- Series: Yale Nota Bene
- Paperback: 504 pages
- Publisher: Yale University Press; New Ed edition (August 11, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0300084625
- ISBN-13: 978-0300084627
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Venona: Decoding Soviet Espionage in America (Yale Nota Bene) Paperback – August 11, 2000
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This extraordinary book is the first to examine the thousands of documents of the super-secret Venona Project-an American intelligence project that uncovered not only an enormous range of Soviet espionage activities against the United States during World War II but also the Americans who abetted this effort. The stunning revelations of the Venona papers, only made public in 1995, illuminate in a new way the Stalin era and early Cold War years. "John Earl Haynes and Harvey Klehr have squeezed the pulp from five thousand pages of deciphered cables that verify the grim picture of the Communist underground given many decades ago by defectors such as Elizabeth Bentley and Whittaker Chambers."-Sam Tanenhaus, The New Republic
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The American counterparts in this espionage activity were either naive or delusional--or both--about the nature of Soviet Union during that time period. Many of them admired Joseph Stalin and thought he was an heroic figure. His long list of atrocities that he committed while the leader of the Soviets were believed by the American Communist collaborators to have been fabricated by the Western press and the national leadership. Many of the American Communists during this time were of Russian Jewish immigrant backgrounds. The early Jewish immigrants often had socialist political views and suffered greatly from the overcrowding in New York City and terrible working conditions during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The Bolshevik revolution of 1917 was greeted with great hope by people of the left throughout the world. That dream of a workers' paradise was never to be realized. Unfortunately, many of the Soviet Union's early admirers were slow in catching the news.
Living through the Great Depression in 1930's in the US was probably not too likely to change young leftist radicals to a favorable opinion of conservative US Republican business leadership and ideas. The Republican party more or less went into hibernation until the end of WWII when they re-emerged as a competitive party. You also throw in the fact--believe it or not--that the USSR was a "good" ally of the US during WWII. Consequently, many of the US Communist collaborators could then more easily rationalize their collaboration--and their perfidy. In their eyes, they were creating the seedbed for a better world.
Political delusion--or naivete if you like that word--appears to be a common human trait. Why did the most educated and civilized country in the world, Germany, get in line to follow Herr Hitler? Hitler was also very popular with western industrial corporations until the start of WWII. I seem to remember DuPont, Ford, IBM, GE, Union Carbide, GM, and many, many others being very cozy with Hitler and the Nazis. The Duke and Duchess of Windsor, much of the English upper class, the US German Bund, American anti-communists, etc. were also caught up in the great wave of admiration in the '30's for the little man from Austria.
The American collaborators in this massive espionage operation by the Russians should have been prosecuted and punished to the full extent of the law--regardless of their degree or lack thereof of political sophistication. Many of them were very well educated, seemingly very intelligent people. And a good many were not of Russian Jewish background, but were US home grown true believers in Stalinist Russia. Emotions often appear to trump intellect--unfortunately.
Some reviewers for this book want to restore another Joe's reputation: Joe McCarthy. McCarthy was a drunken bigot, a disgrace to the Senate and Wisconsin. He was right about Alger Hiss and the Rosenbergs, however. A broken clock is right twice a day. Both Hiss and the Rosenbergs were guilty. However, I believe the executions of the Rosenbergs were exercises in barbarism.
One thing I think you can learn from this book, though, is that nationalism appears to trump all. A Communist Russia is every bit as nationalistic as a modern kleptocratic non-Communist Russia. The KGB and GRU Russian groups of the Stalin era wanted no independent American Communist groups. The Americans were to bow down to the great Stalin and Russia. Some things never change.
It will be interesting to see where the Trump investigations go in terms of his and his advisors' alleged collaboration with Russia and Putin. Russia, unfortunately, appears to be a land of gangsters and thugs--regardless of the political leadership at the helm of that country.
In our goverment at such high levels.... Senator Joe Mccarhy was right but could not prove it because all his proof was classified!
Makes one wonder how many spies there are now...
"VENONA: Decoding Soviet Espionage in America" reveals that, all along, the intelligence community had incontrovertible proof of the Rosenbergs' guilt, and that Alger Hiss was unquestionably a Soviet spy. Countless others -- whose guilt has been debated for decades, or outright dismissed by nearly every serious historian as just one more "McCarthy-ite" lie -- were known from the very beginning to be guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, though the government withheld the proof to keep VENONA a secret.
This is the story of what was by far the most pervasive and disturbing infiltration of the United States government by hostile foreign elements in history. It is also the story of by far the most important counter-intelligence initiative the United States has ever undertaken. Both of these stories were forgotten and needed to be told. All Americans owe Haynes a debt of gratitude for what he has done here.
The truth of the book's claims have been established by the Moynihan Commission, and can be personally verified by any member of the public per the official declassification of VENONA in 1995.