The Invisible Harry Gold: The Man Who Gave the Soviets the Atom Bombby Allen M. Hornblum
Pub. Date: 09/28/2010
Publisher: Yale University Press
In the history of Soviet espionage in America, few people figure more crucially than Harry Gold. A Russian Jewish immigrant who spied for the Soviets from 1935 until 1950, Gold was an accomplished industrial and military espionage agent. He was assigned to be physicist Klaus Fuchs’s “handler” and ultimately conveyed sheaves of stolen information
In the history of Soviet espionage in America, few people figure more crucially than Harry Gold. A Russian Jewish immigrant who spied for the Soviets from 1935 until 1950, Gold was an accomplished industrial and military espionage agent. He was assigned to be physicist Klaus Fuchs’s “handler” and ultimately conveyed sheaves of stolen information about the Manhattan Project from Los Alamos to Russian agents. He is literally the man who gave the USSR the plans for the atom bomb. The subject of the most intensive public manhunt in the history of the FBI, Gold was arrested in May 1950. His confession revealed scores of contacts, and his testimony in the trial of the Rosenbergs proved pivotal. Yet among his co-workers, fellow prisoners at Lewisburg Penitentiary, and even those in the FBI, Gold earned respect, admiration, and affection.
In The Invisible Harry Gold, journalist and historian Allen Hornblum paints a surprising portrait of this notorious yet unknown figure. Through interviews with many individuals who knew Gold and years of research into primary documents, Hornblum has produced a gripping account of how a fundamentally decent and well-intentioned man helped commit the greatest scientific theft of the twentieth century.
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I couldn't put this book down! Harry Gold is a fascinating character and one of the most important in the world of Soviet espionage in the United States...so why have we heard so little about him? I originally picked up the book because Harry is from my old neighborhood of South Philadelphia and I couldn't believe we had cultivated such a notorious spy. Harry was a strange little man caught up in his family's struggle to survive and his own social ineptitude. The author gives a detailed description of the hard life most immigrants faced in Industrial Philadelphia from the beginning of the 20th century through the depression and into the 50s and 60s. The author illustrates how vulnerable characters like Harry -- highly intelligent, socially on the fringe, and desperate to be please and be appreciated -- were perfect prey for Soviet indoctrination. Whether or not you end up sympathizing with Harry or hating him, you cannot argue that this is an important story.