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The FBI-KGB War: A Special Agent's Story Hardcover – May 12, 1986


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Random House; 1st edition (May 12, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394541510
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394541518
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,498,872 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

This is primarily an account of how the FBI busted an important segment of the Soviet spy network in America during the late 1940s and early 1950s. Lamphere was directly involved in the most sensational spy cases of the era. Judith Coplon, Klaus Fuchs, Harry Gold, David Greenglass, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg are among those whose apprehension or conviction he had a hand in. (The author responds vigorously to the still-simmering charge that the Rosenbergs were framed by a witch-hunting FBI.) Lamphere reviews the devastating effect of the Philby-Maclean-Burgess spy scandal, and is critical of British intelligence for its naivete in the affair. Aside from the excitement the book generates on the spy-hunting level, it reveals much about the inner workings of the Bureau during an era when, as Lamphere notes, "the FBI agent was king." Photos. Conservative Book Club dual main selection.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

In 1941 Lamphere embarked on a 14-year FBI career largely devoted to foiling Soviet espionage in the United States. This readable, if occasionally self-serving, memoir recounts his often significant role in several famous postwar spy cases, including those of Klaus Fuchs, Gerhart Eisler, Judith Coplon, and the Rosenbergs. Motivated by what he sees as unfounded criticism of FBI methods and the conduct of some of these trials, especially the Rosenbergs', Lamphere defends the investigations and argues that Soviet spying at the time was widespread, well organized, and a serious threat. A good choice for popular collections, to supplement Ronald Radosh and Joyce Milton's The Rosenberg File ( LJ 8/83) and for insights into the workings of the FBI. James R. Kuhlman, Univ. of Georgia Lib., Athens
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Steven E. Widtfeldt on June 9, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book is very difficult to put down once started. It amazes one to realize that one special agent, in a 14 year career, was involved in cracking the KGB code, identifying Klaus Fuchs as a spy, and bringing Julius and Ethel Rosenberg and their ring to justice. Robert J. Lamphere's book moves along quickly, and treats the investigations in sufficient detail without becoming dull. And having rubbed shoulders with J. Edgar Hoover, James Angleton, and British double agent Kim Philby, his first person reminiscences are fascinating. This is history that leaps off the page.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S.M. Purvis on August 17, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Well written and untangles a very tangled plot. Clarifies why and how this very intelligent group got together based on foggy idealistic fascination with Marx. Lenin et al or anti-Nazi/Fascist leanings and became traitors. Just before reading this I slogged through the "Venona Secrets," which splatters just about all the facts, but is a very difficult quasi-academic read. This book clarifies the plot(s).
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By Amazon Customer on August 27, 2014
Format: Paperback
Could have used an historical update
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