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

An Impeccable Spy: Richard Sorge, Stalin's Master Agent (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Matthews, Owen

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...rmany 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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ISBN 9781408857793
Released NZ 6 May 2019
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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ISBN-13 9781408857793
Stock Out of stock
Status Not currently available
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Imprint Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Released 6 May 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
Dewey Code 327.12092
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