True Believer: Stalin's Last American Spy

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$17.00  $15.81
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Simon & Schuster
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304
Dimensions
5.4 X 0.9 X 8.3 inches | 0.6 pounds
Language
English
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Paperback
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9781476763774
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About the Author

Kati Marton is the New York Times bestselling author of nine books, including True Believer: Stalin's Last American Spy and Enemies of the People: My Family's Journey to America, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. An award-winning former NPR correspondent and ABC News bureau chief in Germany, she was born in Hungary and lives in New York City.

Reviews

"This is more than just a spy story of white hats versus black hats. Kati Marton has written a gripping but nuanced account of the fanaticism and betrayal by one of the most notorious American traitors in Cold War history."--Amanda Foreman, author of A World on Fire "Library Journal"
"At a time when violent extremism and fanaticism seem automatically to have an Islamic prefix, True Believer reminds us of equally brutal causes that swept up deluded young men and women, shattered families and destroyed lives. Kati Marton gives us a gripping story with a timely moral."--Anne-Marie Slaughter, President and CEO, New America, author of Unfinished Business: Women Men Work Family "Library Journal"
"A wonderfully researched and beautifully told chilling story of how fanaticism arises and how one man and his circle of friends became prisoners to ideology."--Anne-Marie Slaughter, President and CEO, New America, author of Unfinished Business: Women Men Work Family "Journal of Cold War Studies"
"A true story of intrigue, treachery, murder, torture, fascism, and an unshakable faith in the ideals of Communism. . . . exciting to read, a fresh take on espionage activities from a critical period of history." --Joe Weisberg, creator and executive producer of The Americans "Washington Independent Review of Books"
"True Believer is both thorough and engaging.... Every generation has its share of such fanatics, secure in their belief that they are doing good even as they leave chaos and destruction in their wake. This portrait of a monster is an important lesson of what communism wrought."--Joe Weisberg, creator and executive producer of The Americans "The Weekly Standard"
"Fascinating and stirringly relevant...remarkable."--Joe Weisberg, creator and executive producer of The Americans "Guardian US"
"Relevant . . . fascinating . . . As vividly reconstructed by Marton, Noel Field's life is a window on the delusion and narcissism that fuel the self-radicalized of any era."--Joe Weisberg, creator and executive producer of The Americans "The New York Times Book Review"
"Riveting reading . . . True Believer is a mesmerizing look at Cold War espionage and a chilling reminder of the destructive power of fanaticism."--Joe Weisberg, creator and executive producer of The Americans "USA Today"
"Marton tells the incredible true story of Field's fanaticism with communism and Stalinism. Marton's own parents were the only Western journalists to ever interview Field and his wife, Herta Field. . . . The conspiracy, subterfuge, and cataclysmic destruction of Field's family and friends are all addressed in this well-researched book."--Joe Weisberg, creator and executive producer of The Americans "Library Journal"
"In this real-life thriller, Kati Marton brings a lost chapter of the Cold War back to vivid life. In telling the story of Noel Field, Marton--a distinguished chronicler of the vicissitudes of the 20th century, particularly in Europe--draws on a cast of characters ranging from Alger Hiss to Josef Stalin. This is a terrific piece of history."--Jon Meacham, author of Destiny and Power and Thomas Jefferson "Library Journal"
"Noel Field is one of the most fascinating spies produced by the Cold War. He twisted his soul trying to do good in the world. Marton's beautiful storytelling reminds us of the America that spawned traitors. If you can understand Field, you can understand America. A one of a kind book."--Joe Weisberg, creator and executive producer of The Americans "Library Journal"
"A riveting account of how fanaticism arises, who's vulnerable to it, and why. A rich portrait of a lost era, with fascinating implications for our own."--Cass R. Sunstein, Robert Walmsley University Professor, Harvard University, and author of Going to Extremes "Library Journal"
"Marton tells Field's story beautifully, reminding readers of the potential horrors of well-meaning but unquestioning idealism."--Joe Weisberg, creator and executive producer of The Americans "Publishers Weekly (starred review)"
"[Noel Field's] sordid story is grippingly related by Kati Marton, whose parents, Hungarian journalists, covered various show trials that resulted in Field and other "traitors to the cause" being jailed. She also gained access to Field family papers and those of persons brought down with him."--Joe Weisberg, creator and executive producer of The Americans "The Washington Times"
"Fascinating"--Joe Weisberg, creator and executive producer of The Americans "The Washington Free Beacon"
"Marton, author of Enemies of the People, builds a detailed narrative with twists and turns galore....poignant and almost defies belief." --Joe Weisberg, creator and executive producer of The Americans "Newsday"
"Riveting page-turner"--Joe Weisberg, creator and executive producer of The Americans "The National Review"
"Kati Marton richly documents the story of the Swiss-born, Harvard-educated Noel Field....[Marton] builds a detailed narrative with twists and turns galore."--Joe Weisberg, creator and executive producer of The Americans "Daily Gazette"
"In the name of justice and socialist revolution, Noel Field lost his own humanity. His story is a chilling piece of history but also a timeless moral lesson about how unmoored idealism can abet murderous evil. Kati Marton tells it all powerfully, with sensitivity to the psychology as well as the politics of a ruined life."--Sean Wilentz, author of The Politicians and the Egalitarians "Library Journal"