A Death in Washington: Walter G. Krivitsky and the Stalin Terror

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Walter G. Krivitsky was a small, dapper and very nervous man who happened to be the first and one of the key defectors to warn the West early on about the Stalin regime. He became friends with Whittaker Chambers, encouraging him to come forward and thus precipitating the Alger Hiss case. Krivitsky provided the British with clues that would certainly have unmasked the Philby spy group, but following his debriefing in London he was found out by Anthony Blunt, who warned Moscow. And Krivitsky was found dead in the Bellevue Hotel in front of Union Station in Washington, D.C. This is the first book to recover all original documents released by the British archives and the FBI in 2002-2003.
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Kern's is the first biography of an experienced undercover officer who ran several important Soviet spy networks in Western Europe. Born Samuel Ginsberg in Galicia (now in Ukraine) in 1899, Walter G. Krivitsky joined the Bolsheviks, supporting their war against Poland, and was then employed against Germany. He defected to France in 1937 before he could be purged as part of the Great Terror that was consuming the Soviet Union. It appears that his details about the extent of Communist infiltrations in the West were not fully exploited by either the British or the Americans, thus possibly allowing traitors like Kim Philby to continue their secret work for years to come. His revealing book, In Stalin's Secret Service, was hotly denounced by Communist sympathizers. The former general was found dead on February 10, 1941, in a cheap Washington hotel room. Although the death was ruled a suicide, most people think that Stalin had his revenge. Kern, a translator and specialist in Russian literature, tells an interesting story about a very dangerous, crazy time. With an introduction by noted intelligence expert Nigel West, this well-documented work is suitable for all espionage collections.-Daniel K. Blewett, Coll. of DuPage Lib., Glen Ellyn, IL Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781929631254
  • Publisher: Enigma Books
  • Publication date: 9/1/2008
  • Edition description: Revised and Updated Edition
  • Pages: 535
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Gary Kern studied at Princeton. His groundbreaking research with a KGB colonel was instrumental in uncovering major atomic spy Theodore Hall. This book has an introduction by the well-known author Nigel West.

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Table of Contents

Pt. I The killing machine : lies, torture and execution (June 1899-October 1937)
Pt. II No man's land : spies, betrayal and assassination (October 1937-November 1938)
Pt. III The new world : friends, bureaucrats and fellow travelers (November 1938-November 1940)
Pt. IV End of the line : hope, despair and suicide (November 1940-February 1941)
Pt. V Aftermath (February 1941-February 1996)
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