By Kathryn S. Olmsted
Whilst Elizabeth Bentley slunk into an FBI box workplace in 1945, she was once pondering merely of saving herself from NKGB assassins who have been sizzling on her path. She had no concept that she used to be approximately to begin the best purple Scare in U.S. history.
Bentley (1908-1963) was once a Connecticut Yankee and Vassar graduate who spied for the Soviet Union for seven years. She met with dozens of hugely positioned American brokers who labored for the Soviets, collecting their secrets and techniques and stuffing delicate files into her knitting bag. yet her Soviet spymasters suspected her of disloyalty--and even all started plotting to silence her eternally. to save lots of her personal existence, Bentley made up our minds to betray her associates and comrades to the FBI. Her defection successfully close down Soviet espionage within the usa for years.
Despite her an important function within the cultural and political historical past of the early chilly warfare, Bentley has lengthy been neglected or underestimated by way of historians. Now, new files from Russian and American data give the opportunity to evaluate the veracity of her allegations. This lengthy late biography rescues Elizabeth Bentley from obscurity and tells her dramatic lifestyles story.
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