Herbert Romerstein


Romerstein, Herbert.

1. "The Active Measures Apparatus Tries to Carry On." New Counterpoint 7, no. 2 (Winter 1992): 1-2.

2. "Disinformation as a KGB Weapon in the Cold War." Journal of Intelligence History 1, no. 1 (Summer 2001). [http://www.intelligence-history.org/jih/previous.html]

From abstract: "KGB disinformation was not only to defame or denigrate an enemy or potential enemy, it was also to confuse and even to cause him to take an action beneficial to the Soviet Union. Such activities continued until the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 and included the training in disinformation techniques of other Eastern-block secret services such as the German 'Stasi.'"

3. The KGB Enters the 1990s. Alexandria, VA: Center for Intelligence Studies, 1990. [Petersen]

4. Soviet Active Measures and Propaganda: Influence Activities in the Gorbachev Era. Canada: Mackenzie Institute, 1989. [pb]

Surveillant 1.1 calls this an "important small monograph by the U.S. expert." Surveillant 1.6 notes that "Romerstein, former head of USIA's department to counter Soviet active measures, provides an informative update of Soviet efforts and deceptions in this area from the 1980s to the present.... [He] shows that supposed changes are more apparent than real and that the KGB is more polished than ever."


Romerstein, Herbert. "Aspects of World War II History Revealed through 'ISCOT' Radio Intercepts." Journal of Intelligence History 5, no. 1 (Summer 2005). [http://www.intelligence-history.org/jih/journal.html]

From Abstract: The author "sheds light on information provided by British intercepts of messages from the headquarters of the Communist International (Comintern) in Moscow to communist groups operating behind German lines during the last three years of World War II. These were particularly important for events in Yugoslavia, but also in Austria and Poland."


Romerstein, Herbert, and Eric Breindel. The Venona Secrets: Exposing Soviet Espionage and America's Traitors. Washington, DC: Regnery, 2000.

Peake, Intelligencer 11.2, notes that this work "places particular emphasis on the role of the Communist Party in Soviet espionage in America from the 1920s to the mid 50s.... Romerstein's forceful arguments and simple declarative style make for good reading. Undoubtedly the most controversial aspects of the book will be the portions dealing with three Americans the authors declare were Soviet agents" -- Harry Hopkins, Harry Dexter White, and Robert Oppenheimer.

For Huck, Intelligencer 11.2, The Venona Secrets is a "detailed, well-organized and well paced work." It offers "a fascinating window on the underground activities of the above-ground American Communist Party apparatus." Herken, I&NS 16.3, comments that "Romerstein and Breindel are knowledgeable guides to the labyrinthine complexities of the spy trade as the Soviets practiced it."


Romerstein, Herbert, and Stanislav Levchenko. The KGB against the "Main Enemy": How the Soviet Intelligence Service Operates against the U.S. Lexington, MA: Lexington, 1989. [Chambers]


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