John Earl Haynes and Harvey Klehr talked about the book they wrote with Alexander Vassiliev, Spies: The Rise and Fall of the KGB in America (Yale University Press; May 26, 2009).
Alexander Vassiliev, a former KGB officer, was given unprecedented access to Stalin-era KBG records that allowed him and his co-authors to present an unprecedented history of Soviet spy activity in America.
Amongst several profiles, the authors contend that I.F. Stone had a working relationship with the KGB in the 1930s and that Alger Hiss assisted with Soviet intelligence over several years.
Mr.Haynes talked about the discovery of this important source material. Professor Klehr talked about some of the significant findings they made such as who was and who was not actually a Soviet source. They then responded to questions from members of the audience.
This event was held by the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C., at noon on Thursday, 20 August, 2009.
John Earl Haynes and Harvey Klehr are the co-authors of The Secret World of American Communism (Annals of Communism Series)
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