Stalin's Spy: Richard Sorge And The Tokyo Espionage Ring by Robert WhymantStalin's Spy: Richard Sorge And The Tokyo Espionage Ring by Robert Whymant

Stalin's Spy: Richard Sorge And The Tokyo Espionage Ring

byRobert Whymant

Paperback | January 9, 2007

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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.
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.
Title:Stalin's Spy: Richard Sorge And The Tokyo Espionage RingFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9.67 × 6.18 × 1.13 inPublished:January 9, 2007Publisher:I.B. Tauris & Co LtdLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9781845113100

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Table of Contents

Part I: Child and Soldier * Student and Revolutionary * Moscow, 1924-29 * Shanghai Days * 'Tokyo Wouldn't Be Bad * Part II: 'A Man of Consequence' * The Ring Takes Shape * Moscow, Summer 1935 * 'It's Hard Here, Really Hard' * Part III: Winter and Spring 1941 * May 1941 * June1941 * July1941 * August 1941 * September 1941 * October 1941 * Part IV: Paying the Price * Epilogue A Hero's Grave * Notes, Bibliography, Index

Editorial Reviews

""The most careful assessment to date of one of the most successful spy rings ever.a judicious and often gripping account.""--Kirkus Reviews""Enthralling.""--London Review of Books ""As readable as a first-rate thriller...Whymant tells the story extremely skillfully, combining amusing detail of everyday life and erotica, with the tale of the problems of the greatest strategic and intelligence importance.""--Times Literary Supplement ""In his penetrating biography, Robert Whymant delves into the nether regions of human betrayal.""--The Observer 'As well researched as possible and yet as readable as a first-rate thriller.' Oleg Gordievsky, Times Literary Supplement 'This is a gripping story and very well told. Whymant's new material deepens understanding and advances knowledge.a very readable book.' M.R.D. Foot 'Kim Philby several times expressed to me his admiration of Sorge. He felt Sorge was the only secret agent beyond reproach.' Philip Knightley 'In his penetrating biography, Robert Whymant, delves into the nether regions of human betrayal to recover the man from the myth.' Kevin Toolis, The Observer 'An enthralling new account' Murray Sayle, London Review of Books 'This gripping account of Sorge's Tokyo spy ring by Robert Whymant draws on recently released Russian archives to add much new material to an important bit of Japan's wartime history.' William Dawkins, Financial Times