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, The Globe and Mail,[1] and The Daily Beast.[5]

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

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  • Knight, Amy W. (1988). The KGB : police and politics in the Soviet Union. Boston: Unwin Hyman.
  • Knight, Amy (July 11, 1993). "Russian entrepreneurial spirit steals into secret spy archives". Letters to the Editor. The New York Times.
  • 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
  • Knight, Amy (February 22, 2018). "The Magnitsky affair". The New York Review of Books. 65 (3): 25–27.


  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. ^ "Amy Knight". The Daily Beast. Retrieved December 29, 2018.
  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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