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A Stone for Willy Fisher

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Fisher/Abel

In 1960, James B. Donovan met with Director of Central Intelligence Allen W. Dulles and CIA General Counsel Lawrence Houston to discuss the implications of exchanging Abel for Powers. During their conversation, Donovan observed, "While I admire Rudolf as an individual, I don't forget that he's KGB. Bars and prison are not going to change his allegiance." Dulles puffed on his pipe and responded, "I wish we had three or four just like him inside Moscow, right now. . ." The Dulles comment would have been a suitable epitaph inscribed on the stone for Willy Fisher.

 

For Further Reading
Strangers On A Bridge, James B. Donovan, Athenem House, New York (1964).
James Donovan kept a detailed diary from which this book was prepared. Together with his own notes, Donovan extracted items from court and other official records. The book gives characterizations and insights into Rudolf Abel's personality.
Okhotnik Verrkh Nogami (The Hunter, Hunted), Kyrill Khenkin, Kossev Verlag, Frankfurt a/M, (1979).
Khenkin, an emigre living in Germany, has written a comprehensive biography of Abel. Because Khenkin was personally acquainted with the subject for a long time, knew the family and had access to otherwise unavailable material, his book is useful. It is available only in the Russian language.
The Shadow Network-Espionage as an Instrument of Soviet Policy, Edward Van Der Rhoer, Scribner's, New York (1983).
In this rather ponderous tome which covers a broad view of Soviet espionage activities, Van Der Rhoer made use of much of Knenkin's book. The Shadow Network contains some detailed descriptions of Abel's life and work.
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