Chasing Spies

Chasing Spies

How the FBI Failed in Counterintelligence but Promoted the Politics of McCarthyism in the Cold War Years

Book - 2002
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Discusses the FBI's role in important espionage cases of the cold war years, charging that the FBI promoted political McCarthyism while masking counterintelligence shortcomings and citing the FBI's failure to apprehend and convict Soviet agents.

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Based on meticulous research in FBI files, Chasing Spies uncovers the FBI’s role in the most important espionage cases of the cold war years. The book shows how secrecy immunized FBI operations from critical scrutiny and enabled FBI officials to mask their counterintelligence failures while promoting a politics of McCarthyism. “Athan Theoharis calmly explores a major paradox of the Cold War: that J. Edgar Hoover, for all his fulminations against communism and his collaboration with McCarthyism, failed to apprehend and convict Soviet spies busily at work in the United States. Chasing Spies greatly illuminates this notable FBI counterintelligence failure.”–Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.

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Basing his work on careful research of FBI files, Theoharis' (history, Marquette U.) reveals the role of the FBI in the most important espionage of the Cold War years. He raises a number of new questions about their operations in the past, and concerns for present-day policymakers. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Based on meticulous research in FBI files, Chasing Spies uncovers the FBI's role in the most important espionage cases of the cold war years.

Publisher: Chicago, Ill. : Ivan R. Dee, 2002
ISBN: 9781566634205
1566634202
Branch Call Number: 327.1273 THE
Characteristics: vii, 307 p. ; 23 cm

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