Operation Whisper: The Capture of Soviet Spies Morris and Lona Cohen
Barnes CarrE-book: $19.99
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Journalist Carr meticulously documents the astonishing life and times of these anything but average Americans. He vividly evokes the tedium and deceit, interspersed with bursts of terror, that make up the life of a spy. Fans of fictional and true espionage, and readers interested in the history of the 20th-century communist movement and the Cold War, will enjoy this intricate chronicle.
--Laurie UngerSkinner, Library Journal
While the story is an interesting one in and of itself, the context of how [the Cohens] were able to operate for so long without detection is really the element that is of more interest.
--Journal of Strategic Security
Carr’s book is painstakingly researched, and his use of sources constitutes his greatest strength. As a part of his research, he managed to have the Cohens’ FBI file declassified, which he uses to a great degree as his story builds to a climax with their eventual capture. Carr notes in his Introduction that other authors have written about the Cohens/Krogers but never within the same book. Indeed, his recounting of his quest to follow the American Cohens to the British archives is intriguing.
--International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence
This book fills in a gap in the annals of Soviet espionage. Clearly, the Cohens contributed much more to the theft of the atomic secret than the Rosenbergs, who were executed. This book was of special interest to me because I got to know Morris and Lona personally while I was in Moscow being prepared by the KGB for undercover work in the United States. The Cohens were absolutely lovely people who were great friends and neighbors. Goes to show you that the old saying ‘Don't judge a book by its cover’ is very true. Those (honestly) nice people served an evil cause. As much as it might pain one to say that, consequently, they were evil themselves, it is the hard truth.
--Jack Barsky, former KGB agent in America and author of Deep Undercover
In Operation Whisper, Carr takes us back to the golden age of Soviet spies in America, when the ideology was stark, the tradecraft basic, and the stakes were as high as they come: the Atomic bomb.
--Naveed Jamali, former double agent and coauthor of How t
BARNES CARR has been a newspaper and wire service reporter and editor in Mississippi, New York, Boston, Montreal, Memphis, New Orleans, and Washington, DC, covering some of the biggest stories of our time, from the capture of the Boston Strangler to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. He is the recipient of a 2013 William Faulkner Gold Medal for fiction. A graduate of Tulane University, he has lived most of his life in New Orleans and now resides in Houston.