Russian agent Ted Hall gets a sympathetic treatment in “The Compassionate Spy.”
Great article Peter. Idealistic yet naive people can do a great deal of harm.
Informative and well written. Thanks Peter.
More rightwing nonsense. My anti-Stalinism is second to none. But not only were Soviets allies of the US at the time, they were dying by the millions in the struggle against Nazism, thereby engendering sympathy the world over despite Stalin's crimes. Sympathy continued after the war when the US allied with far-right forces around the globe in order to create what might be described as a Nazi-lite anti-Soviet coalition. Soviet acquisition of the A-bomb meant that Washington could no longer continue its one-sided pressure campaign. The issues are far more complex than you seem to realize.
This article is rightwing BS.
"Millions of lives saved?" Does sound high. But I knew two WWII vets, Max Offerle and Ells Schmid, who were prisoners of the Japanese at the time and were scheduled to be executed by an order to "kill all the prisoners." They lived when the surrender was done sooner than expected. I am very happy that they lived, and I had the opportunity to know them.
Peter Eisner, what a GREAT and fair review of the film - although it does make me want to see it, I feel forewarned about it's bias.
The bio-blurb at the end fails to mention that you are the author of several excellent biographical books about real life spies yourself, most of which I've read. So your observations about Ted Hall are supported by extensive knowledge of the field..