London: Chatto & Windus. 1966. First Edition, First Printing. Hardcover. First Edition. Octavo, original red cloth titled in gilt on spine. 373 pp, Index, photographic illustrations. Corners slightly bumped; a very good, clean copy in a very good, clean dust jacket, lightly worn at extremities, price-clipped. Very Good in Dust Jacket. Item #309962
¶ The story of Richard Sorge a Russian spy, whose brilliant espionage work saved Stalin and the Soviet Union from defeat in the fall of 1941, probably prevented a Nazi victory in World War Two and thereby assured the dimensions of the world we live in today. Masquerading as a Nazi journalist, Richard Sorge worked undetected as head of a Red Army spy ring until he was arrested and executed in Japan during the Second World War. Such an astonishing story as Sorge's is bound to attract attention but not only was this the first book to offer an authoritative account, it has, in many ways, not least in the quality of its writing, never been superseded. The authors rejected legend and found facts that were even stranger. They provide an account as reliable as it is enthralling of possibly the most successful spy who ever operated; a man who for eight years transmitted from Japan a continuous stream of the most valuable information, often derived from the highest quarters, culminating in precise advance information of Hitler's invasion of Russia, of Japan s decision not to attack Russia in 1941, and of the near certainty of war against America that October or November instead. "They do justice to the man whom I regard as the most formidable spy in history" - Ian Fleming.