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How the Cold War Began

The Igor Gouzenko Affair And The Hunt For Soviet Spies

By Amy W. Knight, 1946-

On September 5, 1945, cipher clerk Igor Gouzenko severed ties with the Soviet Embassy in Ottawa, reporting to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police allegations of extensive Soviet espionage in North America, providing stolen documents detailing Soviet intelligence matters to back his claims. This action sent shockwaves through Washington, London, Moscow, and Ottawa, changing the course of the twentieth century.

Using recently declassified FBI and Canadian RCMP files on the Gouzenko case, author and Cold War scholar Amy Knight sheds new light on the FBI’s efforts to incriminate Alger Hiss and Harry Dexter White in order to discredit the Truman Administration. FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover seized upon Gouzenko’s defection as a means through which to demonize the Soviets, distorting statements made by Gouzenko to stir up “spy fever” in the U.S., setting the McCarthy era into motion. Through the FBI files and interviews with several key players, Knight delves into Gouzenko’s reasons for defecting and brilliantly connects these events to the strained relations between the Soviet Union and the West, marking the beginning of the Cold War.

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Format: Book
Author: Knight, Amy W., 1946-
Title: How the cold war began : the Igor Gouzenko affair and the hunt for Soviet spies / Amy Knight.
Publisher Date: New York : Carroll & Graf : Distributed by Publishers Group West, c2005.
Subject: Gouzenko, Igor, 1919-1982 Espionage, Soviet -- Canada -- History -- 20th century. Espionage, Soviet -- History -- 20th century Cold War Spies -- Canada -- History -- 20th century. Spies -- United States -- History -- 20th century. Defectors -- Soviet Union -- Biography
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Format: Book
Author: Knight, Amy W., 1946-
Title: How the cold war began : the Igor Gouzenko affair and the hunt for Soviet spies / Amy Knight.
Publisher, Date: New York : Carroll & Graf : Distributed by Publishers Group West, c2005.
Description: xii, 355 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Subjects: Gouzenko, Igor, 1919-1982
Subjects: Espionage, Soviet -- Canada -- History -- 20th century.
Subjects: Espionage, Soviet -- History -- 20th century
Subjects: Cold War
Subjects: Spies -- Canada -- History -- 20th century.
Subjects: Spies -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Subjects: Defectors -- Soviet Union -- Biography
Notes: With an author's note for U.S. readers.
Notes: Includes index.
Notes: Bibliographical references included in "Notes" (p. 304-339).
ISBN: 0786718161
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Call Number: 327.1247 Kni