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Agent Sonya: Moscow's most daring wartime spy

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"The New York Times bestselling author of The Spy and the Traitor tells the thrilling true story of the most important female spy in history: an agent code-named "Sonya," who set the stage for the Cold War. In 1942, in a quiet village in the leafy English Cotswolds, a thin, elegant woman lived in a small cottage with her three children and her husband, who worked as a machinist nearby. Ursula Burton was friendly but reserved, and spoke English with a slight foreign accent. By all accounts, she seemed to be living a simple, unassuming life. Her neighbors in the village knew little about her. They didn't know that she was a high-ranking Soviet intelligence officer. They didn't know that her husband was also a spy, or that she was running powerful agents across Europe. Behind the facade of her picturesque life, Burton was a dedicated Communist, a Soviet colonel, and a veteran agent, gathering the scientific secrets that would enable the Soviet Union to build the bomb. This true-life spy story is a masterpiece about the woman code-named "Sonya." Over the course of her career, she was hunted by the Chinese, the Japanese, the Nazis, MI5, MI6, and the FBI-and she evaded them all. Her story reflects the great ideological clash of the twentieth century-between Communism, Fascism, and Western democracy-and casts new light on the spy battles and shifting allegiances of our own times. With unparalleled access to Sonya's diaries and correspondence and never-before-seen information on her clandestine activities, Ben Macintyre has conjured a page-turning history of a legendary secret agent, a woman who influenced the course of the Cold War and helped plunge the world into a decades-long standoff between nuclear superpowers."--
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subject_facetBiographies
Cold War
Espionage, Soviet -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century
Large type books
Nuclear weapons -- History -- 20th century
Soviet Union. -- Glavnoe razvedyvatelʣnoe upravlenie
Soviet Union. -- Glavnoe razvedyvatelʹnoe upravlenie
Spies -- Germany (East) -- Biography
Spies -- Great Britain -- Biography
Spies -- Soviet Union -- Biography
Werner, Ruth, -- 1907-2000
Women spies -- Soviet Union -- Biography
title_displayAgent Sonya : Moscow's most daring wartime spy
title_fullAgent Sonya : Moscow's most daring wartime spy / Ben Macintyre
Agent Sonya Moscow's Most Daring Wartime Spy
Agent Sonya [text (large print)] : Moscow's most daring wartime spy / Ben Macintyre
title_shortAgent Sonya
title_subMoscow's most daring wartime spy
topic_facetCold War
Espionage, Soviet
History
Nonfiction
Nuclear weapons
Politics
Spies
True Crime
Werner, Ruth
Women spies