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- Descriptiondevelopment of the atomic bomb *Written by rewned, prize-winning author Nigel West *The full story of Soviet espionage related for the first time 'West's book makes an important contribution to espionage studies' -Publishers Weekly In September 1945 Igor Gouzenko, a cipher clerk based at Ottawa's Soviet embassy, traded a batch of purloined files in return for a secure future for himself, his pregnant wife and children. His defection led to the slow unravelling of Soviet efforts to steal American atomic secrets, which eventually led to the arrest of Dr Allan Nunn May, a Cambridge-educated physicist who confessed to having passed atomic secrets to a Russian contact in Canada in 1944. Critically acclaimed author Nigel West has been given unprecedented access to files in the British and US archives relating to the Soviet espionage apparatus. His research reveals exactly how the USSR was able to steal and use the techlogical secrets. Their success led to the building of the Soviet atomic bomb. The identities of Dr Nunn May's colleagues on the Manhattan Project who collaborated with the NKVD have never been publicly revealed. West is the first writer to tie together all the ramifications of the Soviet spying effort to steal the A-bomb. The effort stretched across many countries, taking in accomplices and agents in the UK, Canada and the United States in a tightly constructed demonstration of the effectiveness of the NKVD and GRU methods. The decrypted Vena cables are reproduced and juxtaposed with the replies given by Moscow centre, showing the full circle of the espionage effort. About the Author Nigel West is a former Conservative MP and the author of At Her Majesty's Secret Service, an in-depth account of the heads of MI6, which is available from Greenhill Books. He divides his time between his house in England and Washington, D.C.
- Author BiographyNigel West is a former Conservative MP and the author of At Her Majesty's Secret Service, an in-depth account of the heads of MI6, which is available from Greenhill Books. He divides his time between his house in England and Washington, D.C.
- Author(s)Nigel West
- PublisherEnigma Books
- Date of Publication15/01/2005
- SubjectInternational Relations
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintEnigma Books
- Content Note35 photographs
- Weight467 g
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine20 mm
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