AUTHORHornblum, Allen M.
TITLEThe Invisible Harry Gold: The Man Who Gave the Soviets the Atom Bomb
PUBLISHERYale University Press
CITYNew Haven, CT
DATE PUBLISHED2010
ISBN978-0-300-15676-8


This is the first biography of Harry Gold, the man who transmitted information on the Manhattan Project from spies Klaus Fuchs and David Greenglass to the Soviet Union. The author presents a fascinating depiction of Gold as a child of Jewish immigrants growing up in the depression years, his employment as a chemist, and his initial engagement in industrial espionage for the Russians in the mid 1930s. Those activities led to Gold's interactions with Fuchs and the transmission of vital nuclear secrets to the Soviets. The work implies that his motivation was one of assisting Russia as an ally of the U.S. in World War II and not one of betraying the U.S. After his arrest, Gold, never a member of the Communist Party, cooperated fully with the U.S. government in exposing other Soviet spies. Descriptions of his life in prison and testimony before the U.S. Congress reveal him to have been an intelligent, sensitive person. The book concludes with his struggle to reduce the harsh thirty-year prison sentence, his parole after fifteen years, and his life after prison during which he worked at John F. Kennedy Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


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