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Though much of The Sword and the Shield is drawn from Andrew's earlier
works and collaborations, the book does contain fresh revelations" and
then he adds that "several of the much-publicized revelations, however,
hardly qualify as such. For instance, the authors tell how the K.G.B.
forged a letter from Lee Harvey Oswald to E. Howard Hunt, the former
C.I.A. officer and later Watergate conspirator, in order to implicate the
C.I.A. in the Kennedy assassination. Actually, this story surfaced in
Henry Hurt's Reasonable Doubt, written 13 years ago. Similarly, the story
that the K.G.B. considered schemes for breaking the legs of the ballet
dancer Rudolf Nureyev for defecting to the West was first reported in a
book written six years ago." And he added that "it does seem odd that a
key K.G.B. archivist never had access to a copying machine, but had to
copy thousands of pages in longhand. Still, the overall impact of this
volume is convincing, though none of the material will send historians
scurrying to rewrite their books.