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Engineering Communism: How Two Americans Spied for Stalin and Founded the Soviet Silicon Valley

Steven T. Usdin

Abstract

This book tells the story of Joel Barr and Alfred Sarant, dedicated Communists and members of the Rosenberg spy ring, who stole information from the United States during World War II, which proved crucial to building the first advanced weapons systems in the USSR. On the brink of arrest, they escaped with the KGB's help and eluded American intelligence for decades. Based on extensive interviews with Barr and new archival evidence, the book explains why Barr and Sarant became spies, how they obtained military secrets, and how FBI blunders led to their escape. It chronicles their pioneering role ... More

Keywords: Joel Barr, Alfred Sarant, Communism, Rosenberg spy ring, United States, USSR, military secrets, World War II, FBI, Soviet computer industry

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780300108743
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300108743.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Steven T. Usdin, author