The invisible Harry Gold : the man who gave the Soviets the atom bomb / Allen M. Hornblum.

By: Hornblum, Allen MMaterial type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooksPublisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2010Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 446 pages)Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9780300156782; 0300156782Subject(s): Spies -- United States -- Biography | Chemists -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia -- Biography | Prisoners -- Pennsylvania -- Biography | Espionage, Soviet -- United States -- History | Atomic bomb -- United States -- HistoryAdditional physical formats: Print version:: Invisible Harry Gold.DDC classification: 327.1/2092 | B LOC classification: E748.G63 | H67 2010Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
pt. 1. The spy -- South Philadelphia -- A debt repaid -- The novice spy -- The evolution of a secret agent -- Semenov, Slack, and Brothman -- Dr. Klaus Fuchs -- The Los Alamos papers -- The postwar years -- The hunt for Raymond -- The fatal words -- pt. 2. The prisoner -- Conversion -- To make amends -- Prisoner 19312-NE -- State of mind -- The campaign for parole -- Return -- Epilogue.
Summary: A gripping account of the man who gave the USSR the plans for the atom bomb. The subject of the most intensive public manhunt in the history of the FBI, Gold was arrested in May 1950. His confession revealed scores of contacts, and his testimony in the trial of the Rosenbergs proved pivotal.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

pt. 1. The spy -- South Philadelphia -- A debt repaid -- The novice spy -- The evolution of a secret agent -- Semenov, Slack, and Brothman -- Dr. Klaus Fuchs -- The Los Alamos papers -- The postwar years -- The hunt for Raymond -- The fatal words -- pt. 2. The prisoner -- Conversion -- To make amends -- Prisoner 19312-NE -- State of mind -- The campaign for parole -- Return -- Epilogue.

A gripping account of the man who gave the USSR the plans for the atom bomb. The subject of the most intensive public manhunt in the history of the FBI, Gold was arrested in May 1950. His confession revealed scores of contacts, and his testimony in the trial of the Rosenbergs proved pivotal.

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The stealing of the secret of the atomic bomb by the Soviets during World War II has been defined as one of the major crimes of the 20th century. Who was the courier who conveyed the information? Harry Gold, a Jewish immigrant of Russian background, who was a quiet industrial chemist in Philadelphia. He passed documents to his Soviet controllers taken from the Manhattan Project by U.S.-based physicist Klaus Fuchs. When he was arrested in May 1950, Gold confessed and helped convict the Rosenbergs for their part in the operation. He later came to regret his betrayal of America. Through interviews and primary-source research, Hornblum (Confessions of a Second Story Man) presents the fascinating details of how this poorly paid nonprofessional performed so well and of the actions of desperate Communist sympathizers who heaped ridicule upon Gold's revelations of extensive Soviet espionage networks. Readers should also look at Katherine A.S. Sibley's Red Spies in America: Stolen Secrets and the Dawn of the Cold War. VERDICT A well-documented, accessible, and involving story, recommended to specialists as well as interested general readers.-Daniel K. Blewett, Coll. of DuPage Lib., Glen Ellyn, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Allen M. Hornblum has been executive director of Americans for Democratic Action, chief of staff of the Philadelphia Sheriff's Office, and a college lecturer. His previous books include Sentenced to Science, Acres of Skin, and Confessions of a Second Story Man. He lives in Philadelphia.

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