True Believer

True Believer

Stalin's Last American Spy

Book - 2016
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Transports the reader to a turbulent era in which fascism and Communism are on the rise and America retreats from the world. Noel Field joined the secret underground of the international Communist movement during a time of national collapse, when Communism promised the righting of all social and political wrongs. Many in Field's generation were seduced by its siren song, but none paid a higher price for his betrayal of his country and his family than Field. Marton gained access to previously unavailable Soviet secret police records, reporting on figures from Alger Hiss, CIA Director Allen Dulles, and "Wild Bill" Donovan to Josef Stalin. She also had access to Field family correspondence, which offers an intimate portrait of the human drama.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2016
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781476763774
1476763771
9781476763767
1476763763
Branch Call Number: 327.12092 F45m
Characteristics: x, 289 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm

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Jul 19, 2017

I really enjoyed this insight into a true believer. It has helped me understand how some of President Trump's supporters can ignore the facts and continue to believe. The story was well written and I was amazed that someone of Mr. Fields education and experience could continue to believe in Stalin's brand of communism even when confronted with the obvious facts that Stalin was all about Stalin and power.

It is a must read for those interested in the early days of the US's dealings with the Soviet Union. The author did a great job of connecting the dots in such away that it was easy to see how much of a believer Mr. Fields was and continued to be despite the impact on his family.

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