Richard Julius Herman Krebs, a.k.a. Jan Valtin, rose both within the ranks of the Communist Party and the Gestapo. Krebs dedicated his life to the Communist Party, rising to a position as head of secret service, only to flee the Party and Europe to evade his own comrade’s attempts to kill him. As a professional revolutionary and spy and would-be assassin, Krebs traveled the globe from Germany to China, India to Sierra Leon, Moscow to the United States where a botched assassination attempt landed him a stint in San Quentin State Prison.
From this spell-binding account of artful deception to gain release from a Nazi prison and his work as a double-agent within the Gestapo, to his vivid depiction of working as a secret agent within the Communist Party fraught with intrigue and subterfuge, Krebs gives an unflinching portrayal of the internal machinations of both political parties and both spy agencies.
Writing at age 36 under the name Jan Valtin, Krebs here lays bare a young life filled with idealism and devotion - disillusionment and loss - in a world full of revolutionary promise gone immeasurably wrong.
”An exciting, real book...”—H.G.Wells
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About the Author
The son of a merchant marine, Richard Julius Herman Krebs a.ka. Jan Valtin came of age in during a maritime rebellion and soon joined the German Communist Party working as a professional revolutionary. His life intimately tied with the dramatic events of 1920's and 30's Germany where he rose in ranks in the Communist party and on the Gestapo hit list. After tricking the Nazi's to gain release from prison and fleeing his own former comrades attempts to have him killed, Krebs spent his final years in the United States were he published his amazing autobiography.