AUTHORKnight, Amy
TITLEHow the Cold War Began: The Igor Gouzenko Affair and the Hunt for Soviet Spies
PUBLISHERCarroll & Graf Publishers
CITYNew York, NY
DATE PUBLISHED2005
ISBN0-78671-816-1


This book details the discovery of Soviet espionage within the Canadian and U.S. governments, particularly the events surrounding Soviet defector Igor Gouzenko. Focusing mainly on what took place in Canada, the author offers new information on intelligence relations between the three North Atlantic allies (U.S., Canada, Britain) and provides insight into Igor Gouzenko's motives for stealing documents and seeking asylum. Igor Gouzenko, a cipher clerk in the Soviet Embassy in Canada, walked out of the embassy – thereby defecting from the Soviet Union – carrying documents that revealed espionage activity directed against the U.S. and Canada. Gouzenko's information added to evidence garnered by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), and the uncovering of the spy network played a key role in the start of the Cold War. The author describes major figures in the events such as Mackenzie King, Svetlana Gouzenko, Peter Dwyer, Alan Nunn May, Nikolai Zabotin, Vitalii Pavlov, Vsevolod Sokolov, and Vasilii Rogov. The indexed book contains photos of the various people involved and a chronology of events.


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