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

An Impeccable Spy: Richard Sorge, Stalin’s Master Agent The Thrilling True Story Of Richard Sorge The Man John Le Carr Called The Spy To End Spies , And Whose Actions Turned The Tide Of The Second World WarRichard Sorge Was A Man With Two Homelands Born Of A German Father And A Russian Mother In Baku In , He Moved In A World Of Shifting Alliances And Infinite Possibility A Member Of The Angry And Deluded Generation Who Found New, Radical Faiths After Their Experiences On The Battlefields Of The First World War, Sorge Became A Fanatical Communist And The Soviet Union S Most Formidable SpyLike Many Great Spies, Sorge Was An Effortless Seducer, Combining Charm With Ruthless Manipulation He Did Not Have To Go Undercover To Find Out Closely Guarded State Secrets His Victims Willingly Shared Them As A Foreign Correspondent, He 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 Proved Pivotal To The Soviet Counteroffensive In The Battle Of Moscow, Which In Turn Determined The Outcome Of The WarNever Before Has Sorge S Story Been Told From The Russian Side As Well As The German And Japanese Owen Matthews Takes A Sweeping Historical Perspective And Draws On A Wealth Of Declassified Soviet Archives Along With Testimonies From Those Who Knew And Worked With Sorge To Rescue The Riveting Story Of The Man Described By Ian Fleming As The Most Formidable Spy In History

Owen Matthews is a British writer, historian and journalist His first book, Stalin s Children, was shortlisted for the 2008 Guardian First Books Award, the Orwell Prize for political writing, and France s Prix Medicis Etranger His books have been translated into 28 languages He is a former Moscow and Istanbul Bureau Chief for Newsweek Magazine Matthews has lectured on Russian history and polit

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  • Hardcover
  • 448 pages
  • An Impeccable Spy: Richard Sorge, Stalin’s Master Agent
  • Owen Matthews
  • 19 February 2019
  • 9781408857786

10 thoughts on “An Impeccable Spy: Richard Sorge, Stalin’s Master Agent

  1. says:

    An absorbing, easy read packed with previously unknown information Sorge pronounced Zorgae, as the author told a recent talk was a fanatical Communist, a hard drinking, womaniser who took crazy risks with the network that he had built up.Matthews research has found the records from the GRU files in Podolsk that show that Sorge was largely untrusted by his Moscow handlers, due to his connection with many purged Soviet officials and the inability of his service chiefs to tell Stalin anything other than reports affirming Stalin s own preconceived ideas The narrative also explains that, despite Sorge s skill in cultivating sources, he was high handed with those in his own network.

  2. says:

    Over de Russische superspion Richard Sorge zijn al talloze boeken verschenen, maar de toegang tot voorheen gesloten archieven maakt dit verhaal heel bijzonder Naast de activiteiten van Sorge en zijn spionnenring wordt uitvoerig ingegaan op politieke ontwikkelingen, vooral tussen Rusland, Duitsland en Japan Een fascinerend boek.

  3. says:

    How a charming, ruthless risk taker hoodwinked the intelligence services of Germany, China and Japan and obtained stupendous confidential information This book is packed with names and details I didn t find it an easy read but am glad I perservered.

  4. says:

    The first few hundred pages I found were hard reading but eventually once I got my head around the multiple names and plans I enjoyed this book It wasn t as unputdownable as a Ben Macintyre book but actually I have probably learnt quite a bit from this one I always wondered how Japan fitted into the WW2 and whilst I m still not 100%, I am someway to understanding One of the most confusing things about this time I think are all the non aggression pacts being signed, it s hard to understand who had what agreements with who.

  5. says:

    Richard Sorge, the flawed masterI suppose all spies are flawed masters Richard Sorge, a German born in Baku, and a spy for Moscow for years in China and then Japan, was one of the true masters He lasted seven years in Tokyo, and it was not his weakness but that of a confr re that betrayed him In the end it seems Moscow simply forgot about him Before, of course, hagiographising him some years later Sorge, with his drinking and womanising, hid in plain sight That s the way to do it A masterly portrait Read this.

  6. says:

    Strongest when it lets Sorge and the other characters speak for themselves, and falls into the trap of a lot of history of the time period of repeating the common anti USSR narratives of the start of the war, but overall a very fascinating and well sourced biography of a fascinating person.

  7. says:

    Excellent Extremely well researched and beautifully written Reads like a thriller , I could not put it down The author really knows Japan.

  8. says:

    Brilliant A fascinating story compellingly told.

  9. says:

    Good take on real espionage during the 1930 45 time frame by one of the famous spies Richard Sorge.As a history buff I felt the author did a great job expounding on the world events leading to WWII and Sorge s role in it.

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