- Hardcover: 595 pages
- Publisher: Mcgraw-Hill (October 1984)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0070506779
- ISBN-13: 978-0070506770
- Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 2.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,123,084 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Target Tokyo: The Story of the Sorge Spy Ring Hardcover – October, 1984
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His mission was a first rate success. He was able to tell Stalin that the Japanese militarists were going to attack to the south, against the East Indies, Philippines, and Australia. They would not attack Russia unless three things happened: the Germans captured Moscow, civil order broke down inside the USSR, and the Japanese Army had a significant force superiority along the Mongolian boder.
As a result of that information, Stalin pulled army divisions out of Siberia, and was able to use them for the counterattack outside Moscow in the Winter of 1941-2. That one piece of information could well have been the key to Hitler's defeat because if Moscow had fallen, the Germans probably would also have taken Stalingrad, and then captured the oil of the Middle East. Remember, the Luftwaffe didn't run out of airplanes; they ran out of fuel.
This book is an essential item for any historian of WW II.
Sorge penetrated the highest power circle in Japan and had excellent connections with the Nazi-party through the German Embassy in Tokyo.
Prange proves that Sorge informed Stalin about the German attack against the Soviet-Union (operation Barbarossa) and that Stalin didn't believe him. That Sorge pinpointed the Pearl Harbor attack is for the author a myth.
Sorge got caught by the Japanese when his spy work became careless. He hoped that Moscow would save him through an exchange of prisoners, but his friends let him fall as a burnt spy. He was hanged. Only twenty years later Moscow admitted that he was an agent of the Comintern.
Excellent portrait of Sorge: a desperate soldier of WWI, who saw in communism the salvation of humanity, but also a hard drinker and a compulsive womanizer. The definitie book on Sorge. I agree with one of the rewiewers that this work is essential historical reading about WWII.
What is in the book –
“Target Tokyo” paints a vivid picture of the members of the Sorge spy ring, particularly Richard Scorge, who arguably contributed greatly to the USSR being able to defend Moscow in 1941 by being able to transfer troops that had been stationed in the East to guard against an attack by Japan. Sorge was able to convince the Soviets that the Japanese were not going to attack, so it was safe to transfer these troops westward to defend Moscow and thus turn the tide of the war. The book discusses why the Soviets ignored Sorge’s previous warnings of the German attack earlier in the year. The book also goes into detail concerning the information he sent pertaining to the 1939 fighting between Japan and the USSR. He correctly predicted that the Japanese had no desire to expand the fighting and would pull back.
The book goes into more than just about the messages he sent to the USSR. It also discusses his relationship with the German ambassadors to Japan and how he became an indispensable advisor to them, enabling him to gather critical information rather easily. The book also discusses the Japanese members of the ring - who they were, how they operated and how they were caught, leading to Sorge’s capture.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Terrific insights into the China-Sino relationship and evolution of WWII, through the Sorge Spy Ring . . . heck of a story!Published 17 days ago by William D Kline
Well researched and filled with many details about the spy ring. Also a great look into Japanese thinking in the run up to Peal Harbor.Published 1 month ago by reggie smith
A very detailed explanation of the operation of a Soviet spy ring in Japan prior to and during the early WWII era. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Bruce C
Very interesting read. Have a better understanding of the relationship between Germany and Japan and Russia and Japan prior to our entry into WW2; Japan's incursions into China and... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
A thoroughly researched book on the Russian Sorge Spy Ring in Japan during World War Two. In fact the research is so thorough, that it drags the book down somewhat. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Blue
Jorge's story should be required reading for any student of history, particularly those of WWII/Great Patriotic War and anybody interested in espionage. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Greg Torino