A Time For Spies / Edition 1

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In this enlightening new book, former FBI Special Agent William E. Duff offers a gripping portrait of Theodore Stephanovich Mally and the historical and psychological factors that influenced and motivated him. By examining this instrumental yet largely ignored figure, Duff provides a unique glimpse into the rapidly evolving world of prewar Soviet intelligence, its people, and its tradecraft.
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Editorial Reviews

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A Time for Spies gives the fullest possible story at this point of the life, work, and thought of Theodore Stephanovich Mally, and it provides an interesting and insightful look into the nature of one of 'the great illegals.'
--Robin W. Winks, Yale University
Library Journal
As the Soviet Union as a political entity has receded into the background, a host of works has appeared examining its intelligence activities prior to and during the Cold War. Duff, a retired FBI agent who specialized in Soviet and Soviet-bloc espionage, has written an intriguing book about the Soviet agent who recruited and trained Kim Philby and his fellow moles in Great Britain during the early 1930s. The "Great Illegals" were individuals who lived in countries not their own and served the Soviet Comintern as skilled and dedicated spymasters. Although at times overly detailed in his presentation, Duff provides the reader with a sophisticated analysis of Theodore Stephanovich Mally and his work as an undercover agent for Stalin. Eventually, Mally ran afoul of the Stalinist regime and was killed in the notorious Lubyanka Prison in 1938, but not before he had established a vibrant network of spies in Great Britain. For academic collections.--Edward Goedeken, Iowa State Univ. Lib., Ames Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826513526
  • Publisher: Vanderbilt University Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/1999
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 276
  • Sales rank: 1,523,330
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

William E. Duff is a retired special agent of the FBI who served in the Bureau's foreign counterintelligence department, where he specialized in investigating Soviet and Soviet-bloc espionage.
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acronyms and Intelligence Organization
Glossary of Terminology
Sect. 1 The Crucible of History
Serial 1 The World That Was 3
Serial 2 Drumbeat of History 11
Serial 3 The Long Journey Begins 18
Serial 4 The Internationalist 27
Serial 5 Journey to a New Jerusalem 37
Sect. 2 In the Service of the Cause
Serial 6 First Assignments 45
Serial 7 The INO 52
Serial 8 A Bevy of Great Illegals 57
Serial 9 Red Beard and Friend 62
Serial 10 Paris and Unrequited Love 65
Serial 11 Documenting the Great Illegals 69
Serial 12 The London Rezidentura 75
Serial 13 The First Recruit 85
Serial 14 The First Recruit's Handiwork 96
Serial 15 The Circle Grows 102
Serial 16 Recruits at Work 111
Serial 17 New Man in London 123
Serial 18 The Turtle Attacks 132
Sect. 3 The Vision Shattered
Serial 19 Diverse Crises of Conscience 145
Serial 20 From Paris to the Chamblandes Road 157
Serial 21 Home to New Jerusalem 171
Epilogue 185
Notes 187
Bibliography 225
Index 233
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