Giving a special presentation hosted by the Hoover Institution's Library & Archives, Amir Weiner, Associate Professor of History at Stanford University, will discuss his forthcoming book, "Getting to Know You: Domestic Surveillance in the Soviet Union." Based on research in the former archives of the KGB, the book explores the level of information that Soviet security services had on their society; what kind of information they sought and how they obtained it. The book also details whom they recruited as informants; how they recruited informants; how they coped with domestic challenges and decline; how they evaluated their own performance; and how the KGB fared in comparison with other security services.
Weiner is the author of several works on the wartime and postwar Soviet Union and communist social engineering enterprises.
This event is open to the public. All are welcome.