Military & Warfare R. Lamphere FBI/KGB War

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FBI/KGB War

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9780425103388: FBI/KGB War

A former FBI agent recounts the project of decoding secret Russian messages intercepted during World War II and recalls the identification and interrogation of Soviet agents

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The names, we sometimes say, have been changed "to protect the innocent". As regards those agents in KGB networks in the U.S. during and following World War II, their presence and their deeds (or misdeeds) were known, but their names were not. The FBI-KGB War is the exciting, true (which often really is stranger than fiction), and authentic story of how those names became known and how the not-so-innocent persons to whom those names belonged were finally called to account. Following World War II, FBI Special Agent Robert J. Lamphere set out to uncover the extensive American networks of the KGB. Lamphere used a large file of secret Russian messages intercepted during the war. The FBI-KGB War is the detailed (but never boring) story of how those messages were finally decoded and made to reveal their secrets, secrets that led to persons with such now-infamous names as Judith Coplon, Klaus Fuchs, Harry Gold, and Ethel and Julius Rosenberg.

From Publishers Weekly:

This is primarily an account of how the FBI busted an important segment of the Soviet spy network in America during the late 1940s and early 1950s. Lamphere was directly involved in the most sensational spy cases of the era. Judith Coplon, Klaus Fuchs, Harry Gold, David Greenglass, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg are among those whose apprehension or conviction he had a hand in. (The author responds vigorously to the still-simmering charge that the Rosenbergs were framed by a witch-hunting FBI.) Lamphere reviews the devastating effect of the Philby-Maclean-Burgess spy scandal, and is critical of British intelligence for its naivete in the affair. Aside from the excitement the book generates on the spy-hunting level, it reveals much about the inner workings of the Bureau during an era when, as Lamphere notes, "the FBI agent was king." Photos. Conservative Book Club dual main selection.
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