Mortal Crimes: The Greatest Theft in History: The Soviet Penetration of the Manhattan Project

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Nigel West has studied the recently revealed documents about Soviet espionage against the Western Allies during and after World War II and has for the first time painted the complete picture of how the Soviet Union stole the secrets of the atomic bomb. The investigations by the British, Canadian, and US Military counterintelligence services through the Venona intercepts are placed in proper context and made intelligible by a master espionage history writer. What is revealed is the extent of the penetration by the NKVD and KGB of the most secret technologies of the era and how the West protected itself. A new and revised edition.

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Nigel West is a former officer of the British secret intelligence service, MI6, and conservative party member of the British Parliament. He has written extensively on espionage and counterintelligence and given numerous lectures on those subjects.

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West, a prolific writer on pre- and post-WWII espionage, delivers an in-depth work, this time on Soviet efforts to acquire secrets about the Allies' efforts to develop the atomic bomb. Using recently declassified information from Soviet archives as well as from FBI, CIA and NSA files in the U.S., West assembles pieces of "one of the most significant intricate jigsaw puzzles in history," showing a full story of atomic espionage in America. The cornerstone of his work rests on the Venona files, declassified by the U.S. in the 1990s, which provided a new and entirely authentic list of code names of British and American spies for the Soviet Union. Although West previously wrote about these files in Venona: The Greatest Secret of the Cold War, this new work far from rehashes old information. West puts Venona at the center of a much larger portrait of the key successes and failures of British, American and Canadian espionage units. One of the best sections details not only how the FBI was slow to grasp the scale of Soviet espionage on the West Coast, but also how military authorities were to blame for not sharing secrets, such as not even telling J. Edgar Hoover the purpose of Los Alamos. Overall, West's book makes an important contribution to espionage studies by showing the extent to which Stalin was able to use willing accomplices in the West to provide him with Manhattan Project secrets and help the Soviets develop their own A-bomb.
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Book Description ENIGMA BOOKS, United States, 2007. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Revised, Expanded. Language: English . Brand New Book. development of the atomic bomb *Written by renowned, prize-winning author Nigel West *The full story of Soviet espionage related for the first time West s book makes an important contribution to espionage studies -Publishers Weekly In September 1945 Igor Gouzenko, a cipher clerk based at Ottawa s Soviet embassy, traded a batch of purloined files in return for a secure future for himself, his pregnant wife and children. His defection led to the slow unravelling of Soviet efforts to steal American atomic secrets, which eventually led to the arrest of Dr Allan Nunn May, a Cambridge-educated physicist who confessed to having passed atomic secrets to a Russian contact in Canada in 1944. Critically acclaimed author Nigel West has been given unprecedented access to files in the British and US archives relating to the Soviet espionage apparatus. His research reveals exactly how the USSR was able to steal and use the technological secrets. Their success led to the building of the Soviet atomic bomb. The identities of Dr Nunn May s colleagues on the Manhattan Project who collaborated with the NKVD have never been publicly revealed. West is the first writer to tie together all the ramifications of the Soviet spying effort to steal the A-bomb. The effort stretched across many countries, taking in accomplices and agents in the UK, Canada and the United States in a tightly constructed demonstration of the effectiveness of the NKVD and GRU methods. The decrypted Venona cables are reproduced and juxtaposed with the replies given by Moscow centre, showing the full circle of the espionage effort. About the Author Nigel West is a former Conservative MP and the author of At Her Majesty s Secret Service, an in-depth account of the heads of MI6, which is available from Greenhill Books. He divides his time between his house in England and Washington, D.C. Bookseller Inventory # AAJ9781929631292

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