Spies: The Rise and Fall of the KGB in America

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Yale University Press, May 26, 2009 - Political Science - 704 pages
“This important new book . . . based on archival material . . . shows the huge extent of Soviet espionage activity in the United States during the 20th century” (The Telegraph).
Based on KGB archives that have never been previously released, this stunning book 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, Vassiliev retrieved his extensive notebooks of transcribed documents from Moscow. With these notebooks, John Earl Haynes and Harvey Klehr have meticulously constructed a new and shocking historical account.
Along with valuable insight into Soviet espionage tactics and the motives of Americans who spied for Stalin, Spies resolves many long-standing intelligence controversies. The book confirms that Alger Hiss cooperated with the Soviets over a 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.
Uncovering numerous American spies who never came under suspicion, this essential volume also reveals the identities of the last unidentified American nuclear spies. And in a gripping introduction, Vassiliev tells the story of his notebooks and his own extraordinary life.

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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

Spies: the rise and fall of the KGB in America

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In this important book, Haynes (historian, Library of Congress Manuscript Division), Harvey Klehr (politics & history, Emory Univ.), and journalist Alexander Vassiliev come close to proving that ... Read full review


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John Earl Haynes is a modern political historian in the manuscript division of the Library of Congress. He lives in Kensington, Maryland. Harvey Klehr is Andrew W. Mellon Professor of politics and history, Emory University. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia. Haynes and Klehr are coauthors of Venona.

Alexander Vassiliev, journalist, novelist, and coauthor with Allen Weinstein of The Haunted Wood: Soviet Espionage in America, now lives in the United Kingdom.

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