Spy Cases


Andrew, Christopher M. "F.H. Hinsley and the Cambridge Moles: Two Patterns of Intelligence Recruitment." In Diplomacy and Intelligence During the Second World War: Essays in Honour of F.H. Hinsley, ed. Richard Langhorne, 22-40. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 1985. 2003. [pb]

Carran, Edward. The Soviet Spy Web. London: Ampersand, 1961.

Catherwood, Christopher. The Cuckoos' Nest: Five Hundred Years of Cambridge Spies. Cambridge: Oleander Press, 2013.

For Peake, Studies 58.1 (Mar. 2014), the author "discusses many familiar spy stories, but not very carefully." West's review in IJI&C 27.2 (Summer 2014) essentially demolishes this book piece by piece, and then concludes that "the entire book is replete with hideous errors bordering on the grotesque, and contains absolutely no reliable information or original research."

Deacon, Richard [Donald McCormick].

1. The British Connection: Russia's Manipulation of British Individuals and Institutions. London: Hamish Hamilton, 1979.

2. Escape! The Mogadishu Hijack, Donald Woods, Kim Philby, Lord Lucan, Alfie Hinds, Jeremy Cartland. London: BBC, 1980.

Frolik, Josef. The Frolik Defection: The Memoirs of an Agent. London: Leo Cooper, 1975.

Glees, Anthony.

1. The Stasi Files: East Germany's Secret Operations against Britain. London: Free Press, 2003.

Maddrell, I&NS 19.3 (Autumn 2004), comments that "[p]oor judgement and relatively weak material make this an unsatisfactory book." The author "makes excessive use of speculation, presumption and unconvincing reasoning.... [H]e does not identify a single British informant with access" to classified information. In addition, "Glees' willingness to make claims about the [British] Security Service's operations, even though he had no access to its records, goes much too far."

In a response, Glees, I&NS 19.3 (Autumn 2004), argues that the reviewer "completely ignored the witness testimony" in the book. "The material ... may not be complete but that does not make it 'weak.' ... [By] ignoring the witness testimony, Meddrell fails to understand that in fact I rely as much on witness testimony as on the evidence in the files."

Peake, Studies 47.4 (2003), notes that the author "considers only HVA (East German foreign intelligence) operations involving British subjects.... This is not an easy book to read and understand. It is awkwardly organized and its analysis is steadfastly mediocre. There is doubt that the conclusions are supported by the evidence and [there is] no way to check" since Glees' "research is based on Stasi files that are no longer available to public examination."

2. "The Stasi's UK Operations: Subversion and Espionage, 1973-1989." Journal of Intelligence History 7, no. 1 (Summer 2007): 61-82. [http://www.intelligence-history.org/jih/7-1.html]

3. "The Stasi and UK-GDR Relations." In The Other Germany: Perceptions and Influence in British-East German Relations, 1945-1990, eds. Stefan Berger and Norman LaPorte, 75-90 Augsburg: Wissner, 2005.

Hughes, Geraint. "'Giving the Russians a Bloody Nose': Operation Foot and Soviet Espionage in the United Kingdom, 1964-71." Cold War History 6, no. 2 (May 2006): 229-249.

From abstract: "This article examines the impact of the espionage problem on Anglo-Soviet relations during this period, and analyzes the reasons behind the [1971] expulsions (known as Operation Foot). Foot was implemented not only for reasons of national security, but also because of British resentment at the USSR's frequent abuses of diplomatic privileges."

Kerr, Sheila. "British Cold War Defectors: The Versatile Durable Toys of Cold War Propagandists." In British Intelligence, Strategy and the Cold War, 1945-51, ed. R. J. Aldrich, 112-140. London: Routledge, 1992.

Lucas, Norman. The Great Spy Ring. London: Barker, 1966.

Moorehead, Alan. The Traitors: The Double Life of Fuchs, Pontecorvo and Nunn May. London: Hamish Hamilton, 1952.

According to West, I&NS 19.2/277, Moorehead was fed "sanitised versions of MI5's files on Allan Nunn May, Klaus Fuchs and Bruno Pontecorvo..., thus ensuring The Traitors provided a less than accurate version of the atomic spies."

Murphy, Brendan M. Turncoat: The Strange Case of British Traitor Sgt. Harold Cole. New York: Harcourt, Brace, 1987.

Shipley, Peter. Hostile Action: The KGB and Secret Soviet Operations in Britain. London: St Martin's, 1989. New York: St Martin's, 1990.

Sinclair, Andrew. The Red and the Blue: Intelligence, Treason and the Universities. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1986. The Red and the Blue: Cambridge, Treason and Intelligence. Boston: Little, Brown, 1987.

West, Nigel [Rupert Allason].

1. MASK: MI5's Penetration of the Communist Party of Great Britain. Oxford: Routledge, 2005.

Thurlow, I&NS 21.1 (Feb. 2006), says that "[t]his book is hybrid; a cross between an account of some of the counter-intelligence and counter-espionage operations against the CPGB, the Comintern and Soviet Russia between 1920 and 1945, and the editing of important documents from recently declassified MI5 files." However, it is "neither a coherent narrative nor a satisfactory presentation of edited documents."

2. Venona: The Greatest Secret of the Cold War. London: HarperCollins, 1999.

The dust jacket asserts that this book is "based on the only complete set of [Venona] decrypts held in Britain outside of Whitehall, supplemented by interviews with most of the principal players.... [West] identifies for the first time the real names of several important British spies (including a famous scientist and the son of a peer) whose names have never before made public."

Peake, NWCR 53.3 and Intelligencer 11.2, notes that while the author's "primary focus is Britain, he includes the impact of VENONA on Australian security, with its links to the United States and Britain, and ... describe[s] the links to France, Finland, and Sweden." The reviewer concludes that of the books available "West gives the most comprehensive coverage of the VENONA program and provides a good place to become familiar with its scope and depth." For Herken, I&NS 16.3, West "provides a valuable across-the-Atlantic perspective on Venona."

3. And Oleg Tsarev. The Crown Jewels: The British Secrets at the Heart of the KGB Archives. London: HarperCollins, 1998. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1999.

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4. And Oleg Tsarev, eds. TRIPLEX: Secrets from the Cambridge Spies. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2009.

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