Spies: The Rise and Fall of the KGB in America (Google eBook)

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Yale University Press, 2009 - HISTORY - 650 pages
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This stunning book, based on KGB archives that have never come to light before, provides the most complete account of Soviet espionage in America ever written. In 1993, former KGB officer Alexander Vassiliev was permitted unique access to Stalin-era records of Soviet intelligence operations against the United States. Years later, living in Britain, Vassiliev retrieved his extensive notebooks of transcribed documents from Moscow.With these notebooks John Earl Haynes and Harvey Klehr have meticulously constructed a new, sometimes shocking, historical account.Along with general insights into espionage tactics and the motives of Americans who spied for Stalin, "Spies" resolves specific, long-seething controversies. The book confirms, among many other things, that Alger Hiss cooperated with Soviet intelligence over a long period of years, that journalist I. F. Stone worked on behalf of the KGB in the 1930s, and that Robert Oppenheimer was never recruited by Soviet intelligence. "Spies" also uncovers numerous American spies who were never even under suspicion and satisfyingly identifies the last unaccounted for American nuclear spies. Vassiliev tells the story of the notebooks and his own extraordinary life in a gripping introduction to the volume.
  

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User Review  - shmulkey - LibraryThing

Scholarly treatment of the subject that closes the case on many Cold War controversies, such as: the Rosenbergs (guilty), Alger Hiss (guilty) and IF Stone (a paid agent of the USSR for a time). Read full review

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"Spies is not exactly bedtime reading—unless, that is, you're an insomniac. It is filled with confusing code names, long stretches of argumentation linking those names with real persons, and ... Read full review

Contents

Preface
ix
Acknowledgments
xxi
Conventions for Nomenclature Citations Quotations Cover Names and Transliteration
xxiii
How I Came to Write My Notebooks Discover Alger Hiss and Lose to His Lawyer
xxvii
Alger Hiss Case Closed
1
Enormous The KGB Attack on the AngloAmerican Atomic Project
33
The Journalist Spies
145
Infiltration of the US Government
195
The XY Line Technical Scientific and Industrial Espionage
331
American Couriers and Support Personnel
393
Celebrities and Obsessions
431
The KGB in America Strengths Weaknesses and Structural Problems
483
Conclusion
541
Notes
549
Index
638
Copyright

Infiltration of the Office of Strategic Services
293

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