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Moorhead Public Library 921 WER (Text) 33500013294277 New Checked out 11/18/2020
Moorhead Public Library 921 WER (Text) 33500013294285 New Checked out 11/18/2020

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  • ISBN: 9780593136317
  • ISBN: 0593136306
  • ISBN: 9780593136300
  • Physical Description: xviii, 377 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First Edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Crown, an imprint of Random House, [2020]

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 339-354) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Whirl -- Whore of the Orient -- Agent Ramsay -- When Sonya is Dancing -- The Spies Who Loved Her -- Sparrow -- Aboard the Conte Verde -- Our Woman in Manchuria -- Vagabond Life -- From Peking to Poland -- In for a Penny -- The Molehill -- A Marriage of Convenience -- The Baby Snatcher -- The Happy Time -- Barbarossa -- The Road to Hell -- Atomic Spies -- Milicent of MI5 -- Operation Hammer -- Rustle of Spring -- Great Rollright -- A Very Tough Nut -- Ruth Werner -- Afterword: the lives of others.
Summary, etc.: In 1942, in a quiet village in the English Cotswolds, Ursula Burton was friendly but reserved, and spoke English with a slight foreign accent. Her unassuming life hid the fact that she was a high-ranking Soviet intelligence officer. Her husband was also a spy, and she was running powerful agents across Europe gathering the scientific secrets that would enable the Soviet Union to build the bomb. Macintyre tells the story of "Sonya," a woman who influenced the course of the Cold War and helped plunge the world into a decades-long standoff between nuclear superpowers. - adapted from jacket

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 September #1
    *Starred Review* English village housewife Ursula Burton seemed no different from her neighbors. But this woman who kept a neat garden, baked scones for the local school, and biked country lanes was in fact a highly trained Soviet spy, one of the most dangerous. Principal contact for a number of Soviet agents, she handled Klaus Fuchs, who passed detailed plans of atomic and thermonuclear bombs to Stalin, radically upending post-WWII diplomacy and setting off the Cold War. Born into a prosperous German Jewish family, Ursula Kuczynski became fanatically anti-Nazi and a dedicated communist. After spending time in America, in Shanghai she was part of an expatriate group that included Agnes Smedley, journalist and firm supporter of both Indian and Chinese communist revolutionaries. Ursula, married to an architect, had several affairs, including with Richard Sorge, often considered a model for James Bond. Eventually Ursula ended up in England, where she eluded British intelligence services for years. Macintyre (The Spy and the Traitor, 2018) tells this convoluted, multi-layered story with the sensibilities of a novelist, making every character uniquely compelling while keeping suspense high and the narrative charging ever forward. In this must-read for fans of spy novels, truth becomes more exciting and astonishing than fiction.Women in Focus: The 19th in 2020 Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Ben Macintyre is a writer-at-large for The Times (U.K.) and the bestselling author of The Spy and the Traitor, A Spy Among Friends, Double Cross, Operation Mincemeat, Agent Zigzag, and Rogue Heroes, among other books. Macintyre has also written and presented BBC documentaries of his work.

Subject: Werner, Ruth 1907-2000
Spies Soviet Union Biography
Spies Great Britain Biography
Espionage, Soviet Great Britain History 20th century
Nuclear weapons History 20th century
Soviet Union. Glavnoe razvedyvatelʹnoe upravlenie.
Cold War
Women spies Soviet Union Biography
Spies Germany (East) Biography
HISTORY / Modern / 20th Century
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Communism, Post-Communism & Socialism
TRUE CRIME / Espionage
Werner, Ruth 1907-2000
Soviet Union. Glavnoe razvedyvatelʹnoe upravlenie.
Espionage, Soviet
Nuclear weapons
Women spies
Germany (East)
Great Britain
Soviet Union
Genre: Biographies.
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