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The Resource Clever girl : Elizabeth Bentley, the spy who ushered in the McCarthy era, Lauren Kessler

Clever girl : Elizabeth Bentley, the spy who ushered in the McCarthy era, Lauren Kessler

Label
Clever girl : Elizabeth Bentley, the spy who ushered in the McCarthy era
Title
Clever girl
Title remainder
Elizabeth Bentley, the spy who ushered in the McCarthy era
Statement of responsibility
Lauren Kessler
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • Communists vilified her as a raging neurotic. Leftists dismissed her as a confused idealist. Her family pitied her as an exploited lover. Some said she was a traitor, a stooge, a mercenary, and a grandstander. To others she was a true American heroine -- fearless, principled, bold, and resolute. Congressional committees loved her. The FBI hailed her as an avenging angel. The Catholics embraced her. But the fact is, more than half a century after she captured the headlines as the "Red Spy Queen," Elizabeth Bentley remains a mystery. In the 1930s she embraced communism and fell in love with an undercover KGB agent who initiated her into the world of espionage. By the time America plunged into World War II, Elizabeth Bentley was directing the operations of the two largest spy rings in America. Eventually, she had eighty people in her secret apparatus, half of them employees of the federal government. When she defected in 1945 and told her story -- first to the FBI and then at a series of public hearings and trials -- she was catapulted to tabloid fame as the "Red Spy Queen," ushering in, almost single-handedly, the McCarthy era. - Jacket flap
  • A portrait of the Soviet spy-turned-FBI informant describes her work at the head of two Russian spy rings in America, decision to expose Communist agents in her own government, and contributions to American political life
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Kessler, Lauren
Dewey number
  • 327.1247073/092
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
HX84.B384
LC item number
K47 2003
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Bentley, Elizabeth
  • Women communists
  • Communism
  • Intelligence service
  • Espionage, Soviet
  • Informers
Label
Clever girl : Elizabeth Bentley, the spy who ushered in the McCarthy era, Lauren Kessler
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [355]-360) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Prologue -- Part one : The romance. Connecticut Yankee -- Sad sack -- Awakenings -- Circle of friends -- A steeled Bolshevik -- Yasha -- Tradecraft -- Konspiratsia -- Clever girl -- Russian roulette -- Closing in -- Part two : The reality. In from the cold -- Hoover's turn -- Red spy queen -- The lady appears -- Un-American activities -- She said, he said -- The spotlight -- My life as a spy -- Part three : The ruin. The center cannot hold -- Back in the act -- Under attack -- An unsettled woman -- The wayward girl comes home -- Epilogue
Control code
50809216
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
viii, 372 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780060185190
Lccn
2002038740
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
Clever girl : Elizabeth Bentley, the spy who ushered in the McCarthy era, Lauren Kessler
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [355]-360) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Prologue -- Part one : The romance. Connecticut Yankee -- Sad sack -- Awakenings -- Circle of friends -- A steeled Bolshevik -- Yasha -- Tradecraft -- Konspiratsia -- Clever girl -- Russian roulette -- Closing in -- Part two : The reality. In from the cold -- Hoover's turn -- Red spy queen -- The lady appears -- Un-American activities -- She said, he said -- The spotlight -- My life as a spy -- Part three : The ruin. The center cannot hold -- Back in the act -- Under attack -- An unsettled woman -- The wayward girl comes home -- Epilogue
Control code
50809216
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
viii, 372 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780060185190
Lccn
2002038740
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations

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