Like Father Like Son: A Dynasty of Spies by Vin Arthey

Like Father Like Son: A Dynasty of Spies Author: Vin Arthey
eBook Title: Like Father Like Son: A Dynasty of Spies
ISBN10: 1903608074
ISBN13: 978-1903608074
Language: English
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group (February 1, 2005)
Category: Biographies & Memoris
Subcategory: Specific Groups
Size ePub vers.: 1778 kb
Size PDF vers.: 1271 kb
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Rating: 4.0
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The crux of this absorbing and timely memoir of Cold War espionage is the swap of KGB agent Rudolph Abel for American pilot Frank Powers, back to their superpower homes in 1962. Abel had been caught spying in New York in the late 1950s; Powers shot down on a reconnaissance mission over Sverdlovsk in 1960. Yet astonishingly in 1983, it transpired that the man tried and convicted as Rudolph Abel was in fact Willie Fisher from Newcastle. The narrative traces Willie's story from Newcastle to Moscow to New York, tracing the birth of his father Heinrich to German parents in Russia. Despite marriage and a daughter and life in the northeast of England, Willie was dedicated to his Communist Party work, and an expertise with radio operation and his facility for languages. When Willie's spying activities were exposed in New York, cautious to the end he claimed to be Rudolph Abel, the name of an old comrade, and the Soviet authorities colluded in his deceit.

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