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Agent Sonya : Moscow's most daring wartime spy / Ben Macintyre.

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  • 0 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
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1 current hold with 2 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Moorhead Public Library 921 WER (Text) 33500013294277 New Checked out 10/28/2020
Moorhead Public Library 921 WER (Text) 33500013294285 New Checked out 10/28/2020

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780593136300
  • ISBN: 0593136306
  • 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]

Content descriptions

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.:
"The New York Times bestselling author of The Spy and the Traitor tells the thrilling true story of the most important female spy in history: an agent code-named "Sonya," who set the stage for the Cold War. In 1942, in a quiet village in the leafy English Cotswolds, a thin, elegant woman lived in a small cottage with her three children and her husband, who worked as a machinist nearby. Ursula Burton was friendly but reserved, and spoke English with a slight foreign accent. By all accounts, she seemed to be living a simple, unassuming life. Her neighbors in the village knew little about her. They didn't know that she was a high-ranking Soviet intelligence officer. They didn't know that her husband was also a spy, or that she was running powerful agents across Europe. Behind the facade of her picturesque life, Burton was a dedicated Communist, a Soviet colonel, and a veteran agent, gathering the scientific secrets that would enable the Soviet Union to build the bomb. This true-life spy story is a masterpiece about the woman code-named "Sonya." Over the course of her career, she was hunted by the Chinese, the Japanese, the Nazis, MI5, MI6, and the FBI-and she evaded them all. Her story reflects the great ideological clash of the twentieth century-between Communism, Fascism, and Western democracy-and casts new light on the spy battles and shifting allegiances of our own times. With unparalleled access to Sonya's diaries and correspondence and never-before-seen information on her clandestine activities, Ben Macintyre has conjured a page-turning history of a legendary secret agent, a woman who influenced the course of the Cold War and helped plunge the world into a decades-long standoff between nuclear superpowers."-- Provided by publisher.
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
Reviews

  • 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 razvedyvatel╩╣noe 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 razvedyvatel╩╣noe upravlenie.
Espionage, Soviet.
Nuclear weapons.
Spies.
Women spies.
Germany (East)
Great Britain.
Soviet Union.
Genre: Biography.
Biographies.
History.
Biographies.

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