With this new volume, John Earl Haynes and Harvey Klehr build upon their groundbreaking work in The Secret World of American Communism and solidify their reputations as the foremost historians of Soviet espionage in America. In Venona, they provide a detailed study of how the United States decrypted top-secret Communist cables moving between Washington and Moscow. This account, based on information unavailable to researchers for decades, reveals the full extent of the Communist spy network in the 1940s. At least 349 citizens, immigrants, and permanent residents of the United States had a covert relationship with Soviet intelligence agencies, among them Harry White (assistant secretary of the treasury in FDR's administration and the Communists' highest-ranking asset) and State Department official Alger Hiss, whose association with the Soviets had been hotly debated since the moment he was first publicly accused in 1948.
"The Soviet assault was of the type a nation directs at an enemy state," write Haynes and Klehr. They go on to suggest that Venona's code-breaking "indicated that the Cold War was not a state of affairs that had begun after World War II but a guerilla action that Stalin had secretly started years earlier." Moreover, "espionage saved the USSR great expense and industrial investment and thereby enabled the Soviets to build a successful atomic bomb years before they otherwise would have." Haynes and Klehr deliver what is at once a real-life spy thriller and a vital piece of scholarship. A grand achievement. --John J. Miller --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Those who were convinced that the Soviets were spying on us during the 1930s and 1940s were right. Haynes and Klehr have provided the most extensive evidence to date that the KGB had operatives at all levels of American society and government. Where Allen Weinstein and Alexander Vassilievs The Haunted Wood (LJ 11/15/98) provided a peek at Soviet spying, Haynes and Klehr throw open the door, revealing a level of espionage in this country that only the most paranoid had dreamed of. Building on the research for their earlier books, The Secret World of American Communism (LJ 6/1/95) and The Soviet World of American Communism (Yale Univ., 1998), Haynes and Klehr describe the astonishing dimensions of spying reflected in the cable traffic between the United States and Moscow. Venona is the name of the sophisticated National Security Agency project that in 1946 finally broke the Soviet code. This is better than anything John le Carr could produce, because in this case, truth is really stranger than fiction. Highly recommended.Edward Goedeken, Iowa State Univ. Lib., Ames
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About 16% into the Kindle edition, passages start jumping forward or backward. The text was obviously scanned — no shame in that — but it's as though the pages got shuffled. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Fritz Anderson
An important story to permit the re-examination of a controversial period of our recent history. However, after a good start, the repetition of details in later chapters gets... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Gregory D. Walker
This was not really what I expected. I was looking for information on the WWII Soviet spying done through the lend-lease program, and did not find very much.Published 4 months ago by Duane H. McEwen
Everybody should read this book to understand how socialists have and still do operatePublished 9 months ago by Michael J Lange
The Venona Code was the code the USSR used to direct its massive spy network in the USA before and during WWII. Read morePublished 14 months ago by W. Sid Vogel
I enjoyed reading how we were able to catch and understand what happened here. You will want to know and understand the intelligence community to read this book.Published 16 months ago by Samuel Anderson
Excellent story of the uncovering of the Soviet code leading up to and thru World War II. Most people have never heard the word "Venona", but will be shocked to see how... Read morePublished 19 months ago by J A STLOUIS JR
The definitive account -until the next one. Recommended for those who still believe in the innocence of a number of Americans who agreed to spy for the Soviet Union. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Raymond De Mourot Gil
450 Soviet agents. Just from this work.
It would be reasonable to expand that number by the work of other authors and / or other analysts. Read more