By Kathryn S. Olmsted
While Elizabeth Bentley slunk into an FBI box place of work in 1945, she used to be considering basically of saving herself from NKGB assassins who have been scorching on her path. She had no concept that she was once approximately to begin the best pink Scare in U.S. history.
Bentley (1908-1963) used to be a Connecticut Yankee and Vassar graduate who spied for the Soviet Union for seven years. She met with dozens of hugely put American brokers who labored for the Soviets, amassing their secrets and techniques and stuffing delicate records into her knitting bag. yet her Soviet spymasters suspected her of disloyalty--and even begun plotting to silence her without end. to save lots of her personal existence, Bentley made up our minds to betray her acquaintances and comrades to the FBI. Her defection successfully close down Soviet espionage within the usa for years.
Despite her the most important function within the cultural and political heritage of the early chilly struggle, Bentley has lengthy been ignored or underestimated by means of historians. Now, new files from Russian and American records give the opportunity to evaluate the veracity of her allegations. This lengthy late biography rescues Elizabeth Bentley from obscurity and tells her dramatic lifestyles story.
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