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For half a century, the case of Isaiah Oggins, a 1920s New York intellectual brutally murdered in 1947 on Stalin's orders, remained hidden in the secret files of the KGB and the FBI--a footnote buried in the rubble of the Cold War. Then, in 1992, it surfaced briefly, when Boris Yeltsin handed over a deeply censored dossier to the White House. at last reveals the truth: Oggins was one of the first Americans to spy for the Soviets.Based on six years of international sleuthing, traces Oggins's rise in beguiling detail--a brilliant Columbia University graduate sent to run a safe house in Berlin and spy on the Romanovs in Paris and the Japanese in Manchuria--and his fall: death by poisoning in a KGB laboratory. As harrowing as and as tragic as is one of the great nonfiction detective stories of our time.

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For a brief, intoxicating moment after the fall of communism, Soviet archives were opened to outsiders. Western academics and journalists pored over long-secret files. In 1992, Boris Yeltsin personally handed over one dossier to U.S. diplomats. It concerned an American, Isaiah "Cy" Oggins, who died in Stalin's gulag. The gift of the Oggins file, even with censored paragraphs, was meant to show that... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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Filled with dramatic revelations, may be the most important American spy story to come along in a generation.

Synopsis:

For half a century, the case of Isaiah Oggins, a 1920s New York intellectual brutally murdered in 1947 on Stalin"s orders, remained hidden in the secret files of the Soviet and American intelligence services'"a footnote buried in the rubble of the Cold War. It surfaced briefly in 1992, when Boris Yeltsin handed over a dossier to the White House, but the full story of what happened remained a mystery. After eight years of international sleuthing, Andrew Meier at last reveals the truth in The Lost Spy: Oggins was one of the first Americans to spy for the Soviets.

About the Author

Andrew Meier, the author of Black Earth: A Journey Through Russia After the Fall, is a recent Fellow at the New York Public Library's Cullman Center for Scholars & Writers and currently a writer-in-residence at the New School University. He lives in New York City.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393060973
Author:
Meier, Andrew
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Europe - Russia & the Former Soviet Union
Subject:
Espionage
Subject:
Americans
Subject:
Spies
Subject:
Spies -- United States.
Subject:
Spies -- Soviet Union.
Subject:
Crime - True Crime
Copyright:
Publication Date:
August 2008
Binding:
Hardcover
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by , Filled with dramatic revelations, may be the most important American spy story to come along in a generation.
"Synopsis" by , For half a century, the case of Isaiah Oggins, a 1920s New York intellectual brutally murdered in 1947 on Stalin"s orders, remained hidden in the secret files of the Soviet and American intelligence services'"a footnote buried in the rubble of the Cold War. It surfaced briefly in 1992, when Boris Yeltsin handed over a dossier to the White House, but the full story of what happened remained a mystery. After eight years of international sleuthing, Andrew Meier at last reveals the truth in The Lost Spy: Oggins was one of the first Americans to spy for the Soviets.

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