A Mississippi State University alumnus will return to campus Saturday to sign his latest book at Barnes and Noble.
Lee McCaslin, author of “Secrets of the Cold War,” graduated from MSU in 1969 where he majored in communication, studied military science (and received some airborne training) and obtained his Army commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Intelligence Corps.
On active duty in 1969, he attended the combat arms tanker’s Armored Officers’ Basic Course; the Counterintelligence Special Agent’s Course and served at various locations in the US.
Upon leaving active duty, he joined the US Civil Service and began working for the military in various intelligence jobs, starting as a GS-9 in 1973.
He served at the Pentagon from 1973 to 1976. In 1979, he arrived in Heidelberg, Germany, and served 16 years at U.S. Army Europe where he actively participated in the Cold War.
To thwart espionage, he appeared on several live and recorded segments of the European Armed Forces Network TV and Radio to discuss counterespionage strategies, both past and present.
He then retired as a GM-14 in 1995. At that time, he was the most senior security specialist in Europe. While overseas, he acquired a master’s degree in education from Boston University.
After he retired from civil service, he taught speech at several local colleges. With his background in security and intelligence, he worked as a contract investigator for ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) with 9/11 related duties.
He is now fully retired and resides with his wife, Charlotte, and rescued greyhound, Keener, in Alabama.
“Secrets of the Cold War” focuses on a dark period of a silent war and offers a new perspective on the struggle between the superpowers of the world told in the words of those who were there.
McCaslin weaves together exciting true accounts of allies collecting enemy information in the East and fighting spies and terrorist in the West.
Amassing Soviet military information by Allied agents in the East is at the forefront. Learn the bizarre method a British agent uses to obtain the muzzle size of a Russian tank as he risks his life jumping on a moving train in East Germany. A French officer drives into a Soviet tank column and escapes undiscovered by cunning methods.
In West Germany, terrorist attacks and spies are rampant. Communists shoot a rocket propelled grenade into a general’s occupied limo and terrorists kidnap another general.
From the espionage files, an American soldier is nearly recruited in a downtown bar to be a spy and a First Sergeant is lured by sex to be an unknowing participant in spying. Behind-the-lines images are historic and intriguing.
See photographs of a French officer and a Soviet officer relaxing in the East German woods in a temporary unofficial peace; ‘James Bond’ type cars with their light tricks and their ability to leave their Stasi shadows ‘wheel spinning’ in the snow will amaze readers.
A Russian translator for the presidential hotline recounts a story about having to lock his doors in the Pentagon, separating himself and his sergeant from the Pentagon Generals when a message comes in from the Soviets.
When he called the White House to relay the message to the president and stood by for a possible reply to the Soviet chairman, he stopped working for the generals and started working solely for the president.
In another riveting account, a U.S. Berlin tank unit goes on red alert when the Soviets stop a U.S. convoy on the Autobahn between West Germany and Berlin. The Berlin Command orders the tanks to rescue them, “If anything gets in your way, either run over it or blow it away!”
Young U.S. Berlin train commanders recount their encounters with their Soviet counterparts aboard the Berlin Duty Train. In an unusual train incident, one male Soviet Officer places a love note in a young U.S. female train commander’s pocket, touching her leg.
The note is in the book. Containing a host of first-person accounts that lift the lid on previously untold clandestine activities, the McCaslin’s book offers a major examination of Cold War history and exciting reading for all those who have an interest in the real-life world of military intelligence, counterintelligence and espionage.