The Venona Secrets: Exposing Soviet Espionage and America's Traitors

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Regnery Publishing, Oct 1, 2000 - History - 183 pages
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"The Venona Secrets" presents one of the last great, untold stories of World War II and the Cold War. In 1995 the Venona documents secret Soviet cable traffic from the 1940s that the United States intercepted and eventually decrypted finally became available to American historians. Now, after spending more than five years researching all the available evidence, espionage experts Herbert Romerstein and Eric Breindel reveal the full, shocking story of the days when Soviet spies ran their fingers through America s atomic-age secrets.
Included in "The Venona Secrets" are the details of the spying activities that reached from Harry Hopkins in Franklin Roosevelt s White House to Alger Hiss in the State Department to Harry Dexter White in the Treasury. More than that, "The Venona Secrets" exposes: information that links Albert Einstein to Soviet intelligence and conclusive evidence showing that J. Robert Oppenheimer gave Moscow our atomic secrets How Soviet espionage reached its height when the United States and the Soviet Union were supposedly allies in World War II The previously unsuspected vast network of Soviet spies in America How the Venona documents confirm the controversial revelations made in the 1940s by former Soviet agents Whittaker Chambers and Elizabeth Bentley.
The role of the American Communist Party in supporting and directing Soviet agents How Stalin s paranoia had him target Jews (code-named Rats ) and Trotskyites even after Trotsky s death How the Soviets penetrated America s own intelligence services The Venona Secrets is a masterful compendium of spy versus spy that puts the Venona transcripts in context with secret FBI reports, congressional investigations, and documents recently uncovered in the former Soviet archives. Romerstein and Breindel cast a spotlight on one of the most shadowy episodes in recent American history a past when treason infected Washington and Soviet agents were shielded, either wittingly or unwittingly, by our very own government officials.
  

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User Review  - gmicksmith - LibraryThing

Although aware of Communist infiltration previously the extent and severity of government compromise is more extensive and troubling than before the release of the Venona documents. This documents the ... Read full review

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User Review  - RandyStafford - LibraryThing

Traitors, of course, imply treason and that is exactly the charge Romerstein and Breindel substantiate in this book. Specifically, that the American Communist Party was a knowing tool for Soviet ... Read full review

Contents

What Was Venona?
3
An Agent of Influence Makes History
29
The Making of an Apparat
55
Whittaker Chamberss Spy Ring
95
The Elizabeth Bentley Spy Rings
143
Atomic Espionage
191
Atomic EspionageThe Rosenberg Case
231
Atomic EspionageCalifornia Phase
255
Polecats and Rats Spying on Dissidents and Jews
387
Target Journalists
429
Conclusion
447
The Documents
461
The Spies
507
NOTES
517
BIBLIOGRAPHY
565
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
575

Target OSS
283
Hunting Down Polecats
309
The Jack NobleRobert Soblen Ring
355

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About the author (2000)

Herbert Romerstein was head of the Office to Counter Soviet Disinformation at the United States Information Agency from 1983 to 1989.

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