Clever Girl: Elizabeth Bentley, the Spy Who Ushered in the by Lauren Kessler

By Lauren Kessler

Communists vilified her as a raging neurotic. Leftists disregarded her as a burdened idealist. Her relations pitied her as an exploited lover. a few acknowledged she used to be a traitor, a stooge, a mercenary and a grandstander. To others she used to be a real American heroine—fearless, principled, daring and resolute. Congressional committees enjoyed her. The FBI hailed her as an avenging angel. The Catholics embraced her. however the truth is, greater than part a century after she captured the headlines because the "Red secret agent Queen," Elizabeth Bentley is still a mystery.

New England-born, conservatively raised, and Vassar-educated, Bentley was once groomed for a quiet existence, a small lifestyles, which she explored in short within the Nineteen Twenties as a instructor, teaching well-heeled younger ladies at the fantastic thing about Romance languages at an east coast boarding university. yet in her mid-twenties, she rejected either prior and destiny and set herself on a wholly new direction. within the Thirties she embraced communism and fell in love with an undercover KGB agent who initiated her into the realm of espionage. by the point the United States plunged into WWII, Elizabeth Bentley used to be directing the operations of the 2 greatest undercover agent earrings in the United States. ultimately, she had 80 humans in her mystery equipment, half them staff of the government. Her assets have been all over the place: within the departments of Treasury and trade, in New Deal firms, within the top-secret OSS (the precursor to the CIA), on Congressional committees, even within the Oval Office.

When she defected in 1945 and instructed her story—first to the FBI after which at a sequence of public hearings and trials—she used to be catapulted to tabloid repute because the "Red undercover agent Queen," ushering in, virtually single-handedly, the McCarthy period. She used to be the government’s megastar witness, the FBI’s most vital informer, and the darling of the Catholic anti-Communist stream. Her disclosures and accusations placed a halt to Russian spying for years and helped to set the tone of yank postwar political life.

But who was once she? a sensible, self sufficient lady who made her offerings freely, correct and improper, and had the power of personality to determine them via? Or used to be she used and manipulated via others? shrewdpermanent woman is the definitive biography of a conflicted American girl and her arguable legacy. Set opposed to the backdrop of the political drama that outlined mid-twentieth century the United States, it explores the secret agent case whose explosive household and overseas coverage repercussions were debated for many years yet now not absolutely revealed—until now.

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