Author: John Earl Haynes
Haynes, John Earl (2009), Harvey Klehr, and Alexander Vassiliev. Spies: The Rise and Fall of the KGB in America. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press
- Soviet Union. Komitet gosudarstvennoĭ bezopasnosti–History.
- Espionage, Soviet–United States–History.
- Spies–Soviet Union–History.
- Spies–United States–History.
Date Updated: June 23, 2015
In this important book, Haynes (historian, Library of Congress Manuscript Division), Harvey Klehr (politics and history, Emory Univ.), and journalist Alexander Vassiliev come close to proving that Stalin’s KGB did indeed have American operatives on our soil. In 1993, Vassiliev, a former KGB officer, was given unparalleled access to pre- and postwar KGB files. Years later, he was able to smuggle out the extensive notes he had made, which Hays and Klehr then used to construct this account. Vassiliev’s sources prove conclusively that the Rosenbergs and Alger Hiss were guilty of spying and further illuminate the extent of Soviet espionage attempts on the Manhattan Project (while vindicating J. Robert Oppenheimer). Additionally, the names of dozens of American-born and foreign nationals who undertook Soviet espionage in 1930s and 1940s America come to light. This work does more than just finger KGB operatives; it offers insight into the spies’ personalities and motives. All that remains is to prove the authenticity of Vassiliev’s notebooks, which can be done through continued corroboration with other sources, including those still not made available by Russia. [Go to Vassiliev Notebooks for scans, translations, and other material demonstrating the authors’ research.]
In the preface, the authors give credit to several people, including Dan Mulveena. This is one of several books recommended by Dan Mulvenna, in his “The Intelligence Officer’s Bookshelf: An annotated bibliography,” compiled by Dan Mulvenna (updated December, 2011). The components of the bibliography include:
Each of these links go to the first book in each category, and the entire list of books in that category are linked to their entries in Spying Game. This book is out of sequence owing to the significant quote in the book about Mulveena’s contribution as an espionage professional.