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

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The Venona Files--the intercepted communications between the Soviet Union and American communists after World War II--have been plumbed by the authors to find a pattern of espionage and betrayal that endangered the security of the U.S.
Paperback, 608 pages
Published October 1st 2001 by Regnery History (first published October 1st 2000)
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Paul
Feb 10, 2012 Paul rated it really liked it
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
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Mike
Dec 26, 2010 Mike rated it did not like it
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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.
Kevin Maguire
Sep 11, 2012 Kevin Maguire rated it it was amazing
Long and somewhat dry, but great information on the rise of communism in the US. Most of all, it proves Joe McCarthy was right.
MrsRK
Jun 25, 2016 MrsRK rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: truth-seekers, open-minded people
This is most definitely not an attack on the Left--as some seem to believe. The authors merely exposed what was happening at that time in the US. For more generalized information on the evils and dangers of communism, a must read is The Black Book of Communism. Also important and very enlightening are David Horowitz's works: The Black Book of the American Left, Destructive Generation, and Radicals. Complement it with a lighter read by Jonah Goldberg: Liberal Fascism.
Mark Slater
Nov 17, 2011 Mark Slater rated it did not like it
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
May 02, 2013 Frank Pinelander rated it really liked it
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.
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