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Red Spy Queen: A Biography of Elizabeth Bentley / Edition 1
     

Red Spy Queen: A Biography of Elizabeth Bentley / Edition 1

by Kathryn S. Olmsted
 

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ISBN-10: 0807827398

ISBN-13: 9780807827390

Pub. Date: 10/07/2002

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press

When Elizabeth Bentley slunk into an FBI field office in 1945, she was thinking only of saving herself from NKGB assassins who were hot on her trail. She had no idea that she was about to start the greatest Red Scare in U.S. history.

Bentley (1908-1963) was a Connecticut Yankee and Vassar graduate who spied for the Soviet Union for seven years. She met with dozens

Overview

When Elizabeth Bentley slunk into an FBI field office in 1945, she was thinking only of saving herself from NKGB assassins who were hot on her trail. She had no idea that she was about to start the greatest Red Scare in U.S. history.

Bentley (1908-1963) was a Connecticut Yankee and Vassar graduate who spied for the Soviet Union for seven years. She met with dozens of highly placed American agents who worked for the Soviets, gathering their secrets and stuffing sensitive documents into her knitting bag. But her Soviet spymasters suspected her of disloyalty--and even began plotting to silence her forever. To save her own life, Bentley decided to betray her friends and comrades to the FBI. Her defection effectively shut down Soviet espionage in the United States for years.

Despite her crucial role in the cultural and political history of the early Cold War, Bentley has long been overlooked or underestimated by historians. Now, new documents from Russian and American archives make it possible to assess the veracity of her allegations. This long overdue biography rescues Elizabeth Bentley from obscurity and tells her dramatic life story.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807827390
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
10/07/2002
Edition description:
1
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.88(d)

Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

Chapter 1. The Sad and Lonely Girl

Chapter 2. Vitally Important Work

Chapter 3. Clever Girl

Chapter 4. A Serious and Dangerous Burden

Chapter 5. Get Rid of Her

Chapter 6. The Blonde Spy Queen

Chapter 7. False Witness

Chapter 8. Somewhat Hysterical

Epilogue

Notes

Selected Bibliography

Index

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