Engineering Communism: How Two Americans Spied for Stalin and Founded the Soviet Silicon Valley

Engineering Communism: How Two Americans Spied for Stalin and Founded the Soviet Silicon Valley

by Steven T. Usdin
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300195524

ISBN-13: 9780300195521

Pub. Date: 09/05/2005

Publisher: Yale University Press

Engineering Communism is the fascinating story of Joel Barr and Alfred Sarant, dedicated Communists and members of the Rosenberg spy ring, who stole information from the United States during World War II that proved crucial to building the first advanced weapons systems in the USSR. On the brink of arrest, they escaped with KGB’s help and eluded

Overview

Engineering Communism is the fascinating story of Joel Barr and Alfred Sarant, dedicated Communists and members of the Rosenberg spy ring, who stole information from the United States during World War II that proved crucial to building the first advanced weapons systems in the USSR. On the brink of arrest, they escaped with KGB’s help and eluded American intelligence for decades.

Drawing on extensive interviews with Barr and new archival evidence, Steve Usdin explains why Barr and Sarant became spies, how they obtained military secrets, and how FBI blunders led to their escape. He chronicles their pioneering role in the Soviet computer industry, including their success in convincing Nikita Khrushchev to build a secret Silicon Valley.

The book is rich with details of Barr’s and Sarant’s intriguing andexciting personal lives, their families, as well as their integration into Russian society. Engineering Communism follows the two spies through Sarant’s death and Barr’s unbelievable return to the United States.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300195521
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
09/05/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.77(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Preface....................ix
1. Initiation....................1
2. Washington, Spring 1940....................26
3. Fort Monmouth, 1940-1942....................36
4. Western Electric, 1942-1945....................55
5. Sperry Gyroscope, 1946-1948....................96
6. Prague, 1950-1955....................131
7. Special Laboratory 11, 1956-1962....................176
8. Zelenograd, the Soviet Silicon Valley, 1962-1965....................203
9. Leningrad Design Bureau, 1965-1973....................226
10. The Minifab, 1975-1990....................248
11. The Strange Case of Iozef (Josef) Berg AKA Joel Barr, 1990-1998....................270
Notes....................287
Index....................321

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