4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 12, 2009
A little slow to start, but Katherin Sibley did a great job in taking the extensive info and details required and set the stage, for what follows! It is written so the reader can absorb the details and all the info and does a great job to hold the reader's interest throughout! Ms Sibley supplies a lot of important information, names, orginazions, events, facts and she does it in a manner that keeps the readers interest. Also it's written so it's easy to associate the people, places and events so as the reader moves forward, everything fits and falls into place so as you read you have many of those "aha" moments!
I was a little surprised to read and learn how lax our government was when it came to soviet industrial espinoge in the 30's and 40's. This becomes a key factor that unlocked/opened the flood gates of Communist/Russian insurgance & infiltraton in the US and Canada Govts., when recruiting the average American worker began as a result of the depression and need for cash. The book clearly demonstrations how it expanded into the American intelegencia during WW2 and how and why it went almost undetected for reasons that were disturbing but true! This book is well written and a real eye opener.
Well-written, Professor Sibley's book looks at the Soviet spy efforts prior to WWII (concentrating on proven industrial processes and designs), the wartime efforts of our "allies" (concentrating on military technology and intelligence on the Axis) and the post WWII spy offensive (atomic secrets).
This is an excellent book which takes advantage of information provided by the Verona decrypts and the all-to-brief access to the KGB files following the end of the USSR. For those unfamiliar with the topic this book will be an eye-opener when it comes to American vulnerabilities to espionage pror to and even during WWII. It took the discovery of the Soviet Union's interest in atomic technology, and what access to the bomb could mean for the free world, to finally wake up the United States to the true threat posed by the USSR.
Illustrated with photos.