9781845113100

Stalin's Spy : Richard Sorge and the Tokyo Espionage Ring

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  • ISBN13:

    9781845113100

  • ISBN10:

    1845113101

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-01-09
  • Publisher: INGRAM
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Summary

This is the true story of a remarkable man who pulled off a seemingly impossible espionage mission in Tokyo, before and during World War II. Richard Sorge, born to a Russian mother and a German father, ran a network of Japanese and Europeans under the noses of Japan's dreaded secret police. From 1933 until he was caught in late 1941, he transmitted priceless secrets to Red Army intelligence. Sorge's espionage group -- perhaps the most successful operating in this critical period - kept the Russians informed about Japanese and German intentions, and also helped influence decisions made by these governments.Sorge's biggest coup was to inform Stalin of the German attack on Russia in 1941, weeks before it occurred -- with details of troop deployments, movement of armaments and the actual date of the attack. Abandoned to his fate by Stalin, Sorge became the first European sentenced to death by a Japanese court. After a prolonged ordeal he was executed in Sugamo prison in 1944.

Author Biography

Robert Whymant covered East Asia for The Guardian and The Daily Telegraph from 1972 to 1993 when he became Tokyo Correspondent of The Times. Whymant was tragically killed in the 2004 tsunami while on holiday in Sri Lanka.

Table of Contents

Foreword and Acknowledgements vii
PROLOGUE The Accident 1(10)
PART ONE
1 Child and Soldier
11(9)
2 Student and Revolutionary
20(5)
3 Moscow, 1924-29
25(5)
4 Shanghai Days
30(10)
5 'Tokyo Wouldn't Be Bad'
40(9)
PART TWO
6 'A Man of Consequence'
49(8)
7 The Ring Takes Shape
57(14)
8 Moscow, Summer 1935
71(4)
9 'It's Hard Here, Really Hard'
75
PART THREE
10 Winter and Spring 1941
129(16)
11 May 1941
145(22)
12 June 1941
167(28)
13 July 1941
195(25)
14 August 1941
220(19)
15 September 1941
239(12)
16 October 1941
251(32)
PART FOUR
17 Paying the Price
283(36)
EPILOGUE A Hero's Grave 319(6)
Notes 325(30)
Bibliography 355(4)
Index 359

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