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Early Cold War Spies: The Espionage Trials That Shaped American Politics (Cambridge Essential Histories)

Early Cold War Spies: The Espionage Trials That Shaped American Politics (Cambridge Essential Histories)

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John Earl Haynes
Cambridge University Press, 11/9/2006
EAN 9780521857383, ISBN10: 0521857384

Hardcover, 264 pages, 23.7 x 16.2 x 2 cm
Language: English

Communism was never a popular ideology in America, but the vehemence of American anticommunism varied from passive disdain in the 1920s to fervent hostility in the early years of the Cold War. Nothing so stimulated the white hot anticommunism of the late 1940s and 1950s more than a series of spy trials that revealed that American Communists had co-operated with Soviet espionage against the United States and had assisted in stealing the technical secrets of the atomic bomb as well as penetrating the US State Department, the Treasury Department, and the White House itself. This book, first published in 2006, reviews the major spy cases of the early Cold War (Hiss-Chambers, Rosenberg, Bentley, Gouzenko, Coplon, Amerasia and others) and the often-frustrating clashes between the exacting rules of the American criminal justice system and the requirements of effective counter-espionage.

1. Introduction
early Cold War spy cases
2. The precursors
3. Elizabeth Bentley
the case of the blond spy queen
4. The Alger Hiss - Whittaker Chambers case
5. The atomic espionage cases
6. Judith Coplon
the spy who got away with it
7. The Soble-Soblen case
last of the early Cold War spy trials
8. Conclusion
the decline of the ideological spy.