Last of the Cold War Spies: The Life of Michael Straight - the Only American in Britain's Cambridge Spy Ring

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The most damaging spy network of the Cold War, the infamous Cambridge Spy Ring, comprised several influential British citizens-and one American, Michael Straight. While a student at Cambridge University in the 1930s, Straight fell in with the circle of notorious spies, including the infamous Kim Philby. For the next several decades, Michael Straight led the secret life of a secret agent: While working at the State Department, he passed intelligence reports to a Russian agent; while running his family's magazine, The New Republic, he funded several Communist fronts; and while serving U.S. presidents, he continued to meet with Soviet agents around the world. Despite Straight's 1963 "confession" to the F.B.I. that his covert activity ceased in 1941, investigative journalist and author Roland Perry has unearthed a different story-the full and complete portrait of Michael Straight, last of the Cold War spies.

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Roland Perry is an author and award-winning journalist living in Australia. Among his sixteen books is The Fifth Man, a biography of Victor Rothschild, British espionage agent; and Hidden Power, an investigation into the election and presidency of Ronald Reagan.

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"Immensely readable...An accessible, well-researched portrait." -- Military Review, May/June 2006

"Perry argues persuasively that this polished son of American capitalism was indeed the last of the Cold War spies." -- Washington Post

"Perry's bare-knuckle prose illuminates Straight's trajectory from the privileged New Republic heir...to KGB spy." -- Publishers Weekly

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