Atomic Bomb Spies

Klaus Fuchs

Feklisov, Alexandre. Confession d'un Agent Soviétique. Paris: Éditions du Rocher, 1999. Feklisov, Alexander, and Sergei Kostin. Intro, Ronald Radosh. Tr., Catherine Dop. The Man Behind the Rosenbergs: Memoirs of the KGB Spymaster Who Also Controlled Klaus Fuchs and Helped Resolve the Cuban Missile Crisis. New York: Enigma, 2001.

Feklisov died on 26 October 2007. Martin Weil, "Alexander Feklisov, 93; Key Soviet Spy in U.S.," Washington Post, 3 Nov. 2007.

Commenting on the French-language edition, Kiracofe, AFIO WIN 24-99 (18 Jun. 1999) and Intelligencer 10.2, notes that Feklisov served as the case officer for both Julius Rosenberg (1943-1946) and Klaus Fuchs (1947-1949). The author "reveals significant details concerning his long career in Soviet intelligence, including a definitive presentation of the Rosenberg case.... There are also accounts of the successful exfiltration to the Soviet Union of Rosenberg colleagues Joel Barr and Alfred Sarant." Feklisov "includes much interesting commentary" about the Fuchs case. According to the reviewer, the author's "comments on his behind-the-scenes contacts, via John Scali, with the White House during the Cuban Missile Crisis are particularly interesting."

Haynes, I&NS 17.3, finds that, with regard to the Rosenbergs, Feklisov "corroborates, fills in gaps, or fleshes out the story told in Radosh and Milton's The Rosenberg File." Feklisov is, however, "detailed and candid only in regard to Julius Rosenberg and the impressively large network of Communist engineers that Rosenberg brought into espionage. He describes other sources and agents, but in vague terms." For Unsinger, IJI&C16.3, Radosh's introduction is "an interesting critique of Feklisov's revelations." However, Radosh "gives the impression that the entire book was about Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, but it is about far more than them alone."

See also, Joseph Albright and Marcia Kunstel, "Retired KGB Spymaster Lifts Veil on Rosenbergs," Washington Times, 19 Mar. 1997, A1, A6.

Goodman, Michael S.

1. "Grandfather of the Hydrogen Bomb? Klaus Fuchs and Anglo-American Intelligence." Historical Studies in the Physical and Biological Sciences 34, no. 1 (2003): 1-22.

2. "Klaus Fuchs: The Man Who Opened Pandora's Nuclear Box." BBC History Magazine (Feb. 2007), 38-42.

3. "Overview: Sir Michael Perrin's Interviews with Dr. Klaus Fuchs." In Exploring Intelligence Archives: Enquiries into the Secret State, eds. R. Gerald Hughes, Peter Jackson, and Len Scott, 123-132. London and New York: Routledge, 2008.

4. "Santa Klaus? Klaus Fuchs and the Nuclear Weapons Programmes of Britain, the Soviet Union and America." Prospero: The Journal of British Rocketry and Nuclear History 1, no. 1 (Apr. 2004): 47-70.

5. "Who Is Trying to Keep What Secret from Whom and Why? MI5-FBI Relations and the Klaus Fuchs Case." Journal of Cold War Studies 7 (Summer 2005): 124-146.

6. and Chapman Pincher. "Research Note: Attlee, Sillitoe and the Security Aspects of the Fuchs Case." Contemporary British History 19, no. 1 (Spring 2005): 67-78.

From Royal Historical Society Database: "Discussion of a recently released ... and previously classified file relating to the security aspects of the case surrounding the atom spy Klaus Fuchs. The file includes an eight-page memorandum, submitted by the Director-General of MI5, Sir Percy Sillitoe, to the Prime Minister, Clement Attlee."

Hornblum, Allen M. The Invisible Harry Gold: The Man Who Gave the Soviets the Atom Bomb. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2010.

Clark comment: My review of this work appears as: "Not So Invisible to History," International Journal of Intelligence and CounterIntelligence 24, no. 2 (Summer 2011): 383-388. Click for the "author's version" of this review. Click for access to the printed version: http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/atAbWPXA7k2pR8A4MZ9y/full.

Bykofsky, Philadelphia Daily News, 20 Sep. 2010, refers to this as a "richly researched book." For Goulden, Washington Times, 4 Oct. 2010, Hornblum's "book injects the needed human element into an oft-told story," and, thereby, generates some sympathy for Gold, especially in his later life, on the part of the reviewer. Peake, Studies 55.2 (Jun. 2011), finds this "a well-documented, convincing picture of Harry Gold as an anti-fascist who only wanted to help an American ally." Chambers, Intelligencer 18.3 (Summer-Fall 2011), notes that the book has "an excellent epilogue that catches readers up on other actors in the book."

Lamphere, Robert J., and Tom Shachtman. The FBI-KGB War: A Special Agent's Story. New York: Random House, 1986. New York: Berkley, 1986. [pb] New Ed., with Post-Cold War Afterword. Macon, GA: Mercer University Press, 1995. [pb]

Moorehead, Alan. The Traitors: The Double Life of Fuchs, Pontecorvo and Nunn May. London: Hamish Hamilton, 1952.

According to West, I&NS 19.2/277, Moorehead was fed "sanitised versions of MI5's files on Allan Nunn May, Klaus Fuchs and Bruno Pontecorvo..., thus ensuring The Traitors provided a less than accurate version of the atomic spies."

Moss, Norman. The Man Who Stole the Atom Bomb. London: Grafton, 1987. Klaus Fuchs: The Man Who Stole the Atom Bomb. New York: St. Martin's, 1987.

Cosslett, I&NS 3.4: "If one merit of a biography is the extent to which it deals with why, as well as how its subject did the deed, then these two books [Norman Moss and Robert Chadwell Williams] both rank highly."

Rossiter, Mike. The Spy Who Changed the World: Klaus Fuchs and the Secrets of the Nuclear Bomb. London: Headline Publishing Group, 2014.

Peake, Studies 59.1 (Mar. 2015), finds that this "is the most comprehensive account of the Fuchs case to date, but it suffers a major shortcoming. None of the many quotations and facts mentioned are specifically sourced."

Trahair, Richard C.S. "A Psychohistorical Approach to Espionage: Klaus Fuchs (1911-1988)." Mentalities 9, no. 2 (1994): 28-49. [Calder]

Williams, Robert Chadwell. Klaus Fuchs: Atom Spy. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1987.

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