AUTHORHaynes, John Earl / Klehr, Harvey
TITLEVENONA: Decoding Soviet Espionage in America
PUBLISHERYale University Press
CITYNew Haven, CT
DATE PUBLISHED1999
ISBN0-300-07771-8


This book is a comprehensive examination of the recently declassified VENONA project, a super-secret U.S. government operation that cracked the codes on Soviet telegraphic cable traffic from World War II through the 1950s. The author first shows the significance of VENONA to the Cold War, particularly in uncovering the identities of Soviet spies. The book details the methods originally involved to crack the Soviet codes, then it explains the scope and organization of the VENONA project. The Communist Party underground structure in the U.S. from the 1930s to the 1950s is outlined, using data from VENONA to show that it was heavily involved in espionage. The author then presents a comprehensive picture of Soviet spying in America. There is a section detailing the nuclear espionage that delivered the American atomic bomb and later hydrogen bomb technologies to the Soviets. Five appendices provide names and information about people who spied on the United States for the Soviets, as well as biographical sketches of leading KGB officers involved in Soviet espionage in the United States.


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