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An Impeccable Spy: Richard Sorge, Stalin's Master Agent

An Impeccable Spy: Richard Sorge, Stalin's Master Agent

The riveting true story of the twentieth century's greatest spymaster, Richard Sorge Richard Sorge was a man with two homelands. Born of a German father and Russian mother in Baku in 1895, he moved in a world of shifting alliances and infinite possibility. Despite fighting for Ge... read full description below.

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Published 6 May 2019 by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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Author(s) By Matthews, Owen
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ISBN-13 9781408857793
ISBN-10 1408857790
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Imprint Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publication Date 6 May 2019
International Publication Date 21 March 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Matthews, Owen
Category History
Number of Pages 448
Dimensions Width: 153mm
Height: 234mm
Weight 712g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Spies - Biography - Soviet Union, Espionage, Soviet - Japan, World War, 1939-1945 - Military intelligence - Japan
NBS Text History: World & General
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 327.12092
Catalogue Code 980369

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The riveting true story of the twentieth century's greatest spymaster, Richard Sorge Richard Sorge was a man with two homelands. Born of a German father and Russian mother in Baku in 1895, he moved in a world of shifting alliances and infinite possibility. Despite fighting for Germany in the First World War, Sorge, a fanatical Communist, became widely regarded as the Soviet Union's greatest spymaster and was one of the few men of great ability to survive Stalin's Great Purges. Ruthlessly manipulative and charming, a lothario with a reckless streak, Sorge did not have to go snooping to find out closely-guarded state secrets. His victims willingly shared them with him. Sorge infiltrated and influenced the highest echelons of German, Chinese and Japanese society in the years leading up to and including the Second World War. His intelligence regarding Operation Barbarossa and Japanese intentions not to invade Siberia in 1941 proved pivotal to the Moscow Counteroffensive, which in turn determined the outcome of the war. Although abandoned by his controllers in Moscow when he was captured by the Japanese in 1941, Sorge was posthumously awarded the title of Hero of the Soviet Union in 1964. Drawing on declassified Soviet archives, testimonies of victims, as well as those who knew and worked with him, Owen Matthews rescues the story of the man described by Ian Fleming as `the most formidable spy in history.'

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review An epic account ... Brilliantly written * praise for Stalin's Children, Guardian * Stalin's Children should be required reading for anyone involved with economic, cultural or political relations with [Russia] ... A poignant and insightful reading experience * praise for Stalin's Children, New York Post * Few books say so much about Russia then and now, and its effect on those it touches * praise for Stalin's Children, Economist *
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 2 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Owen Matthews studied Modern History at Oxford University before beginning his career as a journalist in Bosnia. He has written for the Moscow Times, The Times, the Spectator and the Independent. In 1997, he became a correspondent at Newsweek magazine in Moscow where he covered the second Chechen war, Afghanistan, Iraq and the conflict in Eastern Ukraine. His first book on Russian history, Stalin's Children, was translated into twenty-eight languages and shortlisted for The Guardian First Books Award and France's Prix Medicis.

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