American Attaché in the Moscow Maelstrom

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New nonfiction book tells the thrilling, true stories of an American Attaché in Russia during Cold War

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Peterson takes readers behind the curtain of intelligence collection in Soviet Russia.

Bugged typewriters, hidden microphones in our home, spy dust, and entrapment attempts conducted in Soviet Russia. This is the stuff of spy novels or conspiracy theorists. But for former Assistant Army Attaché Lt.Col. Roy E. Peterson, who served in the Soviet Union during the height of the Cold War period, these are not just capricious fictions but the reality that he lived and breathed as a professional intelligence officer. In his engaging new nonfiction, American Attaché in the Moscow Maelstrom: Attaché Duty and the Craft of Intelligence (published by AuthorHouse), Peterson takes readers behind the curtain of intelligence collection in Soviet Russia.

Insightful and easy-to-read, American Attaché in the Moscow Maelstrom combines Peterson’s straightforward advice on attaché training, exams, cultural assimilation and the craft of intelligence alongside poignant, often humorous, anecdotes from his own experience and those of his peers. Far from stiff, Peterson’s narrative is instantly relatable and offers readers a resource that is both educational and a pure delight to read. Illustrating a point about security in Russia at the time, Peterson writes:

The Soviets kind of gave up in Moscow, but everywhere else they tried to construct a barrier between the population and attachés. They did this by running up to 100 agents against us in the cities to which we traveled. That was the reason for the three to five day notification and approval process. Jim Furleigh tested this proposition one day in Kiev. He and his wife stayed in the usual hotel, the Dneiper, named for the river. Jim dressed in running gear and went down to breakfast with his wife. Suddenly he turned and ran out the front door. The whole establishment came apart as his wife watched in amusement. People came running out from behind doors, jumped out of chairs, and some outside headed for their cars. Jim got his exercise and scared the entire KGB community. Kiev actually had a relatively friendly KGB contingent.

Ideal for professors of military science, Cold War history buffs and future American Attaché, American Attaché in the Moscow Maelstrom proves that truth outmatches fiction.

About the Author
Roy Peterson served as an Assistant Army Attaché in Moscow from 1983-1985. Peterson specialized as a Russian and East European foreign area officer and was an honor graduate from the U.S. Army Russian Institute in Garmisch, Germany. After military retirement, Peterson was selected to be a Foreign Service officer and performed as the first U.S. foreign commercial officer for the U.S. Department of Commerce and as a visa issuing officer for the U.S. Department of State in Vladivostok, Russia.

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