paris' Fresnes prison.

[Women/WWII/Other/Fr; WWII/Eur/Fr/Resistance]

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