A Very Principled Boy : the Life of Duncan Lee, Red Spy and Cold Warrior

A Very Principled Boy : the Life of Duncan Lee, Red Spy and Cold Warrior

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"Duncan Chaplin Lee was one of the highest-ranking moles in the wartime U.S. intelligence apparatus. Lee was chief aide to William "Wild Bill" Donovan, the fabled head of the Office of Strategic Services and grandfather of the CIA. During World War II, Lee's political sympathies and desire to advance the fight against fascism led him to leak highly classified information to the Soviets. J. Edgar Hoover would tirelessly trace Lee's movements in an attempt to prove his guilt. A Very Principled Boy shows just how deeply Soviet spies were entrenched in the American intelligence community at the height of the Cold War"
"Duncan Chaplain Lee was an unlikely traitor. A Rhodes Scholar, patriot, and descendent of one of America's most distinguished families, he was also a communist sympathizer who used his position as aid to intelligence chief "Wild Bill" Donovan to leak critical information to the Soviets during World War II. As intelligence expert Mark A. Bradley reveals, Lee was one of Stalin's most valuable moles in U.S. intelligence, passing the KGB vital information on everything from the D-Day invasion to America's plans for postwar Europe. Outwitting both J. Edgar Hoover and Senator Joseph McCarthy, he escaped detection again and again, dying a free man before authorities could prove his guilt. A fast-paced cat-and-mouse tale of misguided idealism and high treason, A Very Principled Boy draws on thousands of previously unreleased CIA and State Department records to reveal the riveting story of one of the greatest traitors of the twentieth century"
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, a member of the Perseus Books Group, 2014
ISBN: 9780465030095
Branch Call Number: 940.5486 LEE BRADL
Characteristics: xvii, 348 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm


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Jan 11, 2020

an American spy reconsiders after the USSR reveals itself to be not the utopia he'd imagined, then spends the rest of his life atoning by performing heroic acts for his country as well as trying to counter continuing, but never proven, accusations about his nefarious activities - the rabid determination of U.S. intelligence agencies is exposed, not to their honour

Jul 12, 2014

Both the subject of this book, and the author, fit the classic profile of traitors to America --- definitely not whistleblower nor leaker material, which is the profile of those who continue to battle on behalf of the US Constitution (John Kiriakou, Pfc. Manning, Cate Jenkins, Bob Binney, Edward Snowden, et cetera).

Jul 12, 2014

In the end, Mark Bradley has to concede that Duncan Lee's passing of OSS info to Soviet spies harmed no one. The USA and USSR were allies, after all, and FDR didn't care. Bradley then blames Lee (and others) for McCarthyism--a neat trick.


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