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Target Tokyo: The Story of the Sorge Spy Ring Hardcover – October, 1984

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  • 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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Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent account of the Sorge spy ring that operated in Tokyo prior to and during WW II. Richard Sorge was an NKVD agent (predecessor to the KGB) who was sent to find out if Japan was going to attack the USSR.
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.
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Model research work (61 reference pages) on the ploys of Stalin's master spy Richard Sorge.
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.
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Format: Hardcover
Prange and his co-authors describe the origins and operations of the famous Sorge Ring in Tokyo, one of the USSR's best HUMINT sources on their Nazi enemies. Sorge and his comrades provided top quality strategic diplomatic intelligence on the Nazi's intentions, including their plans to invade the Soviet Union. Like all Prange's histories, well-researched and extremely well-written.
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Format: Kindle Edition
This is an excellent and engrossing book. It details the formation and actions of the Scorge spy ring in Tokyo. The book is based on the thirty years of research by Gordon Prange into the Japanese side of WWII and all of its aspects. The book is a fitting companion to “At Dawn We Slept” and “Miracle at Midway”. Like these other books, “Target Tokyo” is a blend of meticulous scholarship and engrossing writing that gives new insights into the history of World War II.

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“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.
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I had previously read this book over 25 years ago and was reminded of it when reading Ken Follett's "Century Trilogy." Mr. Follett refers to "our agent in Tokyo" when the Russians had become frustrated with Stalin for not taking of the advantage of the intelligence being sent to them by Sorge, although his name was not mentioned in Mr. Follet's work. This book documents an important segment of World War II history and is an authentic spy thriller. It is as exciting to read today as it was 25 years ago.
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Format: Paperback
This book covers in great detail an important, if largely ignored, part of World War II. If you are interested in reading about real spies and how they worked and how they existed I would definitely recommend "Target Tokyo".
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The most detailed and accurate account of this most famous spy and his influence on the outcome of WW II .
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