"In this groundbreaking book, authors Haynes and Klehr explain how codes were written, sent and received by Soviet agents in this country. They describe how the United States, through its own most secret intelligence agency, the National Security Agency (NSA), which to this day the American government denies exists, broke the Soviet codes and proved that our Russian ally was not behaving as a friend should. . . . The significance of Haynes and Klehr's work cannot be understated: it completely revises our understanding of the massive Soviet espionage campaign directed against the United States by Joseph Stalin during the war and delineates how that espionage led directly to the Cold War and the anti-communist hysteria the resulted in McCarthyism. This is historical scholarship of the first order."--Peter Kross, author of
Spies, Traitors and Moles (appearing in The Times of Trenton)

"Anyone interested in Soviet espionage is indebted to historians John Earl Haynes and Harvey Klehr, [who] assemble a coherent, often chilling, story of Soviet agents infiltrating Washington's most important agencies, from State to Treasury, and treating closely guarded secrets like items at an all-you-can-eat buffet."--Michael J. Ybarra,
Wall Street Journal

"A careful explanation of the greatest codebreak of the Cold War."--David Ignatius,
Washington Monthly

"John Earl Haynes and Harvey Klehr, who have added so much to our understanding of Soviet communism's efforts in America, have given us the most complete history of the [Venona] project thus far. . . . Books like
Venona are invaluable for what they add to our knowledge of the period and may yet spur a bout of soul-searching among the remnants of the progressive community in America."--Robert Leiter, Jewish Exponent

"This book illuminates the back alleys of the U.S.-Soviet relationship. The story of Soviet spying in the United States . . . forms a hair-raising, even mind-boggling chapter of our incredible century's history. The cast of characters is bizarre, the motives that drove them combine the banal and the unfathomable. Indeed, John Earl Haynes and Harvey Klehr uncover a richer source of drama than the most vivid imagination could conjure up."--Richard C. Hottelet

"[This book] reads like a fast-paced spy novel. If you want to know what the cold war was, and how Americans shaped their opinions of the rest of the world in the last half of our waning century,
Venona is essential reading."--John Hanchette, Gannett News Service

"This new book on Venona gives us new insights on Soviet espionage in the United States during the 1940s and 1950s. . . . What emerges is a fascinating and not very reassuring picture of hundreds of Americans working for Joseph Stalin before, during and after the Soviet Union was an ally of the United States."--Roger Fontaine,
Washington Times

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