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True Believer - Stalin's Last American Spy

Kati Marton

This astonishing real-life spy thriller, filled with danger, misplaced loyalties, betrayal, treachery, and pure evil, with a plot twist worthy of John le Carré, 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.

This astonishing real-life spy thriller, filled with danger, misplaced loyalties, betrayal, treachery, and pure evil, with a plot twist worthy of John le Carré, 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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This astonishing real-life spy thriller, filled with danger, misplaced loyalties, betrayal, treachery, and pure evil, with a plot twist worthy of John le Carré, 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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Amanda Carlin

Length:

8h 58m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:33


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

08:08


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

09:16


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

12:13


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

12:03


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

33:17


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

27:56


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

29:08


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

31:01


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

11:17


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

23:58


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

12:34


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

26:24


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

13:39


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:45


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

23:19


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

15:58


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

09:34


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

13:29


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

22:48


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

13:15


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

28:02


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

10:32


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

47:14


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

23:29


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

33:10


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:25


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

16:33


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

15:29


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

01:01