Early Cold War Spies Espionage Trials That Shaped American Politics

ISBN-10: 0521674077

ISBN-13: 9780521674072

Edition: 2006

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Communism was never a popular ideology in America, but the vehemence of American anticommunism varied from passive disdain in the 1920s to fervent hostility in the early years of the Cold War. Nothing so stimulated the white hot anticommunism of the late 1940s and 1950s more than a series of spy trials that revealed that American Communists had co-operated with Soviet espionage against the United States and had assisted in stealing the technical secrets of the atomic bomb as well as penetrating the U.S. State Department, the Treasury Department, and the White House itself. This book reviews the major spy cases of the early Cold War (Hiss-Chambers, Rosenberg, Bentley, Gouzenko, Coplon, Amerasia and others) and the often-frustrating clashes between the exacting rules of the American criminal justice system and the requirements of effective counter-espionage.
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List price: $30.99
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 8/28/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 264
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Series Editor's Foreword
Introduction: Early Cold War Spy Cases
Early Cold War Spy Trials
A Word about Trials and History
Spy Trials and McCarthyism
Politics of the Early Cold War
The Precursors
Amerasia: The First Cold War Spy Case
Gouzenko: A Canadian Spy Case with American Repercussions
Elizabeth Bentley: The Case of the Blond Spy Queen
The Silvermaster Group
The Perlo Group
The Trials of William Remington
Venona and Bentley's Vindication
The Bentley Case: A Conclusion
The Alger Hiss-Whittaker Chambers Case
Whittaker Chambers
Alger Hiss
Dueling Testimony
The Slander Suit, the Baltimore Documents, and the Pumpkin Papers
The Grand Jury
The First Hiss Trial
The Second Hiss Trial
Chambers after the Trial
Hiss after the Trial
The Historical Argument
The Atomic Espionage Cases
Klaus Fuchs: The Background
Theodore Hall: The Background
Rosenberg and Greenglass: The Background
J. Robert Oppenheimer and Communists at the Berkeley Radiation Laboratory
The Red Bomb and the Postwar Trials
J. Robert Oppenheimer after the Manhattan Project
The Trials of Rudolf Abel and Morris and Lona Cohen
Judith Coplon: The Spy Who Got Away with It
Coplon's Recruitment into Espionage
The Washington Trial
The New York Trial
On Appeal: Justice Frustrated
The Soble-Soblen Case: Last of the Early Cold War Spy Trials
Infiltrating the Trotskyist Movement
Mark Zborowski
Boris Morros: Double Agent
The Soble Ring Trials
The Robert Soblen Trial
Conclusion: The Decline of the Ideological Spy
Spy Trials and Understanding Soviet Espionage
Counterespionage and the American Criminal Justice System
The Elusive Balance between Security and Liberty
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