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A Death in Washington: Walter G. Krivitsky and the Stalin Terror

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A new edition of the study explores the life of "master spy" Walter G. Krivitsky, who exposed dangers of the Stalin regime to the West and eventually ended up dead of "suicide" in Washington, D.C., a suspicious event that has raised questions about his last years as a spy. Reprint.

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Kern's is the first biography of an experienced undercover officer who ran several important Soviet spy networks in Western Europe. Born Samuel Ginsberg in Galicia (now in Ukraine) in 1899, Walter G. Krivitsky joined the Bolsheviks, supporting their war against Poland, and was then employed against Germany. He defected to France in 1937 before he could be purged as part of the Great Terror that was consuming the Soviet Union. It appears that his details about the extent of Communist infiltrations in the West were not fully exploited by either the British or the Americans, thus possibly allowing traitors like Kim Philby to continue their secret work for years to come. His revealing book, In Stalin's Secret Service, was hotly denounced by Communist sympathizers. The former general was found dead on February 10, 1941, in a cheap Washington hotel room. Although the death was ruled a suicide, most people think that Stalin had his revenge. Kern, a translator and specialist in Russian literature, tells an interesting story about a very dangerous, crazy time. With an introduction by noted intelligence expert Nigel West, this well-documented work is suitable for all espionage collections.-Daniel K. Blewett, Coll. of DuPage Lib., Glen Ellyn, IL Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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