Review: World Thought Police

World Thought Police by Tomas Schuman (aka Yuri Bezmenov), a Soviet defector, contains many typos, is somewhat strangely organized, and may strike a reader who is totally innocent of this topic as insane conspiracy theory. Even for the seasoned reader of intelligence non-fiction, the book is eye-raisingly eccentric. But that is what makes it so interesting.

Tomas Schuman (whose real name is Yuri Bezmenov) worked as a “journalist” for Novosti Press Agency (APN), which was a disinformation and propaganda agency controlled by the Soviet non-military intelligence agency (KGB). The Soviets called their disinformation work through APN “active measures.” Schuman uses the phrase “ideological subversion.”

In World Thought Police, Schuman extensively details the various methods that APN would use. Schuman also details the extent to which APN used foreign collaborators, what those collaborators would do for APN and the KGB, their motivations for collaborating, and their rewards for collaborating.

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