True Believer Stalin s Last American Spy This astonishing real life spy thriller filled with danger misplaced loyalties betrayal treachery and pure evil with a plot twist worthy of John le Carr is relevant today as a tale of fanatici

  • Title: True Believer: Stalin’s Last American Spy
  • Author: Kati Marton
  • ISBN: 9781476763767
  • Page: 167
  • Format: Hardcover
  • This astonishing real life spy thriller, filled with danger, misplaced loyalties, betrayal, treachery, and pure evil, with a plot twist worthy of John le Carr , is relevant today as a tale of fanaticism and the lengths it takes us to.True Believer reveals the life of Noel Field, an American who betrayed his country and crushed his family Field, once a well meaning and priThis astonishing real life spy thriller, filled with danger, misplaced loyalties, betrayal, treachery, and pure evil, with a plot twist worthy of John le Carr , is relevant today as a tale of fanaticism and the lengths it takes us to.True Believer reveals the life of Noel Field, an American who betrayed his country and crushed his family Field, once a well meaning and privileged American, spied for Stalin during the 1930s and 40s Then, a pawn in Stalin s sinister master strategy, Field was kidnapped and tortured by the KGB and forced to testify against his own Communist comrades.How does an Ivy League educated, US State Department employee, deeply rooted in American culture and history, become a hardcore Stalinist The 1930s, when Noel Field joined the secret underground of the International Communist Movement, were a time of national collapse ten million Americans unemployed, rampant racism, retreat from the world just as fascism was gaining ground, and Washington pre FDR parched of fresh ideas Communism promised the righting of social and political wrongs and many in Field s generation were seduced by its siren song Few, however, went as far as Noel Field in betraying their own country.With a reporter s eye for detail, and a historian s grasp of the cataclysmic events of the twentieth century, Kati Marton captures Field s riveting quest for a life of meaning that went horribly wrong True Believer is supported by unprecedented access to Field family correspondence, Soviet Secret Police records, and reporting on key players from Alger Hiss, CIA Director Allen Dulles, and World War II spy master, Wild Bill Donovan to the most sinister of all Josef Stalin A story of another time, this is a tale relevant for all times.

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    1. 2.5 Noel was taken to battlefields as a young boy and this so seriously effected him that he idealistically came to believe that their could be a less cruel and more fair world. He became convinced that Communism was the answer, especially since so many were disillusioned with the United States government that time. Recruited he became a Soviet spy, though never a very good one, nor was the information he imparted ever very important. Eventually turned on by Stalin, he was treated horribly and c [...]

    2. The True Believer tells what should be an interesting story, but it made for mostly quite a dull read. The book is about Noel Field, an American recruited as a spy for the Soviet Union -- who ended up living his later years in communist Hungary. Marton depicts Field as hapless and naive, and blindly dedicated to Stalin. The first two thirds of the book deal with Field's background and activities in the US and Western Europe. The last third focuses on his arrest in Eastern Europe, the horrendous [...]

    3. Very dry book, recommend it only if you truly interested in the Cold War era and its ramifications all through out Easter Europe. The subject is a lower American bureaucrat who was enticed early on by the Utopia that was communism in the early 1930's , it was a faith that would prove to be his undoing both for him and his family and many other people whose only crime was to be part of the Stalinist purges that took place in the early 1950's . There are accounts of other spies related to the subj [...]

    4. A quarter century after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the intellectual guns of the Cold War have finally silenced. Journalists and historians are free to recount tales of Soviet espionage, safe from the salvos of the right and the left.In True Believer: Stalin’s Last American Spy (Simon and Schuster), Kati Marton has done an excellent job in telling the sad story of Noel Field, a American State Department officer, international relief worker, and intelligence operative for both the Sovi [...]

    5. Marton pounds way too hard on the "AND THIS IS HOW ISIS RECRUITS" aspect of this story, which is otherwise a meticulous and reconstruction of the career of Noel Field--American, Quaker, Ivy League State Department, League of Nations and Humanitarian employee who, disillusioned by the crushing of the Bonus Army and the executions of Sacco and Vanzetti, allowed himself to be recruited as a Soviet spy. Of course, with Stalin rather than Trotsky at the wheel, all the internationalist Bolsheviks Fiel [...]

    6. There was a great story hidden in a poorly written book. The saga of Noel Field is incredible --- among other things, it shows that people can convince themselves that night is day and day is night. The quick story: While employed at the U.S. Department of State in the 1930s, Field acted as a Soviet spy. During World War II, he worked in France and Switzerland to support Jewish communist and anti-fascist refugees. During this time, he also had contacts with the U.S. intelligence service OSS. Arr [...]

    7. First - I won this book recently in a giveaway. Which has turned out to be a real treat. In case you're not familiar with the what the book is about Kati Marton has taken considerable time to follow the rise and fall of Noel Field. Field was an idealist who decided that communism was the best way to go. Marton very carefully lays out the history of the man, what led him into becoming a spy for the Russians and the ultimate outcome. She has a very smooth style and the book reads very nicely. I fo [...]

    8. A chilling masterpiece. Utterly riveting, instructive, and occasionally inspiring, this book presents the amazing true story of a mild-mannered fanatic who sacrificed himself and his family on the altar of Stalinistic cultism. It is a very quick and gripping read that practically screams out to be made into a movie.

    9. Marton tells the story of Noel Field, a minor US State Department official who spied for the Soviets during the 1930s and went on to support Communist causes while working for NGOs in Europe in the 1940s. Marton provides Noel's back story and his ideological reasons for becoming a Communist, and speculates why, after his arrest in 1949 and torture for five years by the very side he was serving, he remained a staunch Stalinist defender pretty much until his death in 1970. Marton also touches on o [...]

    10. In all my readings on the topic of Russia particularly when it was the USSR I've never came across the name of Noel Fields. Fields, an American, who held many jobs within our government, specifically with the State Department, was actual a Communist spy. Though some of the content was a little dry I still really enjoyed this look into the life of Noel Fields and his undying support and devotion to the communist ideal, or at least the ideals that Fields felt the Soviets had. A true believer of th [...]

    11. I won this book via a giveaway.This was an interesting book about Noel Field who was an American spy for Stalin and felt that the party could do no wrong.As Noel Field was growing up, he was living in Zurich. His Harvard trained father had set up a research institute there. As a Quaker, Noel's family was decidedly pacifist. One of the most profound influences in Noel''s life was being taken to one of the battlefields of World War I to see destruction that mankind was capable of. This left him w [...]

    12. Interesting insight into the motivation and operation of the people who betray their country, in this case for idealistic reasons.

    13. i want to read the book i find the title attractive and i want to have same information about america

    14. A really fine work by this talented author. In this volume Ms Marton relates the story of a real, honest to goodness American who heart and soul became a Soviet spy and devotee of Soviet dictator Stalin. Noel Fields was among many Americans who during the turbulent 1930s (and late 1920s) became enraptured with Communism, Soviet style. As a bulwark against Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany many thought the fight was worth it and some, like Fields and fellow spy Alger Hiss, participated in or led spy [...]

    15. Noel Field, a young American of great promise, became enthralled with the possibility of a worker's paradise, which he felt was the core of Communism. Devoted to social justice, Field became a communist sympathizer, then an agent, and finally an apologist. He clung to the system after its abuses had been disclosed and after its efficacy dimmed forever. Kati Marton, whose parents played a role in the Field story, traces the career of a man who could have accomplished much had he not been an ideol [...]

    16. Disclaimer: I received this book for free as part of a Giveaway.As advertised, Marton's book chronicles the life of Noel Fields, who was a Stalinist agent in the United States, though she also details his family and provides some of the story behind his fellow agents. Overall I thought this book was pretty solid, as it kept me entertained and interested. Without including a spoiler, I can see how Fields' story could be somewhat boring based off of his dogmatic ideology, but she keeps the story [...]

    17. 2 stars "it was ok"For a biography on Noel Fields, he sure seems to take a backseat to the stories presented here. The title implies that he was a sort of right-hand man to Stalin, but his "story" could just as easily be told in a short magazine article, as opposed to a 250 page book. There wasn't really a consistent narrative, and when Fields actually did get mentioned, it was almost in passing. It's clear he was an idealistic dreamer, which eventually got him in some jams, but he was hardly a [...]

    18. Some reviewers complain this book isn't scintillating enough.But, that's the whole point, Noel Fields was totally a paint-by-numbers type of person. The fact that someone so bland in such ways could become, indeed, such a True Believer, to become complicit in the death of at least one Stalin-deviating Communist dissident is exactly the point. That said, Ms. Merton never quite shows how there was one decisive point for him in accepting not just Communism in general but Stalinism in particular. On [...]

    19. Noel Field was devoted to Communism. It was a cause that consumed him and eventually deluded him. Communism was not always so magnanimous. Field, like Kim Philby, had to overlook the evils of the Stalin era. He also had to endure years in a Russian prison. Field's life is a fascinating if distressing tale. The author Kati Marton brings to this book a strong connection to the tale. Her journalist parents interviewed Field and were also imprisoned. Perhaps as a consequence of her personal connecti [...]

    20. About Noel Fields, an idealistic and almost unbelievably naive man, who came to believe that Communism would save the world. An American, he was a high flier in the State Department in the late 20s, and agreed to share information with Russians. It's a long and complex story, dominated by his deep belief in Communism, even when confronted with the Stalin trials of the 30s, and the overrunning of Eastern Europe after WWII. Fascinating.

    21. Fascinating look at the life of one of Stalin's American spies who dragged his wife, brother and adopted daughter into a world of betrayal, torture and imprisonment behind the Iron Curtain. despite his torture and imprisonment by the communists for whom he had betrayed his country, Field remained until his death in exile a fanatical devotee of Stalin. Field's personal journey from a Quaker pacifist to a cold killer is documented in detail.

    22. This book is about Noel Field. For those who wonder how or why a person decides to be a spy, this is a must read.He wrote his mother, " If I don't make a success in the Foreign Service don't be too surprised or too pained. If I lose my job it would be because of my beliefs.-- Brilliant things often have no soul."He recalls his father's admonition to not be deterred for doing what is right simply for fear of what those around you would think.

    23. Great book for insomnia, you will be deep in realm before you know it. I don't recommend reading or listening to this book. The content is very slow and undeveloped. Audio narrator is just as dry as the content.

    24. This non-fiction book about US native turned USSR spy Noel Field really does read like a novel. There is no happy ending for those who betray the US so blatantly.Recommended for anyone who enjoys spy thrillers.

    25. An absolutely tragic story of a man who betrayed his country, assisted with murder, and was an apologist for genocide. It also reveals in unassailable terms that there were people in the FDR administration (very high in it) who took their orders directly from Stalin.

    26. A lot of familiar (to me) names, but more that I did not know. It was a little confusing to listen to, might have read better.

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