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The Venona Secrets: Exposing Soviet Espionage and America's Traitors

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The Venona Secrets presents one of the last great, untold stories of World War II and the Cold War. In 1995 the Venona documents secret Soviet cable traffic from the 1940s that the United States intercepted and eventually decrypted finally became available to American historians. Now, after spending more than five years researching all the available evidence, espionage exp
Paperback, 608 pages
Published October 1st 2001 by Regnery History (first published October 1st 2000)
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The book is an account of Soviet espionage in the United States, and how much of it was proved by the unveiling of messages between the Soviet Union and its agents in the USA. Venona is the name given to the decoding to these classified Soviet messages by the US government, which the National Security Agency finally opened to the public in 1995.

It's truly sad and frustrating to see the stupidity and partisan politics played by American presidents and heads of major government agencies, particul
This is probably the worst book I have ever read. The authors do a poor job of hiding their biases and the writing is excruciatingly poor. "Venona: Decoding Soviet Espionage in America" by Haynes and Klehr is written and researched infinitely better than Romerstein's work. "The Venona Secrets" is a hack job of history.
Mark Slater
The historical facts are interesting, but the authors leave no opportunity to bash the reader over the head with "LEFT = BAD" commentaries. I get it, anyone non-right-wing is a communist.

So in summary: The book is pretty much utter garbage, and you can get all the interesting tid-bits by reading the Venona Files entry on Wikipedia.
Frank Pinelander
As I watch the news, of various May Day celebrations, for those that want to know exactly HOW this nation came to be communist at it's core, read it in the words of those that worked tirelessly to make it so.

Read about the prevarications, the infiltrations, the purges, the murders. All from decrypted message traffic.
Kevin Maguire
Long and somewhat dry, but great information on the rise of communism in the US. Most of all, it proves Joe McCarthy was right.
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