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True Believer: Stalin's Last American Spy by [Marton, Kati]
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"Relevant . . . fascinating . . . As vividly reconstructed by Marton, Noel Field's life is a window on the delusion and narcissism that fuel the self-radicalized of any era." (The New York Times Book Review)

"Riveting reading . . . True Believer is a mesmerizing look at Cold War espionage and a chilling reminder of the destructive power of fanaticism." (USA Today)

“Marton tells the incredible true story of Field's fanaticism with communism and Stalinism. Marton's own parents were the only Western journalists to ever interview Field and his wife, Herta Field. . . . The conspiracy, subterfuge, and cataclysmic destruction of Field's family and friends are all addressed in this well-researched book.” (Library Journal)

“This is more than just a spy story of white hats versus black hats. Kati Marton has written a gripping but nuanced account  of the fanaticism and betrayal by one of the most notorious American traitors in Cold War history.” (Amanda Foreman, author of A World on Fire )

“A riveting account of how fanaticism arises, who's vulnerable to it, and why. A rich portrait of a lost era, with fascinating implications for our own.” (Cass R. Sunstein, Robert Walmsley University Professor, Harvard University, and author of Going to Extremes )

“At a time when violent extremism and fanaticism seem automatically to have an Islamic prefix, True Believer reminds us of equally brutal causes that swept up deluded young men and women, shattered families and destroyed lives. Kati Marton gives us a gripping story with a timely moral.” (Anne-Marie Slaughter, President and CEO, New America, author of Unfinished Business: Women Men Work Family )

“A wonderfully researched and beautifully told chilling story of how fanaticism arises and how one man and his circle of friends became prisoners to ideology.” (Journal of Cold War Studies)

“In the name of justice and socialist revolution, Noel Field lost his own humanity. His story is a chilling piece of history but also a timeless moral lesson about how unmoored idealism can abet murderous evil. Kati Marton tells it all powerfully, with sensitivity to the psychology as well as the politics of a ruined life.” (Sean Wilentz, author of The Politicians and the Egalitarians )

“In this real-life thriller, Kati Marton brings a lost chapter of the Cold War back to vivid life. In telling the story of Noel Field, Marton—a distinguished chronicler of the vicissitudes of the 20th century, particularly in Europe—draws on a cast of characters ranging from Alger Hiss to Josef Stalin. This is a terrific piece of history.” (Jon Meacham, author of Destiny and Power and Thomas Jefferson )

“Noel Field is one of the most fascinating spies produced by the Cold War. He twisted his soul trying to do good in the world. Marton's beautiful storytelling reminds us of the America that spawned traitors.  If you can understand Field, you can understand America.  A one of a kind book.” (Joe Weisberg, creator and executive producer of The Americans )

“Marton tells Field’s story beautifully, reminding readers of the potential horrors of well-meaning but unquestioning idealism.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))

 “A true story of intrigue, treachery, murder, torture, fascism, and an unshakable faith in the ideals of Communism. . . . exciting to read, a fresh take on espionage activities from a critical period of history.”  (Washington Independent Review of Books)

“[Noel Field’s] sordid story is grippingly related by Kati Marton, whose parents, Hungarian journalists, covered various show trials that resulted in Field and other “traitors to the cause” being jailed. She also gained access to Field family papers and those of persons brought down with him.” (The Washington Times)

"Fascinating" (The Washington Free Beacon)

“True Believer is both thorough and engaging…. Every generation has its share of such fanatics, secure in their belief that they are doing good even as they leave chaos and destruction in their wake. This portrait of a monster is an important lesson of what communism wrought.” (The Weekly Standard)

"Marton, author of Enemies of the People, builds a detailed narrative with twists and turns galore....poignant and almost defies belief."  (Newsday)

"Riveting page-turner” (The National Review)

"Fascinating and stirringly relevant...remarkable." (Guardian US)

"Kati Marton richly documents the story of the Swiss-born, Harvard-educated Noel Field....[Marton] builds a detailed narrative with twists and turns galore." (Daily Gazette)

"Relevant . . . fascinating . . . As vividly reconstructed by Marton, Noel Field's life is a window on the delusion and narcissism that fuel the self-radicalized of any era." (The New York Times Book Review)

"Riveting reading . . . True Believer is a mesmerizing look at Cold War espionage and a chilling reminder of the destructive power of fanaticism." (USA Today)

“Marton tells the incredible true story of Field's fanaticism with communism and Stalinism. Marton's own parents were the only Western journalists to ever interview Field and his wife, Herta Field. . . . The conspiracy, subterfuge, and cataclysmic destruction of Field's family and friends are all addressed in this well-researched book.” (Library Journal)

“This is more than just a spy story of white hats versus black hats. Kati Marton has written a gripping but nuanced account  of the fanaticism and betrayal by one of the most notorious American traitors in Cold War history.” (Amanda Foreman, author of A World on Fire )

“A riveting account of how fanaticism arises, who's vulnerable to it, and why. A rich portrait of a lost era, with fascinating implications for our own.” (Cass R. Sunstein, Robert Walmsley University Professor, Harvard University, and author of Going to Extremes )

“At a time when violent extremism and fanaticism seem automatically to have an Islamic prefix, True Believer reminds us of equally brutal causes that swept up deluded young men and women, shattered families and destroyed lives. Kati Marton gives us a gripping story with a timely moral.” (Anne-Marie Slaughter, President and CEO, New America, author of Unfinished Business: Women Men Work Family )

“In the name of justice and socialist revolution, Noel Field lost his own humanity. His story is a chilling piece of history but also a timeless moral lesson about how unmoored idealism can abet murderous evil. Kati Marton tells it all powerfully, with sensitivity to the psychology as well as the politics of a ruined life.” (Sean Wilentz, author of The Politicians and the Egalitarians )

“In this real-life thriller, Kati Marton brings a lost chapter of the Cold War back to vivid life. In telling the story of Noel Field, Marton—a distinguished chronicler of the vicissitudes of the 20th century, particularly in Europe—draws on a cast of characters ranging from Alger Hiss to Josef Stalin. This is a terrific piece of history.” (Jon Meacham, author of Destiny and Power and Thomas Jefferson )

“Noel Field is one of the most fascinating spies produced by the Cold War. He twisted his soul trying to do good in the world. Marton's beautiful storytelling reminds us of the America that spawned traitors.  If you can understand Field, you can understand America.  A one of a kind book.” (Joe Weisberg, creator and executive producer of The Americans )

“Marton tells Field’s story beautifully, reminding readers of the potential horrors of well-meaning but unquestioning idealism.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))

 “A true story of intrigue, treachery, murder, torture, fascism, and an unshakable faith in the ideals of Communism. . . . exciting to read, a fresh take on espionage activities from a critical period of history.”  (Washington Independent Review of Books)

“[Noel Field’s] sordid story is grippingly related by Kati Marton, whose parents, Hungarian journalists, covered various show trials that resulted in Field and other “traitors to the cause” being jailed. She also gained access to Field family papers and those of persons brought down with him.” (The Washington Times)

"Fascinating" (The Washington Free Beacon)

“True Believer is both thorough and engaging…. Every generation has its share of such fanatics, secure in their belief that they are doing good even as they leave chaos and destruction in their wake. This portrait of a monster is an important lesson of what communism wrought.” (The Weekly Standard)

"Marton, author of Enemies of the People, builds a detailed narrative with twists and turns galore....poignant and almost defies belief."  (Newsday)

"Riveting page-turner” (The National Review)

"Fascinating and stirringly relevant...remarkable." (Guardian US)

"Kati Marton richly documents the story of the Swiss-born, Harvard-educated Noel Field....[Marton] builds a detailed narrative with twists and turns galore." (Daily Gazette)

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"Relevant . . . fascinating . . . As vividly reconstructed by Marton, Noel Field's life is a window on the delusion and narcissism that fuel the self radicalized of any era." (The New York Times Book Review)

"Riveting reading . . . True Believer is a mesmerizing look at Cold War espionage and a chilling reminder of the destructive power of fanaticism." (USA Today)

“Marton tells the incredible true story of Field's fanaticism with communism and Stalinism. Marton's own parents were the only Western journalists to ever interview Field and his wife, Herta Field. . . . The conspiracy, subterfuge, and cataclysmic destruction of Field's family and friends are all addressed in this well researched book.” (Library Journal)

“This is more than just a spy story of white hats versus black hats. Kati Marton has written a gripping but nuanced account  of the fanaticism and betrayal by one of the most notorious American traitors in Cold War history.” (Amanda Foreman, author of A World on Fire )

“A riveting account of how fanaticism arises, who's vulnerable to it, and why. A rich portrait of a lost era, with fascinating implications for our own.” (Cass R. Sunstein, Robert Walmsley University Professor, Harvard University, and author of Going to Extremes )

“At a time when violent extremism and fanaticism seem automatically to have an Islamic prefix, True Believer reminds us of equally brutal causes that swept up deluded young men and women, shattered families and destroyed lives. Kati Marton gives us a gripping story with a timely moral.” (Anne Marie Slaughter, President and CEO, New America, author of Unfinished Business: Women Men Work Family )

“In the name of justice and socialist revolution, Noel Field lost his own humanity. His story is a chilling piece of history but also a timeless moral lesson about how unmoored idealism can abet murderous evil. Kati Marton tells it all powerfully, with sensitivity to the psychology as well as the politics of a ruined life.” (Sean Wilentz, author of The Politicians and the Egalitarians )

“In this real life thriller, Kati Marton brings a lost chapter of the Cold War back to vivid life. In telling the story of Noel Field, Marton—a distinguished chronicler of the vicissitudes of the 20th century, particularly in Europe—draws on a cast of characters ranging from Alger Hiss to Josef Stalin. This is a terrific piece of history.” (Jon Meacham, author of Destiny and Power and Thomas Jefferson )

“Noel Field is one of the most fascinating spies produced by the Cold War. He twisted his soul trying to do good in the world. Marton's beautiful storytelling reminds us of the America that spawned traitors.  If you can understand Field, you can understand America.  A one of a kind book.” (Joe Weisberg, creator and executive producer of The Americans )

“Marton tells Field’s story beautifully, reminding readers of the potential horrors of well meaning but unquestioning idealism.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))

 “A true story of intrigue, treachery, murder, torture, fascism, and an unshakable faith in the ideals of Communism. . . . exciting to read, a fresh take on espionage activities from a critical period of history.”  (Washington Independent Review of Books)

“[Noel Field’s] sordid story is grippingly related by Kati Marton, whose parents, Hungarian journalists, covered various show trials that resulted in Field and other “traitors to the cause” being jailed. She also gained access to Field family papers and those of persons brought down with him.” (The Washington Times)

"Fascinating" (The Washington Free Beacon)

“True Believer is both thorough and engaging…. Every generation has its share of such fanatics, secure in their belief that they are doing good even as they leave chaos and destruction in their wake. This portrait of a monster is an important lesson of what communism wrought.” (The Weekly Standard)

"Marton, author of Enemies of the People, builds a detailed narrative with twists and turns galore....poignant and almost defies belief."  (Newsday)


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  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Reprint edition (September 6, 2016)
  • Publication Date: September 6, 2016
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  • Language: English
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