Agent Sonya: Moscow’s Most Daring Wartime Spy

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Ursula Kuczynski began to bridle at authority in her teenage years. The dysfunction wrought by the loss of World War I had left Germany open to new forms of aggressive, authoritarian government. A spark had been lit inside the seventeen-year-old, having tussled with police at a May Day parade. Her parents urged caution in her actions, yet their own socialist leanings influenced Ursula as well. Ursula visited America in the run up to the Great Depression, viewing the glaring inequalities between rich and poor. She would see the same conditions when she and her Husband Rudolf moved to Shanghai. The class struggle was just part of the war between Nationalists and Communists. Ursula’s fate would be set when she met Richard Sorge, a legend in espionage circles. Sorge and Ursula’s clandestine world intermingled with a romantic relationship. Ursula, soon known as Sonya, would develop her skills in Asia, Poland, Switzerland, and England. Ursula handled operations with global implications, her dedication near fanatical. As her role became prominent, the danger heightened.

Agent Sonya is Ben Macintyre’s latest noteworthy entry in his growing list of works. Ursula Kuczynski redefines fascinating as a subject, her reality as compelling as her facades. The perils she faced non-stop for years feel palpable decades removed. The Cold War may be three decades past, but Macintyre reignites the past with a dedicated flare.


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Author Ben Macintyre
Star Count 5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 400 pages
Publisher Crown
Publish Date 2020-09-15
ISBN 9780593136300
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Issue November 2020
Category History
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