Synopses & Reviews
Communism was never a popular ideology in America, but the vehemence of American anticommunism varied from passive disdain in the 1920s to fervent hostility in the early years of the Cold War. Nothing so stimulated the white hot anticommunism of the late 1940s and 1950s more than a series of spy trials that revealed that American Communists had co-operated with Soviet espionage against the United States and had assisted in stealing the technical secrets of the atomic bomb as well as penetrating the U.S. State Department, the Treasury Department, and the White House itself. This book reviews the major spy cases of the early Cold War (Hiss-Chambers, Rosenberg, Bentley, Gouzenko, Coplon, Amerasia and others) and the often-frustrating clashes between the exacting rules of the American criminal justice system and the requirements of effective counter-espionage.
"Haynes and Klehr offer valuable insights into how these public trials revealed the difficulties American authorities had in prosecuting spies within the legal limitations imposed by a democratic system based on the rule of law and the protection of civil liberties. How these Soviet spies were, for the most part, caught and convicted through our judicial processes is an enthralling story."
-Library Journal (starred review)"This is another must-read from Haynes and Klehr...Early Cold War Spies pours a sound foundation and builds relentlessly through the Amerasia and Gouzenko cases right on through the list: the testimony of Elizabeth Bentley; the trials of Alger Hiss, Klaus Fuchs, Theodore Hall, the Rosenbergs, Rudolf Abel, Morris Cohen and Morten Sobel; and the investigations of Robert Oppenheimer and Borris Morros."
'During the Cold War a series of spy trials revealed that American Communists had co-operated with Soviet espionage and assisted in stealing secrets of the atomic bomb as well as penetrating the White House. This book reviews these trials and the clashes between the American criminal justice system and counter-espionage.\n
A review of the major spy cases of the early Cold War.
About the Author
John Earl Haynes is a 20th Century Political Historian in the Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. He is the author or editor of four books: Calvin Coolidge and the Coolidge Era: Essays on the History of the 1920s (editor, 1998); Red Scare or Red Menace? American Communism and Anticommunism in the Cold War Era (1996); Communism and Anti-Communism in the United States: An Annotated Guide to Historical Writings (1987); and Dubious Alliance: The Making of Minnesota's DFL Party (1984).Harvey Klehr is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Politics and History at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. He received his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He is the author of five books, Communist Cadre: The Social Background of the American Communist Party Elite (1978); The Heyday of American Communism: The Depression Decade (1984); Biographical Dictionary of the American Left (1986); Far Left of Center: The American Radical Left Today (1988); The Amerasia Spy Case: Prelude to McCarthyism (1996). He was honored with the Emory Williams Distinguished Teaching Award for Emory College in 1983.