Venona [electronic resource] : decoding Soviet espionage in America /
John Earl Haynes and Harvey Klehr.
New Haven, Conn. : Yale University Press, c1999.
xiii, 487 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
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New Haven, Conn. : Yale University Press, c1999.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 395-475) and index.
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John Earl Haynes is 20th Century Political Historian, Library of Congress Harvey Klehr is Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Politics and History at Emory University
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Appeared in Choice on 1999-12-01:
Although rumored during the 1980s, it was not until 1995 that American intelligence officially admitted the existence of Venona, a project that decrypted Soviet wartime and immediate postwar communications between intelligence officers in the US and their superiors in the USSR. Between 1995 and 1997 the 3,000 Venona messages, many only partially decrypted, were released, opening a door to a previously hidden and critical aspect of Cold War history. The intercepts revealed the existence of a major intelligence campaign against the US, identifying most of the Soviet spies uncovered by US intelligence between 1948 and the mid-1950s. Because fewer than half of the cover names used in the cables could be attributed to real persons, Venona also contributed to a lack of trust among American officials and to the development of the Cold War security state. The authors argue that even those who did not know of the cables--which was the majority of officials, as well as the public--were affected by the range of information uncovered. In the process of covering the origins and impact of Venona, Hayes and Klehr can only scratch the surface of a story that will be examined and argued for years to come. Highly recommended for anyone with an interest in Cold War history. D. McIntosh; Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
Appeared in Library Journal on 1999-04-15:
Those who were convinced that the Soviets were spying on us during the 1930s and 1940s were right. Haynes and Klehr have provided the most extensive evidence to date that the KGB had operatives at all levels of American society and government. Where Allen Weinstein and Alexander Vassilievs The Haunted Wood (LJ 11/15/98) provided a peek at Soviet spying, Haynes and Klehr throw open the door, revealing a level of espionage in this country that only the most paranoid had dreamed of. Building on the research for their earlier books, The Secret World of American Communism (LJ 6/1/95) and The Soviet World of American Communism (Yale Univ., 1998), Haynes and Klehr describe the astonishing dimensions of spying reflected in the cable traffic between the United States and Moscow. Venona is the name of the sophisticated National Security Agency project that in 1946 finally broke the Soviet code. This is better than anything John le Carr could produce, because in this case, truth is really stranger than fiction. Highly recommended.Edward Goedeken, Iowa State Univ. Lib., Ames (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Only in 1995 did the U.S. government reveal the existence of the Verona messages. This is the story of the Verona Project and the decoding of Soviet plans and espionage activities, so sensitive that even President Truman was unaware of its existence.
Publisher Fact Sheet
This extraordinary book is the first to examine the thousands of documents of the super-secret Venona Project-- an American intelligence project that uncovered not only an enormous range of Soviet espionage against the United States during World War II but also the Americans who abetted this effort.
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Examines the Venona messages--documents of unparalleled importance for an understanding of the history and politics of the Stalin era and early Cold War years. 30 illustrations.
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Only in 1995 did the United States government officially reveal the existence of the super-secret Venona Project. For nearly fifty years American intelligence agents had been decoding thousands of Soviet messages, uncovering an enormous range of espionage activities carried out against the United States during World War II by its own allies. So sensitive was the project in its early years that even President Truman was not informed of its existence. This extraordinary book is the first to examine the Venona messages - documents of unparalleled importance for our understanding of the history & politics of the Stalin era & the early Cold War years. Hidden away in a former girls' school in the late 1940s, Venona Project cryptanalysts, linguists, & mathematicians attempted to decode more than twenty-five thousand intercepted Soviet intelligence telegrams. When they cracked the "unbreakable" Soviet code, a breakthrough leading eventually to the decryption of nearly three thousand of the messages, analysts uncovered information of powerful significance: the first indication of Julius Rosenberg's espionage efforts; references to the espionage activities of Alger Hiss; startling proof of Soviet infiltration of the Manhattan Project to build the atomic bomb; evidence that spies had reached the highest levels of the U.S. State & Treasury Departments; indications that more than three hundred Americans had assisted in the Soviet theft of American industrial, scientific, military, & diplomatic secrets; & confirmation that the Communist party of the United States was consciously & willingly involved in Soviet espionage against America. Drawing not only on the Venona papers but also on newly opened Russian & U. S. archives, John Earl Haynes & Harvey Klehr provide in this book the clearest, most rigorously documented analysis ever written on Soviet espionage & the Americans who abetted it in the early Cold War years.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. vii
A Note about Transcription of the Documentsp. ix
Glossaryp. xi
Introduction: The Road to Venonap. 1
Venona and the Cold Warp. 8
Breaking the Codep. 23
The American Communist Party Undergroundp. 57
The Golos-Bentley Networkp. 93
Friends in High Placesp. 116
Military Espionagep. 164
Spies in the U.S. Governmentp. 191
Fellowcountrymenp. 208
Hunting Stalin's Enemies on American Soilp. 250
Industrial and Atomic Espionagep. 287
Soviet Espionage and American Historyp. 331
Source Venona: Americans and U.S. Residents Who Had Covert Relationships with Soviet Intelligence Agenciesp. 339
Americans and U.S. Residents Who Had Covert Relationships with Soviet Intelligence Agencies but Were Not Identified in the Venona Cablesp. 371
Foreigners Temporarily in the United States Who Had Covert Relationships with Soviet Intelligence Agenciesp. 383
Americans and U.S. Residents Targeted as Potential Sources by Soviet Intelligence Agenciesp. 387
Biographical Sketches of Leading KGB Officers Involved in Soviet Espionage in the United Statesp. 391
Notesp. 395
Indexp. 477
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