An Instance of Treason: Ozaki Hotsumi and the Sorge Spy Ring
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An Instance of Treason: Ozaki Hotsumi and the Sorge Spy Ring [Paperback]

Chalmers A. Johnson
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June 1990
This is the only complete, authoritative account of the most brilliantly successful espionage operation of the twentieth century: the notorious Communist spy ring headed by Dr. Richard Sorge, whose cover was that of senior German journalist in Tokyo during Worl War II. Ozaki Hotsumi, the second-ranking member of the ring, was also a prominent journalist, a leading authority on China, and a consultant to the Konoye cabinet. When this book was first published in July 1964, the Soviet Union had never acknowledged the existence of Sorge. Two months later, perhaps in response to the book's publication, Sorge was acclaimed as one of the Soviet Union's most illustrious spies and was made a posthumous 'Hero of the Soviet Union'. In an extensive reprise prepared for this new edition, the author analyzes this development in depth, as well as much other significant information that has come to light since the book's original publication.
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'An exhaustive, authoritative, and seemingly definitive account of one of the most enthralling espionage cases of World War II.' The New York Times Book Review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • Paperback: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press; Exp Sub edition (June 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804717664
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804717663
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,553,544 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chalmers Johnson, president of the Japan Policy Research Institute, is the author of the bestselling Blowback and The Sorrows of Empire. A frequent contributor to the Los Angeles Times, the London Review of Books, and The Nation, he appeared in the 2005 prizewinning documentary film Why We Fight. He lives near San Diego.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Johnson at his best July 20, 2014
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Johnson at his best (and much better than other versions of this famous case).
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