Ray Batvinis Books

Read Chapter One – 2nd Book

chap1270 Read the first chapter of Hoover's Secret War Against Axis Spies: FBI Counterespionage During World War II. This complete chapter tells the story of FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover's moment-by-moment weekend when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Read the Chapter

Read Chapter One – 1st Book

Chapter 1 - Rumrich Read the first chapter of The Origins of FBI Counterintelligence. This complete chapter tells the story of Nazis spies operating in America, particularly focusing on the case of Guenther Rumrich, his arrest by the FBI, and how the case changed the FBI. Read the Chapter

FBI in Moscow

Strange Wartime Odyssey of Louis Beck, FBI Read a fascinating article by Ray Batvinis about FBI Agent Louis Beck who was sent undercover to the US Embassy in Moscow during WW2 to assess the security situation in the embassy. What he found was shockingly lax security attitudes that allowed the Soviet NKVD control of the place -- and of secret US codes. Read more

FBI in Honolulu

FBI-in-Honolulu-270 Relive the hour-to-hour experiences of the FBI field office in Honolulu as they respond to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941. Read more


Watch Ray Batvinis' talk about his new book, “Hoover’s Secret War Against Axis Spies,” at the Institute of World Politics in Washington, DC:

Video of Reagan Lecture

Watch Ray Batvinis talk on "Ronald Reagan: Counterintelligence and the Evil Empire at the Institute of World Politics in Washington, DC in April 2013. Watch Video