Spying in America : espionage from the Revolutionary War to the dawn of the Cold War /
Michael J. Sulick.
Washington, DC : Georgetown University Press, c2012.
xiii, 320 p. ; 24 cm.
1589019261 (hbk. : alk. paper), 9781589019263 (hbk. : alk. paper)
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Washington, DC : Georgetown University Press, c2012.
1589019261 (hbk. : alk. paper)
9781589019263 (hbk. : alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 293-302) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2013-06-01:
Recently, the media has exposed a wave of cyber espionage directed against the Pentagon and other government institutions. Yet scholars often overlook conventional espionage, though it has played a significant role in US history. Sulick, the former chief of the CIA's counterintelligence branch, has written a remarkable account of those who betrayed their country and those who sought to apprehend them. The study is a primer focusing solely on spies and how they were uncovered, from Benjamin Church through the Rosenbergs, including some, like George Koval, a Soviet illegal, who managed to avoid detection by the FBI until the Russians publicly acknowledged his efforts in 2007. The 1930s and 1940s were the heyday of Soviet intelligence operations in the US. While the FBI was concentrating on Axis agents, Soviet intelligence was reaping the rewards of long-term assets placed in the State and Treasury Departments, the FBI, and even the White House. Only by breaking the Soviet NKVD code and obtaining the testimony of defectors did the FBI realize the threat posed by the Soviets to US security. A vital addition to academic libraries as well as for readers interested in the early Cold War. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels/libraries. C. C. Lovett Emporia State University
Appeared in Library Journal on 2012-12-21:
Recognizing a gap in the subject literature, Sulick, a 28-year veteran of the CIA, including years overseeing its clandestine and counterintelligence departments, has written an informative collection of case studies, rather than a narrative history, reviewing some of the most important espionage activities against the United States and within its borders. He highlights the tradecraft of the spies, their access to secret information, American bureaucratic turf wars, and (in many cases very belated) counterespionage efforts. He assesses in each case what damage was done to the country. What is most interesting are the motivations of citizens to betray their own country in contrast to those sent here to spy on us. This work is well documented with a wide variety of open source books, articles, government publications, and online reports. A minor quibble is that a chronology would have been helpful. The book covers espionage from the Revolution through the Cold War, with limited coverage of recent years. The author certainly knows the subject inside and out. Verdict While the experts know all about these cases, this is an easy-to-read introduction for interested laypersons or those taking beginning courses on the history of intelligence operations.-Daniel Blewett, Coll. of DuPage Lib., Glen Ellyn, IL (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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'Spying in America' presents a history of more than 30 espionage cases inside the United States. These cases include Americans who spied against their country, spies from both the Union and Confederacy during the Civil War, and foreign agents who ran operations on American soil. Some of the stories are familiar, such as those of Benedict Arnold and Julius Rosenberg, while others, though less well known, are equally fascinating.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrationsp. ix
Prefacep. xi
List of Abbreviationsp. xiii
Introduction: The Peril, of Disbeliefp. 1
The Revolutionary Warp. 13
Espionage and the Revolutionary Warp. 15
The First Spy: Benjamin Churchp. 21
The Undetected Spy: Edward Bancroftp. 29
The Treasonous Spy: Benedict Arnoldp. 39
The Civil Warp. 61
Espionage and the Civil Warp. 63
Allan Pinkerton and Union Counterintelligencep. 71
The Chameleon Spy: Timothy Websterp. 77
The Spy in the Union Capital: Rose Greenhowp. 81
The Counterspy as Tyrant: Lafayette Bakerp. 87
The Confederacy's Reverend Spy: Thomas Conradp. 93
Union Espionagep. 99
Espionage During the World Wars, 1914-45p. 107
Espionage before World Warp. 109
Prelude to War: Germany's First Spy Networkp. 113
US Counterespionage and World Warp. 119
Spy Hysteria between the World Warsp. 123
German Espionage in World War IIp. 127
The Spy in US Industry: The Norden Bombsightp. 133
The Double Agent: William Seboldp. 137
German Intelligence Failures in World War IIp. 143
The Spy in the State Department: Tyler Kentp. 149
Japanese Espionage in World War IIp. 155
The Golden Age of Soviet Espionage- The 1930S and 1940Sp. 163
The Origins of Cold War Espionagep. 165
America's Counterespionage Weapon: Venonap. 173
The Golden Age Exposed: Igor Gouzenkop. 181
The "Red Spy Queen": Elizabeth Bentleyp. 185
Spy versus Spy: Whittaker Chambers and Alger Hissp. 193
The Spy in the Treasury: Harry Dexter Whitep. 201
The Spy in the White House: Lauchlin Curriep. 207
The Spy in US Counterespionage: Judith Coplonp. 211
The Atomic Bomb Spies: Prelude to the Cold Warp. 219
The Atomic Bomb Spiesp. 221
The Executed Spies: The Rosenbergsp. 227
The Atomic Bomb Spy Who Got Away: Theodore Hallp. 243
The Spy from the Cornfields: George Kovalp. 253
Conclusion: Espionage in the Cold War And Beyondp. 265
Notesp. 275
Bibliographyp. 293
About the Authorp. 303
Indexp. 305
Lauchlin Curriep. 209
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