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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THE LOST SPY: An American in Stalin's Secret Service

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Time magazine's former Moscow correspondent profiles an American who traveled the world gathering intelligence for the Soviet Union, until he was swept up in Stalin's purges. Meier (Black Earth: a ... Read full review

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Intriguing story. One reads that the gulag system consumed untold numbers of Russians and even some foreigners, this book helps put a human face on those multitudes. I'm impressed that the author was ... Read full review

Contents

ARREST
3
THE AMERICAN PROFESSOR
7
THREAD CITY
17
WAR
27
1939
43
REVOLUTION
53
INTO THE NIGHT
75
A CHANGE OF SKY
99
THE STAMP MARKET
225
TRUTH WILL WIN
241
EXECUTION
269
THE NOTE TO STALIN
273
AFTERLIFE
289
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
301
ARCHIVAL DOCUMENTS
309
NOTES
321

1940
129
THE RED AND THE WHITE
143
1942
169
JOURNEY TO A WAR
189
BIBLIOGRAPHY
361
INDEX
383
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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 Library’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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