The Lost Spy: An American in Stalin's Secret Service

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2008 - History - 402 pages
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For half a century, the case of Isaiah Oggins, a 1920s New York intellectual brutally murdered in 1947 on Stalin's orders, remained hidden in the secret files of the KGB and the FBI—a footnote buried in the rubble of the Cold War. Then, in 1992, it surfaced briefly, when Boris Yeltsin handed over a deeply censored dossier to the White House. The Lost Spy at last reveals the truth: Oggins was one of the first Americans to spy for the Soviets.

Based on six years of international sleuthing, The Lost Spy traces Oggins's rise in beguiling detail—a brilliant Columbia University graduate sent to run a safe house in Berlin and spy on the Romanovs in Paris and the Japanese in Manchuria—and his fall: death by poisoning in a KGB laboratory. As harrowing as Darkness at Noon and as tragic as Dr. Zhivago, The Lost Spy is one of the great nonfiction detective stories of our time.

  

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Review: The Lost Spy: An American in Stalin's Secret Service

User Review  - Erick Lehman - Goodreads

Very well researched but not enough detail on the 'why' of the oggins arrest and trial. Maybe was implied, in which case I just missed it. May be a better read than listen. Read full review

Review: The Lost Spy: An American in Stalin's Secret Service

User Review  - Amanda - Goodreads

This impeccably researched nonfiction who-, how-, and why-dunit starts with a bang: an American is picked up by the secret police in Moscow in 1938, and before you can ask yourself, "Who was he?" you ... Read full review

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Andrew Meier , the author of Black Earth: A Journey Through Russia After the Fall , is a recent Fellow at the New York Public Libraryrsquo;s Cullman Center for Scholars & Writers and currently a writer-in-residence at the New School University. He lives in New York City.

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