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)

Magic

  • 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

  • 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)

Other

  • 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)*
    • (*This one is worth including a disclaimer for. Pacepa is generally considered to be credible in his first hand reporting on historical events up to his defection but his subsequent writings on intelligence as a defector are undoubtedly tinged with a right wing political bias. Smells of some ‘weaponization’. The book was published by WND and I do not subscribe to the WND-perspective on the news (or the book’s uniformly anti-Obama stance); but this text is breakthrough in some ways for how it conceives of a connection between Russia and the September 11 attacks. It is also enlightening about Russia’s ongoing conflict and schisms with Catholicism even in the time of the atheist Soviet state as well as general ‘war on religion’. It shows in a sense how Tsarist propaganda came to become Soviet propaganda (eg. Protocols of Zion). Almost every ‘intelligence history’ angle I’ve researched from the book has ‘checked out’. I think it is a valuable text if you subtract the politics, which have no real value in a true intelligence analysis (– only on influence/information operations as far as I can tell). While enlightening the reader about the Russian war on Judaism and Catholicism (and influence of Russia on Islam), it seems to miss the effects of anti-Muslim sentiment in a sense which cooperation with a ‘Russian war on terror’ may entail. In any case, the book was very important for enhancing my own perspectives on Russian satanism and I endorse it.)
  • Her Majesty’s Spymaster, Stephen Budiansky (2004)
  • The Secret World: A History of Intelligence, Christopher Andrew (2018)

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)