The Lenin Plot: The Unknown Story of America's War Against Russia

The Lenin Plot: The Unknown Story of America's War Against Russia

by Barnes Carr
The Lenin Plot: The Unknown Story of America's War Against Russia

The Lenin Plot: The Unknown Story of America's War Against Russia

by Barnes Carr


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The surprising story of perhaps the darkest episode in American espionage history: the “midnight war” to depose Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin.

It remains the most audacious spy plot in American history—a bold and extremely dangerous operation to invade Russia, defeat the Red Army, and mount a coup in Moscow against Soviet dictator Vladimir Ilich Lenin. After that, leaders in Washington, Paris, and London aimed to install their own Allied-friendly dictator in Moscow as a means to get Russia back into the war effort against Germany.

The Lenin Plot had the “entire approval” of President Woodrow Wilson. As he ordered a military invasion of Russia, he gave the American ambassador, the U.S. Consul General in Moscow, and other State Department operatives a free hand to pursue their covert action against Lenin. The result was thousands of deaths, both military and civilian, on both sides.

A must-read for anyone seeking to understand the true beginning of the Cold War, The Lenin Plot tells the shocking story of this untold episode in American history in fascinating and striking detail.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781643133171
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 10/06/2020
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 658,914
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

Barnes Carr was for many years a journalist for daily newspapers in Mississippi, Memphis, Boston, Montreal, New York, New Orleans, and Washington, D.C. He was trapped in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina and the short story he wrote about the experience was awarded a William Faulkner Gold Medal. His first book, Operation Whisper: The Capture of Soviet Spies Morris and Lona Cohen, was published by the University Press of New England. Barnes lives in Houston, Texas.

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Part I The First Attempt 1

1 A Forgotten Man 3

2 The Chicago Group 7

3 Agents of Influence 11

4 Go See the Elephant 17

5 Xenophon the Terrible 22

6 Washington Napping 27

7 A Last Hurrah 34

8 Who's in Charge? 39

9 Lenin's German Key 45

10 The Yanks are Coming 55

11 Send in the Spies 63

12 Indoor Minds 72

13 Wanted: One Dictator 80

14 Money, Guns, Chaos 88

Part II Victory or Death 97

15 A Remarkable American 99

16 A Confederate at Court 107

17 Headhunters and Moles 114

18 The Invasion of Russia 125

19 First Shots Fired 134

20 The Savinkov Method 141

21 Murder Them All 148

22 Gentleman and Hustler 153

23 Pariahs of the World 163

24 Everything on the Dot 175

25 Security Breakdowns 186

26 A Traitor Exposed 194

27 "They Shot Lenin!" 200

28 Death Watch 212

29 A Terrorist's Story 218

30 Black Saturday 228

31 No Mercy for Enemies 234

32 Caught in a Trap 246

33 The Sting 254

Part III Snow Trenches 265

34 Where Is The Front? 267

35 Sanity Arrives 276

36 To the Wall 285

37 Risky Mission 295

38 A Poisoned Apple 300

39 Fighting for What? 306

40 Famine and Freedom 317

A Final Word 327

Selected Bibliography 339

Endnotes 347

Acknowledgments 377

Index 379

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