Agent Sonya : The Spy Next Door by Ben MacIntyre

Agent Sonya : The Spy Next Door by Ben MacIntyre

Author: Ben MacIntyre
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER – The “master storyteller” (San Francisco Chronicle) behind the New York Times bestseller The Spy and the Traitor uncovers the true story behind one of the Cold War’s most courageous spies.

Described as a “immensely exciting, fast-moving account” by The Washington Post, this book has been hailed as one of the best books of the year by Foreign Affairs, Kirkus Reviews, and Library Journal.

Set in 1942, in a peaceful village in the serene English Cotswolds, resided a slender and graceful woman in a modest cottage. She had three children and her husband, employed as a machinist in the vicinity. Ursula Burton, although friendly, maintained a reserved demeanor and spoke English with a slight foreign accent. Outsiders perceived her as leading a simple and unassuming life.

However, unbeknownst to her fellow villagers, Burton held the position of a high-ranking Soviet intelligence officer. Her husband was also a spy, and she performed the role of running influential agents throughout Europe. Behind her picturesque existence, Burton concealed her true identity as a devoted Communist, a Soviet colonel, and a seasoned operative. Her mission consisted of gathering scientific secrets imperative to the Soviet Union’s development of the atomic bomb.

This extraordinary tale unravels the life of a woman codenamed “Sonya.” Throughout her career, she was pursued by the Chinese, the Japanese, the Nazis, MI5, MI6, and the FBI, yet she eluded them all. Her story illuminates the ideological struggle that engulfed the twentieth century, pitting Communism, Fascism, and Western democracy against one another. Moreover, it sheds new light on the espionage battles and shifting loyalties of our own era.

Benefitting from unrivaled access to Sonya’s personal journals, correspondence, and previously undisclosed information on her covert operations, Ben Macintyre delivers an enthralling account of a legendary secret agent. This woman, who significantly influenced the course of the Cold War, played a pivotal role in precipitating a prolonged standoff between the nuclear superpowers of the world.

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Welcome to the National World War II Museum virtually. I’m here physically, my name is Jeremy Collins, I’m the Director of Conferences and Symposia. Today, we’re bringing this program to you with Hurricane Zeta a couple of hours away from hitting so I wanted to let all of our audience members know that we’re want to bring this program to you come heck or high water, hopefully just heck. If we do have any interruptions, I wanted to apologize beforehand for the technical difficulties with the pending storm. But now it’s my pleasure to get this program started by passing it on to the museum’s Samuel Zemurray Stone Senior Historian and the Executive Director of our Institute for the Study of War and Democracy, Dr. Rob Citino who will be leading today’s conversation. Rob?

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