Amy Knight

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Amy W. Knight (born July 10, 1946) is an American historian of the Soviet Union and Russia.[1] She has been described by The New York Times as "the West's foremost scholar" of the KGB.[2]

Amy Knight was born in Chicago in 1946. She gained a Bachelor of Arts (BA) at the University of Michigan. She went on to gain a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Russian politics at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in 1977.[3] She taught at the LSE, the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, George Washington University and at Carleton University.[2][3] She also worked for eighteen years at the U.S. Library of Congress as a specialist in Russian and Soviet affairs.[3][4] Knight also writes for The New York Review of Books, The Times Literary Supplement and The Globe and Mail.[1]

In 1993–94, she was a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

She and her husband Malcolm have three children.[citation needed]

Published works[edit]

  • Knight, Amy (1990). The KGB: Police and Politics in the Soviet Union. Unwin Hyman. ISBN 978-0-04-445718-3. [5]
  • Knight, Amy (1995). Beria: Stalin's First Lieutenant. Princeton University Press. ISBN 978-0-691-01093-9. [6]
  • Knight, Amy (1997). Spies without Cloaks: The KGB's Successors. Princeton University Press. ISBN 978-0-691-01718-1. [7]
  • Knight, Amy (2000). Who Killed Kirov?: The Kremlin's Greatest Mystery. Hill and Wang. ISBN 978-0-8090-9703-6. [8]
  • Knight, Amy (2007). How the Cold War Began: The Igor Gouzenko Affair and the Hunt for Soviet Spies. Carroll & Graf. ISBN 978-0-7867-1938-9. [1]
  • Knight, Amy (2017). Orders to Kill: The Putin Regime and Political Murder. St. Martin's Press. ISBN 978-1-250-11934-6


  1. ^ a b c Clibbon, Jennifer (July 14, 2010). "Why is Russia still planting 'sleeper' agents abroad?". CBC News. Retrieved June 22, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Lloyd, John (March 19, 2000). "The Logic of Vladimir Putin". The New York Times. Retrieved June 22, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c Sheppard, J. (December 4, 2007). "Amy Knight on Putin, Russia's democratic future". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved September 13, 2012. 
  4. ^ Carney, James (December 17, 1990). "Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev's New Best Friends". TIME. Retrieved June 22, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Russian Entrepreneurial Spirit Steals Into Secret Spy Archives". The New York Times. July 11, 1993. Retrieved June 22, 2011. 
  6. ^ Kaplan, Fred (August 13, 1994). "Mass grave found near Moscow Zoo". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved June 22, 2011. 
  7. ^ Finder, Joseph (June 9, 1996). "By Any Other Name". The New York Times. Retrieved June 22, 2011. 
  8. ^ Fitzpatrick, Sheila (September 12, 1999). "Stalin. In the Hall. With the Revolver.". The New York Times. Retrieved June 22, 2011. 

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