The Lives of Agnes Smedley.
By: Price, Ruth.Material type: TextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Publisher: Cary : Oxford University Press, 2014Copyright date: ©2005Description: 1 online resource (513 pages).Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9780195343861.Subject(s): Authors, American -- 20th century -- Biography | Espionage, Soviet -- United States | Feminists -- United States -- Biography | Journalists -- United States -- Biography | Radicals -- United States -- Biography | Smedley, Agnes, -- 1892-1950Genre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: The Lives of Agnes SmedleyDDC classification: 818.5209 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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Contents -- Acknowledgments -- A Note on Spelling -- List of Abbreviations -- Introduction -- 1 Beginnings -- 2 Emergence as a Radical -- 3 Indian Activism in Greenwich Village -- 4 Moscow Beckons -- 5 Love and Pain in Berlin -- 6 Becoming a Writer -- 7 Bend in the Road -- 8 Comintern Agent in China -- 9 Richard Sorge and the GRU -- 10 Cloak and Dagger in Shanghai -- 11 A Fissure Opens -- 12 An Unruly Agent -- 13 Mutiny in Sian -- 14 Calamity Jane of the Chinese Revolution -- 15 Selfless for the Cause -- 16 Back in the U.S.A. -- 17 The Cold War -- 18 Exile -- Epilogue -- A Note on Sources and Citations -- Notes -- Index -- A -- B -- C -- D -- E -- F -- G -- H -- I -- J -- K -- L -- M -- N -- O -- P -- Q -- R -- S -- T -- U -- V -- W -- Y -- Z.
Was she a selfless political activist? A feminist heroine? A gifted writer who rose from poverty to become a leading journalist and author of the cult classic Daughter of Earth? A spy for the Soviet Union? Or all of these things? Drawing on fifteen years of intensive research and unprecedented access to previously unpublished documents, this vibrant book brings to life one of the twentieth century's most fascinating women. Ruth Price traces Agnes Smedley's unlikely trajectory from a small Missouri town to the coal country of Colorado; to Berkeley and Greenwich Village; to Berlin, Moscow, and China. Fueled by a fury at injustice, Smedley threw herself headlong into the crucial issues of the time, from Indian independence to birth control, women's rights, and the revolution in China. Her friends included such figures as Margaret Sanger, Langston Hughes, Emma Goldman, Jawaharlal Nehru, Mao Zedong, and many others. Perhaps most important, Price uncovers an astonishing truth: Smedley, long thought to be the unfair target of a Cold War smear campaign, was indeed guilty of the espionage charges leveled against her by General Douglas MacArthur and others. Smedley worked to foment armed revolution in India and gathered intelligence for the Soviet Union, seeing it as a bulwark against fascism. Price argues that Smedley acted out of a passionate idealism and that she exhibited a courage and compassion worthy of a renewed, if more complicated, admiration today. Epic in scope, painstakingly researched, and unflinchingly honest, The Lives of Agnes Smedley offers a stunning reappraisal of one of America's most controversial Leftists and a new look at the troubled historical terrain of the first half of the twentieth century.
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