Book Discussion on Spies: The Rise and Fall of the KGB in America
John Earl Haynes and Harvey Klehr talked about the book they wrote with Alexander Vassiliev, Spies: The Rise and Fall of the KGB in America… read more
John Earl Haynes and Harvey Klehr talked about the book they wrote with Alexander Vassiliev, Spies: The Rise and Fall of the KGB in America (Yale University Press; May 26, 2009). Alexander Vassiliev, a former KGB officer, was given unprecedented access to Stalin-era KBG records that allowed him and his co-authors to present an unprecedented history of Soviet spy activity in America. Amongst several profiles, the authors contend that I.F. Stone had a working relationship with the KGB in the 1930s and that Alger Hiss assisted with Soviet intelligence over several years. Mr. Haynes talked about the discovery of this important source material. Professor Klehr talked about some of the significant findings they made such as who was and who was not actually a Soviet source. They then responded to questions from members of the audience.
This event was held by the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C., at noon on Thursday, 20 August, 2009.
John Earl Haynes and Harvey Klehr are the co-authors of The Secret World of American Communism. close
*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.
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- Peter Earnest Executive Director International Spy Museum
- John Earl Haynes Historian Library of Congress->Manuscript Division
- Harvey Klehr Professor Emory University->Politics and History
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