AUTHORWest, Nigel
TITLEMortal Crimes:The Greatest Theft in History:The Soviet Penetration of the Manhattan Project
CITYNew York, NY

This book attempts to piece together the true and complete picture of the Soviet penetration of the Manhattan Project, relying extensively on the declassified VENONA transcripts. VENONA was a super-secret U.S. government operation that cracked the codes of Soviet telegraphic cable traffic from 1939 to 1957. Using those intercepts as a base, the author verifies and debunks various claims surrounding Soviet espionage in the United States during the 1940s and 1950s. The book outlines the American and British cooperation in the development of the atomic bomb, then describes the Soviet espionage and infiltrations of it, quoting liberally from VENONA documents. The stories of the Rosenberg network, Klaus Fuchs, Theodore Hall, the spy who was code named Pers, J. Robert Oppenheimer, and many others are told. The book contains appendices of spies' names and cover-names, grouped by project and region. A photographic section shows many of the key players, mostly Soviet spies and their informants.

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