Terryl lee Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars
After reading this book I gained insight to the culture and thinking of the time period. Very unsettling yet very valuable!
Published on April 11, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars This reads like fiction which is the type of literature I like ...
September 4, 2014
This reads like fiction which is the type of literature I like to read. Mr. Sheymor made a wise decision in writing what actually went on/goes on in Russia esp. the KGB in novel form instead of what could have been dull reportage. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes to read thrillers but gets revealing true information at the same time. It is truly mind boggling to see the evil in the form of governance depicted by the author. .
John Farraron August 1, 2002
Tower of Secrets is a great book. It is written by a former KGB officer who became disillusioned with communism and defected to the United States with his family. The author is at his best when discussing his area of specialty, which were electronic countermeasures. First published in 1993, it provides the first glimpse I have found in mass-market literature of the technology known as TEMPEST which is the ability to pick up and read transient electro-magnetic emissions from electronic devices. It sheds a lot of light on the subject of secure communications. One of the author's points of emphasis is that Humans are always the weakest link in any security system.
I enjoyed his revelations on the techniques and tactics of the Chinese Intelligence services. Their abilities appear to be underrated by the West. His pointers on surveillance and counter surveillance are outstanding and should be read by anyone concerned with these fields. My only criticisms are in the amount of detail he provided on how he became disillusioned with the communist party. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in intelligence matters.
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