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The Lives of Agnes Smedley.

By: Price, Ruth.
Material type: TextTextSeries: 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.
Summary: 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 Drawing on fifteen years of intensive research and unprecedented access to previously unpublished documents, this vibrant book brings to life one of the twentieth century's most fascinating women.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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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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Library Journal Review

Price has clearly devoted a significant amount of time and effort to researching Agnes Smedley, and her careful examination pays off in this intimate yet inclusive biography. When Smedley died during the Cold War in 1950, her life's work of Socialist activism was intertwined with accusations of espionage, and she has been puzzling even her supporters ever since. Born in the United States, she found a home wherever there was political unrest, social inequality, or underdogs to be championed. Consequently, the 1920s-40s found her in Germany, China, and the Soviet Union, mixing with revolutionaries and intellectuals. Her talent as a writer and her charismatic personality gave her access to the dramatic world of expatriate intrigue, and her private life was no less tumultuous. Price takes great care in reconstructing the historical and individual time lines and uses extensive personal papers to re-create Smedley's unsettled life story. Especially of note are revelations confirming her intelligence activities for the Soviet Union. This scholarly biography is accessible to those unfamiliar with Smedley. Recommended for academic libraries.-Elizabeth Morris, Illinois Fire Service Inst., Champaign (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

CHOICE Review

Agnes Smedley's autobiographical novel Daughter of Earth was well received in 1929 and revived to acclaim in the feminist resurgence of the 1970s. Smedley was famous in her day for her outspoken advocacy, first for Indian anticolonialism, then especially on behalf of Chinese communists in the thirties and forties. Her polemic made her an easy target in the US search for scapegoats after the communist victory in China. Had she not died in 1950, she would likely have been roughly handled in the McCarthy investigations. Most biographical attention has viewed her as a martyr. But the plural Lives in Price's title refers presumably to the layers of secrecy in Smedley's activities. Price's detective work in long-unavailable Russian and Chinese sources offers conclusions that are in some ways not so far from those of Smedley's Rightist accusers. What especially separates them, however, is Price's sympathetic emphasis on Smedley's generosity of spirit, cantankerous independence of mind, intemperate judgment, and burning compassion for human suffering. This is a useful volume not just for women's studies, but also for collections on China and on the Left. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. All levels/libraries. A. Graebner formerly, College of St. Catherine

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Ruth Price taught English for several years at CUNY, has worked for the New York City and state governments, and was press secretary for Bella Abzug. She has published several works of genre fiction. The Lives of Agnes Smedley, her first nonfiction book, is the result of more than 15 years of work.

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