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Based on the private, unpublished papers of Victor Kravchenko, never before available to researchers and historians; hundreds of FBI documents won after a six-year lawsuit under the Freedom of Information Act; and extensive interviews with the defector's sons and associates, The Kravchenko Case tells the story of a man who broke away from the closed Soviet society, defected to America, and then waged a one-man war against Stalin's dictatorial regime.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1.5" Width: 6" Height: 9" Weight: 2.05 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2007
Publisher Enigma Books
ISBN 1929631731 ISBN13 9781929631735
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More About Gary Kern
Gary Kern studied at Princeton. His groundbreaking research with a KGB colonel was instrumental in uncovering major atomic spy Theodore Hall. This book has an introduction by the well-known author Nigel West.
Gary Kern currently resides in Los Angeles, in the state of California.
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A magnificent book about a true freedom fighter Jan 13, 2008
This book has been 23 years in the making, and it has been well worth waiting for. It's a meticulously researched account of Viktor Kravchenko who defected from the Soviets in 1944 and lived to tell the world about life in Uncle Joe's paradise in a blockbuster bestseller titled `I Chose Freedom' published in 1946 and translated into numerous languages. It came out just a month after Churchill had delivered his famous Iron Curtain-speech and called for the West to counter communist aggression and treachery. This was a reality check which put an end to the West's gullibility about the nature of Stalin's dictatorship. Communists and fellow-travellers all over the world rose in fury to attack Kravchenko who was depicted as a tool in the arsenal of cold warriors - if he existed at all. Kravchenko sued a French journal for libel and won the ensuing `case of the century' with flying colors. Gary Kern leaves no stone untouched and conclusively documents that Kravchenko was very much his own man. With poor English and no knowledge of US literary style a collaborator - Eugene Lyons - actually wrote the prose but the contents is all Kravchenko's. Kern traces his story up to recent years to the meeting between Kravchenko's two sons - one Soviet who experienced the Gulag, the other American - who had lived their lives unaware of the existence of the other. After reading this book no one can seriously claim that the Cold War was the West's `fault'.
A Remarkable Life Jan 10, 2008
Gary Kern, well-known for his major book on the defector Krivitsky (A DEATH IN WASHINGTON), has now published a fascinating and thorough study of Victor Kravchenko, using archives and documents not previously available. Kravchenko was a defector from the Soviet bureaucracy who was the first to warn the West about Stalin's post-war plans and the first to reveal the extent of the Gulags. His life was complicated by his aggressive temperament, but it was that temperament that led him to confront Stalinists in the course of a bitter trial in France. Kern has digested massive amounts of material here, and one begins to understand better the roots of the Cold War and Kravchenko's role in educating Americans about Stalin's true attitudes. Along the way we are given mini-biographies of Soviet spies in America, a discussion of why Krachenko was against McCarthyism and a revealing look at the nature of the French Communist Party. All in all, a stunning work of scholarship.