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Clever girl : Elizabeth Bentley, the spy who ushered in the McCarthy era

Author: Lauren Kessler
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, 2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Communists vilified her as a raging neurotic. Leftists dismissed her as a confused idealist. Her family pitied her as an exploited lover. Some said she was a traitor, a stooge, a mercenary, and a grandstander. To others she was a true American heroine -- fearless, principled, bold, and resolute. Congressional committees loved her. The FBI hailed her as an avenging angel. The Catholics embraced her. But the fact is,
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Genre/Form: Oregon authors
Biography
Biographies
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lauren Kessler
ISBN: 0060185198 hardcover 9780060185190 hardcover 0060959738 paperback 9780060959739 paperback
OCLC Number: 50809216
Awards: Oregon Book Award, 2004 finalist.
Description: viii, 372 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Prologue --
Part one : The romance. Connecticut Yankee --
Sad sack --
Awakenings --
Circle of friends --
A steeled Bolshevik --
Yasha --
Tradecraft --
Konspiratsia --
Clever girl --
Russian roulette --
Closing in --
Part two : The reality. In from the cold --
Hoover's turn --
Red spy queen --
The lady appears --
Un-American activities --
She said, he said --
The spotlight --
My life as a spy --
Part three : The ruin. The center cannot hold --
Back in the act --
Under attack --
An unsettled woman --
The wayward girl comes home --
Epilogue.
Responsibility: Lauren Kessler.
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Communists vilified her as a raging neurotic. Leftists dismissed her as a confused idealist. Her family pitied her as an exploited lover. Some said she was a traitor, a stooge, a mercenary, and a grandstander. To others she was a true American heroine -- fearless, principled, bold, and resolute. Congressional committees loved her. The FBI hailed her as an avenging angel. The Catholics embraced her. But the fact is, more than half a century after she captured the headlines as the "Red Spy Queen," Elizabeth Bentley remains a mystery. In the 1930s she embraced communism and fell in love with an undercover KGB agent who initiated her into the world of espionage. By the time America plunged into World War II, Elizabeth Bentley was directing the operations of the two largest spy rings in America. Eventually, she had eighty people in her secret apparatus, half of them employees of the federal government. When she defected in 1945 and told her story -- first to the FBI and then at a series of public hearings and trials -- she was catapulted to tabloid fame as the "Red Spy Queen," ushering in, almost single-handedly, the McCarthy era. - Jacket flap.

A portrait of the Soviet spy-turned-FBI informant describes her work at the head of two Russian spy rings in America, decision to expose Communist agents in her own government, and contributions to American political life.

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