Reading List

This is a list of the pertinent books I have purchased in the course of my research, and does not include numerous ebooks via Google Books and scholarly papers I have also used. In that sense it is a partial list of resources; but ones I felt potentially significant enough to invest in owning and couldn’t find in full online. I’ve highlighted the ones which I think are most key for a basic concept.

Ivan the Terrible

  • In Search of Dracula: The History of Dracula and Vampires, Raymond McNally and Radu Florescu (1992)
  • Ivan the Terrible – Profiles in Power, Andrei Pavlov and Maureen Perrie (2003)
  • Ivan the Terrible: The First Tsar of Russia, Isabel De Madariaga (2005)


  • Milton and the Rise of Russian Satanism, Valentin Boss (1991)
  • The Bathhouse at Midnight: An Historical Survey of Magic and Divination in Russia, W.F. Ryan (2012)
  • The Occult in Russian and Soviet Culture, edited by Bernice Glatzer Rosenthal (1997)

Modern Russia

  • Blowing up Russia: The Secret Plot to Bring Back KGB Terror, Alexander Litvinenko and Yuri Felshtinsky (2002) (worth reading with some skepticism — afterall, Litvinenko was once a diehard Russian Orthodox before his conversion to Islam; and Putin has brought back ‘Tsarist Orthodox’ terror, not KGB… as Putin has said: “There is no such thing as a former KGB man…”)
  • The Kremlin Conspiracy: 1,000 Years of Russian Expansionism, Douglas Boyd (2014)
  • The Moscow Bombings of September 1999: Examinations of Terrorist Attacks at the Onset of Vladimir Putin’s Rule, John Dunlop (2012)


  • Nostradamus: The Man Behind the Prophecies, Ian Wilson (2007)

Orson Welles

  • Childhood Shadows: The Hidden Story of the Black Dahlia Murder, Mary Pacios (2007)
  • Modernism, Media, and Propaganda: British Narrative from 1900-1945, Mark Wollaeger (2006) (Chapter 5 – From the Thirties to World War II: Negotiating Modernism and Propaganda in Hitchcock and Welles )
  • The Cultural Front: The Laboring of American Culture in the Twentieth Century, Michael Denning (1996) (Chapter 10 – The Politics of Magic: Orson Welles’ Allegories of Antifascism)


  • Conspiracy Theories: Secrecy and Power in American Culture, Mark Fenster (2008)
  • Disinformation: Former Spy Chief Reveals Secret Strategies for Undermining Freedom, Attacking Religion, and Promoting Terrorism, Ion Mihai Pacepa and Ron Rychlak¬†(2013)
  • Her Magesty’s Spymaster, Stephen Budiansky (2004)

WWII – Cold War Spies

  • Black Propaganda in the Second World War, Stanley Newcourt-Nowodworski (2005)
  • Double Lives: Spies and Writers in the Secret Soviet War of Ideas Against the West, Stephen Koch¬†(1994)
  • Last of the Cold War Spies: The Life of Michael Straight, Roland Perry (2005)
  • Room 3603: The Story of the British Intelligence Center in New York During World War II, H. Montgomery Hyde (1963)
  • Secret Intelligence Agent: British Espionage in America and the Creation of the OSS, H. Montgomery Hyde (1982)
  • Spies: The Rise and Fall of the KGB in America, Harvey Klehr, John Earl Haynes, and Alexander Vassiliev (2009)
  • The Cold War and the United States Information Agency: American Propaganda and Public Diplomacy, 1945 – 1989, Nicholas Cull (2008)
  • The Haunted Wood: Soviet Espionage in America – The Stalin Era, Allen Weinstein and Alexander Vassiliev (1999)
  • The Secret History of PWE: The Political Warfare Executive 1939-1945, David Garnett (2002)
  • The Sword and the Shield: The Mitrokhin Archive and the Secret History of the KGB, Christopher Andrew and Vasili Mitrokhin (1985)