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Agent Sonya : Moscow's most daring wartime spy

Title
Agent Sonya : Moscow's most daring wartime spy / Ben Macintyre.
ISBN
9780593136300
0593136306
9780593136317
Edition
First Edition.
Publication
New York : Crown, an imprint of Random House, [2020]
Physical Description
xviii, 377 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 25 cm
Summary
"The New York Times bestselling author of The Spy and the Traitor tells the thrilling true story of the most important female spy in history: an agent code-named "Sonya," who set the stage for the Cold War. In 1942, in a quiet village in the leafy English Cotswolds, a thin, elegant woman lived in a small cottage with her three children and her husband, who worked as a machinist nearby. Ursula Burton was friendly but reserved, and spoke English with a slight foreign accent. By all accounts, she seemed to be living a simple, unassuming life. Her neighbors in the village knew little about her. They didn't know that she was a high-ranking Soviet intelligence officer. They didn't know that her husband was also a spy, or that she was running powerful agents across Europe. Behind the facade of her picturesque life, Burton was a dedicated Communist, a Soviet colonel, and a veteran agent, gathering the scientific secrets that would enable the Soviet Union to build the bomb. This true-life spy story is a masterpiece about the woman code-named "Sonya." Over the course of her career, she was hunted by the Chinese, the Japanese, the Nazis, MI5, MI6, and the FBI-and she evaded them all. Her story reflects the great ideological clash of the twentieth century-between Communism, Fascism, and Western democracy-and casts new light on the spy battles and shifting allegiances of our own times. With unparalleled access to Sonya's diaries and correspondence and never-before-seen information on her clandestine activities, Ben Macintyre has conjured a page-turning history of a legendary secret agent, a woman who influenced the course of the Cold War and helped plunge the world into a decades-long standoff between nuclear superpowers."-- Provided by publisher.
In 1942, in a quiet village in the English Cotswolds, Ursula Burton was friendly but reserved, and spoke English with a slight foreign accent. Her unassuming life hid the fact that she was a high-ranking Soviet intelligence officer. Her husband was also a spy, and she was running powerful agents across Europe gathering the scientific secrets that would enable the Soviet Union to build the bomb. Macintyre tells the story of "Sonya," a woman who influenced the course of the Cold War and helped plunge the world into a decades-long standoff between nuclear superpowers. - adapted from jacket
Other formats
Online version: Macintyre, Ben, Agent Sonya First edition. New York : Crown, [2020]
Format
Books
Language
English
Added to Catalog
December 02, 2020
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (pages 339-354) and index.
Contents
Whirl
Whore of the Orient
Agent Ramsay
When Sonya is Dancing
The Spies Who Loved Her
Sparrow
Aboard the Conte Verde
Our Woman in Manchuria
Vagabond Life
From Peking to Poland
In for a Penny
The Molehill
A Marriage of Convenience
The Baby Snatcher
The Happy Time
Barbarossa
The Road to Hell
Atomic Spies
Milicent of MI5
Operation Hammer
Rustle of Spring
Great Rollright
A Very Tough Nut
Ruth Werner
Afterword: the lives of others.
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