|Comintern Spies Exposed
>A new book on Comintern
>Espionage and the Roots of the Cold War
>By David McKnight, Frank Cass & Co, London 2002.
>I am writing to alert you to my new book which I thought might
>interest you. The book uses little known archives from Comintern to
>give a scholarly explanation of the circumstances which lead
>War ‘witch hunts’ and accusations of treachery. In their opposition
>to these allegations, the Left and their liberal allies scorned the
>possibility that there could be any truth to the charges of
>But the book argues that from the 1930s to the 1950s a significant
>number of men and women in the United States, Britain, Europe,
>Australia and Canada were recruited to the Soviet intelligence
>services. Fired by idealism, they believed that the Soviet Union
>the prototype of a new society that would lead to human liberation.
>They believed that conveying confidential material from their own
>governments to the Soviet Union was part of a revolutionary struggle
>against capitalism and imperialism. While the best known names are
>those of Philby, Burgess and Maclean, there were hundreds of
>Most regarded their work as ‘politics’ and not espionage.
>The bulk of the book examines the tradition of underground political
>work in Comintern which was a highly secret part of the communist
>movement between 1917 until the late 60s. Originally it was
>to by its Russian name of <konspiratsya>. In this way,
>also examines the social and political origins of the ‘tradecraft’
>of espionage since <konspiratsya> was a highly successful method
>Buying the book:
>The cheapest way to buy the book in on-line. Go to < frankcass.com
>and then click < search > then enter the author name <mcknight
>Search ‘What’s New’ in the ‘Studies In Intelligence’ Series)
>paper back costs 17 English pounds.
>** Dr David McKnight is a member of the Advisory Board for the Oxford
>Companion to Espionage. He teaches at the Humanities Faculty at the
>University of Technology, Sydney in Australia. He
>and written about politics and espionage for the last 15 years. His
>previous book, Australia’s Spies and their Secrets, won the Douglas
>Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction.