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The Resource In the enemy's house : the secret saga of the FBI agent and the code breaker who caught the Russian spies, Howard Blum

In the enemy's house : the secret saga of the FBI agent and the code breaker who caught the Russian spies, Howard Blum

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In the enemy's house : the secret saga of the FBI agent and the code breaker who caught the Russian spies
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In the enemy's house
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the secret saga of the FBI agent and the code breaker who caught the Russian spies
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Howard Blum
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In the enemys house
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the secret saga of the FBI agent and the code breaker who caught the Russian spies
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eng
Summary
"In 1946, genius linguist and codebreaker Meredith Gardner discovered that the KGB was running an extensive network of strategically placed spies inside the United States, whose goal was to infiltrate American intelligence and steal the nation's military and atomic secrets. Over the course of the next decade, he and young FBI supervisor Bob Lamphere worked together on Venona, a top-secret mission to uncover the Soviet agents and protect the Holy Grail of Cold War espionage--the atomic bomb... A breathtaking chapter of American history and a page-turning mystery that plays out against the tense, life-and-death gamesmanship of the Cold War, this twisting thriller begins at the end of World War II and leads all the way to the execution of the Rosenbergs--a result that haunted both Gardner and Lamphere to the end of their lives."--Publisher's description
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  • /* Starred Review */ In this gripping exploration of Cold War spycraft, Blum (The Last Goodnight) lays out the complex chain of circumstances that led to the exposure of a major Soviet spy ring responsible for stealing America’s atomic secrets during and after WWII, and culminated with the execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. As Blum follows the exploits of FBI agent Bob Lamphere and genius code breaker Meredith Gardner, he lays out the difficulties they faced in patiently unraveling the espionage network, one suspect at a time. To follow the trail to its source, they decrypted each stage of the code, compared it to a treasure trove of uncoded Soviet cables, and had to “re-create the KGB codebook” in order to match code names to actual people (“Kalibre” was Ethel Rosenberg’s brother, David Greenglass). Through extensive research and interviews, Blum brings a widespread cast of significant participants to life, from Lamphere and Gardner (from their awkward first meeting: “Meredith once again appeared to give the question considerable thought. But whether that was really the case... Bob could only guess. He found the man across from him inscrutable”) and their Soviet counterparts to the Rosenbergs and their many colleagues. Concise yet packed with details, this is a true page-turner, sure to appeal to those interested in the history of espionage or the Cold War. Photos. (Feb.) 
			 --Staff (Reviewed 04/16/2018) (Publishers Weekly, vol 265, issue 16, p)
  • The New York Times best-selling, Edgar Award-winning Blum relies on recently declassified files to show how brilliant linguist/code-breaker Meredith Gardner learned that a huge network of KGB spies were set to infiltrate American intelligence. FBI supervisor Bob Lampshere then worked with Gardner on a top-secret mission code-named Venona to find them. With a 50,000-copy first printing. --Barbara Hoffert (Reviewed 09/01/2017) (Library Journal, vol 142, issue 14, p82)
  • "Both died without making any confessions": a finely detailed study of crime and punishment in the days of the Manhattan project. It was an unlikely pairing: a geeky linguist and codebreaker working for an early iteration of the National Security Agency just after World War II and an earnest FBI agent who teamed up to search out evidence of Soviet espionage inside the atomic bomb program. At the end of that trail lay the executions of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg and the capture of Klaus Fuchs, but success in breaking up the spy ring and ferreting out the mole deep inside the organization was not without episodes of ineptitude and ball-dropping: "then, without either warning or explanation, two months after the Blue Problem had been launched, it was ended," writes veteran historian of spookdom Blum (The Last Goodnight: A World War II Story of Espionage, Adventure, and Betrayal, 2016, etc.), a contributing editor at Vanity Fair. Getting to that mole was one thing; doing so without tipping the Soviets off to the fact that their codes had been broken was quite another. The author's story, which grows to enfold the Venona program, isn't entirely new, but it reinforces several points: how thoroughly Soviet agents were able to penetrate the government and scientific circles and the undeniable guilt of those who were eventually brought to justice—and, to boot, the ordinariness of some of the key players ("when Spillane arrived punctually at two, Kalibre, along with his pregnant wife—the woman code-named Wasp—sat with him at the kitchen table"). Blum is especially good on the motivations that caused some Americans to take the Soviet side. One explained that he felt that the American government committed "gross negligence" in not sharing atomic secrets with its recent ally, while Julius Rosenberg's haughty arrogance may lose him any sympathy readers might have had before opening the book. Taut and well-crafted—of great interest to students of spydom and the early Cold War. (Kirkus Reviews, January 15, 2018)
Biography type
collective biography
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10619829
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Blum, Howard
Dewey number
327.12
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
DK266.3.B546 2018
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Gardner, Meredith Knox
  • Lamphere, Robert J
  • United States
  • Soviet Union
  • Espionage, Soviet
  • Intelligence officers
  • United States
  • Soviet Union
  • HISTORY / Russia & the Former Soviet Union
  • HISTORY / United States / 20th Century
  • POLITICAL SCIENCE / Intelligence & Espionage
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the secret saga of the FBI agent and the code breaker who caught the Russian spies
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In the enemy's house : the secret saga of the FBI agent and the code breaker who caught the Russian spies, Howard Blum
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Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 293-304) and index
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Contents
A note to the reader -- Prologue: "The storks fly away" -- Part I: The blue problem -- Part II: "In the enemy's house" -- Part III: Dominoes -- Epilogue: A toast
Control code
on1023436294
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
317 pages, 8 pages of unnumbered plates
Isbn
9780062458247
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
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(OCoLC)1023436294
Label
In the enemy's house : the secret saga of the FBI agent and the code breaker who caught the Russian spies, Howard Blum
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 293-304) and index
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volume
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  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
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  • txt
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Contents
A note to the reader -- Prologue: "The storks fly away" -- Part I: The blue problem -- Part II: "In the enemy's house" -- Part III: Dominoes -- Epilogue: A toast
Control code
on1023436294
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
317 pages, 8 pages of unnumbered plates
Isbn
9780062458247
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
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(OCoLC)1023436294

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