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Book Title: Clever Girl: Elizabeth Bentley, the Spy Who Ushered in the McCarthy Era|
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v The author of the book: Lauren Kessler
Date of issue: August 1st 2004
ISBN 13: 9780060959739
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Read full description of the books Clever Girl: Elizabeth Bentley, the Spy Who Ushered in the McCarthy Era:Elizabeth Bentley was a self-proclaimed Soviet spy who turned FBI informant. This book, while it is sympathetic to her, doesn't ignore her obvious, obvious warts as a human being.
People like Bentley are up for a reexamination, considering that access to Soviet archives has shown those they named were, often, involved in the things they claimed. That said, it is still hard to find them anything other than totally odious individuals.
I think the fundamental problem is pretty apparent: that with the passion of the converted, those informants placed their own sins on those they once called friends, though those people may have been far less culpable. Yet, the informant prospered through the confession, while the person named was destroyed. It just all seems so unseemly, especially when you consider the moral vacuousness of Cold War warriors like McCarthy, Dies, Rankin and Nixon.
Read information about the authorLauren Kessler is the author of six works of narrative nonfiction. She is also the author of Pacific Northwest Book Award winner Dancing with Rose (published in paperback as Finding Life in the Land of Alzheimers), Washington Post bestseller Clever Girl and Los Angeles Times bestseller The Happy Bottom Riding Club which David Letterman, in fierce competition with Oprah, chose as the first (and only) book for the Dave Letterman Book Club. Kessler appeared twice on his late-night show. She is also the author of Oregon Book Award winner Stubborn Twig, which was chosen as the book for all Oregon to read in honor of the states 2009 sesquicentennial.
Her journalism has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Los Angeles Times Magazine, O magazine, Utne Reader, The Nation, newsweek.com and salon.com. She is a national speaker and workshop leader. The founder and editor of Etude, the online magazine of narrative nonfiction, she directs the graduate program in literary nonfiction at the University of Oregon."
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