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Stalin's American Spy: Noel Field, Allen Dulles and the East European Show-Trials Hardcover – May 23, 2014


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 410 pages
  • Publisher: Hurst (May 23, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849043442
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849043441
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 1.5 x 5.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #955,745 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Stalin's American Spy is a compelling piece of work. It is historically rich, and yet moves along like a novel. Noel Field can be seen as an emblem of the ideology war of the '30s and its lost history. Moving and impressive." -- Robert Dover, author of Learning from the Secret Past: Cases in British Intelligence History


"This is the first truly authentic, comprehensive and factual analysis in English of the fascinating life of Noel Field, one of the most mysterious figures on Stalin's chessboard of spies, agents and stooges. The author's gripping account is more than a personal biography of a legendary figure. This book is also essential reading for understanding the world of Stalinist show trials and key chapters of the Cold War in Europe." -- Paul Lendvai, journalist and author of Hungary: Between Democracy and Authoritarianism and Austria: New Challenges, Old Demons


"This is a superb and original book in a much under-researched area. A fine work of history."--Gerry Hughes, Lecturer in Military History, Aberystwyth University, and author of Britain, Germany and the Cold War: the search for a European Détente, 1949-1967


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Tony Sharp (PhD) has lectured in European Studies at Dundee University. He is the author of The Wartime Alliance and the Zonal Division of Germany and Pleasure and Ambition: The Life, Loves and Wars of Augustus the Strong.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Paul Gelman on June 13, 2014
Format: Hardcover
This book shows to what extent Stalin went in order to incriminate those whom he considered subversive elements and obstacles on the road of achieving his goals of total mastery of Eastern Europe.
It suggests that Noel Field, who was working in the State Department, may have been a double spy working simultaneously for his American and Soviets masters. It shows to what extent Stalin went in order to conduct purge trials and the relationship between Allen Dulles and Field.
This is an extremely well researched and original book, packed with new information on every of its pages, offering new insights about the minds of those who took part in the Great Game of the Cold War. Highly reccomended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul E. Richardson VINE VOICE on June 22, 2014
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In these pages I recently reviewed a book on Duncan Lee, a Soviet spy who worked as a top aide to US intelligence chief “Wild Bill” Donovan during World War II. This new work is of the same era, but the spy story is entirely different.

Noel Field was a Soviet agent working in the US Department of State during the 1930s. After the war, a ruse lured him to Prague and he was imprisoned and interrogated, turned on by the very Soviet masters for whom he had spied. Stalin, it turns out, needed a western patsy to bolster the spurious claims of his showtrials. Field was that patsy.

But, as Sharp shows, that may only be half of the story. Field, evidence suggests, may have been a double agent who infiltrated the Communist Party of the USA at the behest of
Allen Dulles, pretending to work for the Soviets until he was tricked into traveling to Eastern Europe.

A well researched and fascinating read that illuminates the dark world of Soviet spies in the US and sheds some light on the mechanisms and motivations for Stalin’s show trials, beyond that of discrediting his political enemies, of course.

As reviewed in Russian Life magazine.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. C. Whitaker on August 9, 2014
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This is a story that I had never heard so I was delighted to be learning something new. The book is strong on detail indicating a well researched effort. I would like to have had more details of the meetings between the subject and Allen Dulles. I can only assume that no such info exists. The info on the intrigue in Eastern Europe got my attention as I was serving in the US Army in Germany during some of that period.
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By J. Hirsch Jr. on October 6, 2014
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bill Smith. on July 31, 2014
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Interesting read, with plenty of detail.
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