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Posted December 26, 1999
Best Book on Soviet Espionage 1930's-50's
Of the recent books on Soviet spying in the Stalin Era, this book is the best. It reminds me of the book The Puzzle Palace, which was probably the first that gave pertinent information about the NSA. This book goes through the Venona telegrams that were kept a secret by our goverment until the mid 1990's. Of course, we were not able to decode every one of the telegrams. There are people still alive that are probably sweating out that information today. This book has taken away some skepticism on trials of spies , especially the Rosenbergs, now that this information straight from KGB files show that they were spies for the Soviet Union. I did feel like the information released probably showed that Ethel Rosenberg probably wasn't as involved as her husband and probably shouldn't have been executed. Also, the book showed that a lot of the spies were not prosecuted so that we could keep the secret that we had broken their code in some of their telegrams. This book is the one to read concerning who and what was involved.
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