Item description for The Spy Who Seduced America: Lies and Betrayal in the Heat of the Cold War: The Judith Coplon Story by Marcia Mitchell...
Judith Coplon was young and pretty, and possibly a spy for the Soviet Union when she was arrested in 1949 for espionage. Due to FBI bungling, Coplon was arrested twice, indicted twice, tried twice-and set free both times. J. Edgar Hoover never wanted to prosecute her, FBI agents perjured themselves on the stand, and Coplon's lawyer, who specialized in bankruptcy, created a circus out of the courtroom. Utilizing recently declassified material, personal interviews with Coplon's husband and numerous FBI and KGB contacts, and Thomas Mitchell's firsthand account of the case as an FBI agent, the two authors started off on opposite ends-one thinking she was innocent and the other believing she was guilty-before discovering the truth about America's Mata Hari in bobby socks.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.3" Width: 6.32" Height: 1.22" Weight: 1.6 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2002
Publisher Invisible Cities Press Llc
ISBN 1931229228 ISBN13 9781931229227
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More About Marcia Mitchell
Mitchell raised six children while taking care of her husband who had very early Alzheimer's.
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Marred by Ms. Mitchell's bias in favor of her subject Sep 11, 2003
I gave this book to a Russian-born friend (he jumped from a Soviet ship to live in the West some thirty years ago), because his family name is the same as one of the spies named in the book. He gave them back because the author's bias in favor of Coplon had made him sick. He said: "For me, that woman help to kill my family". That was how I learnt that his grandfather had been the son of a small shopkeeper before the Russian Revolution and so, a member of an "enemy" class, and that was enough for him, his wife and several other relatives to perish in the Gulag, at the time when Judith Coplon was helping the regime who did it. I think he has a point. Just like Hitler's genocide was possible because "ordinary" germans were willing to perpetrate it, Stalin could kill more than thirty million people because "ordinary" Russians, and Americans like Judith Coplon, and other nationals were willing to ignore, condone or aprove it.
Marcia Mitchell cannot ignore the evidence that probes Coplon's guilt beyond any reasonable doubt, so she tells us that she was a spy, but she never tells us that she was a traitor to her country or that she was helping the murderous regime of Stalin. Her sympathy for Coplon makes her draw each nice aspect of her with the rosiest colours, to make her look like the sweet, innocent victim she pretend to be at the time of her trial, and she goes ever farther. It is laughable when she claims that Coplon was severely punished because she could not leave on holidays with her family for many years. I think that even if the FBI was not a saint, there was a failure of justice because she was not punished for her crime.
The book leaves you with a feeling that you want to learn more about the human side of the case, but you feel that it is always cut short when something may not be favourable to Coplon. For example: was her husband really so naive (if you can call him that way) to believe in her innocence for fifty years?, what does he says now that all the evidence has come to light?, does he still denies his wife actions like others deny the Holocaust?
BS Aug 25, 2003
As a man who lived through the generation myself; i found this book a disgrace to our times. Judith Coplon was innocent and prejudiced against because of her religion and gender. The book is severly baised. Judith Coplon was as guilty as the moon is made of cheese.
The Spy Who Seduced America Aug 9, 2003
This is a great book, true, well written, and at times hilarious. It completes the story of Judith Coplon, a story which had many of us guessing, and which was subject to political slanting by both liberals and conservatives. And, strangely, although the liberals were more graceful, it turns out that conservatives were right. The book illustrates the tragedy brought to an innocent and lovely family by the criminal actions of a brilliant and idealistic daughter. There are several interesting discussion possibilities that the book brings to the fore.
Who Was the Real Judith Coplon? Oct 4, 2002
The fascinating and true case of Judith Coplon, who was arrested and charged with spying for the Russians against the US right after World War II, is a story which continued to unfold over a long period of time. For 18 years, the case was on hold, then dropped by Ramsey Clark, but interesting revelations have come forth quite recently. The Mitchells have done a masterful job of detailing this saga of love and betrayal, of guilt and innocence--some of the facts of this case still have powerful implications for today. This dramatic tale would make a wonderful film.
Provocative! Sep 28, 2002
Great story! Even more surprising that it is all true. A surprise ending for those of us who didn't live through the era. A good read for anyone who finds interest in U.S. history, good and bad actions by the government, or just good story-telling.