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Engineering communism [electronic resource] : how two Americans spied for Stalin and founded the Soviet Silicon Valley / Steven T. Usdin.

By: Usdin, Steven T, 1961-.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New Haven [Conn.] ; London : Yale University Press, c2005Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 329 p.) : ill.ISBN: 9780300127959 (electronic bk.); 0300127952 (electronic bk.); 9780300108743 (cloth : alk. paper); 0300108745 (cloth : alk. paper); 128172985X; 9781281729859.Subject(s): Berg, Iosef Veniaminovich, 1916-1998 | Staros, Filipp Georgievich, 1918-1979 | Spies -- United States -- Biography | Electrical engineers -- Soviet Union -- Biography | Communists -- United States -- Biography | Espionage, Soviet -- United States -- History -- 20th century | Zelenograd (Russia) -- History | Technology transfer -- Soviet Union | Berg, Iosef Veniaminovich, 1916-1998 | Staros, Filipp Georgievich, 1918-1979 | Espions -- �Etats-Unis -- Biographies | Ing�enieurs �electriciens -- URSS -- Biographies | Communistes -- �Etats-Unis -- Biographies | Espionnage sovi�etique -- �Etats-Unis -- Histoire -- 20e si�ecle | Transfert de technologie -- URSS | Zelenograd (Russie) -- Histoire | BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY -- Political | TRUE CRIME -- Espionage | POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Political Freedom & Security -- Intelligence | Spies -- United States | Electrical engineers -- Soviet Union | Communists -- United States | Electronic booksGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Engineering communism.DDC classification: 327.1247073/0922 Online resources: EBSCOhost
Contents:
Initiation -- Washington, spring 1940 -- Fort Monmouth, 1940-1942 -- Western Electric, 1942-1945 -- Sperry Gyroscope, 1946-1948 -- Prague, 1950-1955 -- Special laboratory 11, 1956-1962 -- Zelenograd, the Soviet Silicon Valley, 1962-1965 -- Leningrad Design Bureau, 1965-1973 -- The minifab, 1975-1990 -- The strange case of Iozef (Josef) Berg AKA Joel Barr, 1990-1998.
Summary: Engineering Communism is the fascinating story of Joel Barr and Alfred Sarant, dedicated Communists and members of the Rosenberg spy ring, who stole information from the United States during World War II, that proved crucial to building the first advanced weapons systems in the USSR. On the brink of arrest, they escaped with KGB's help and eluded American intelligence for decades. Based on extensive interviews with Barr and new archival evidence, Steve Usdin explains why Barr and Sarant became spies, how they obtained military secrets, and how FBI blunders led to their escape. He chronicles their pioneering role in the Soviet computer industry, including their success in convincing Nikita Khrushchev to build a secret Silicon Valley. The book is rich with details of Barr's and Sarant's intriguing and exciting personal lives, their families, as well as their integration into Russian society. Engineering Communism follows the two spies through Sarant's death and Barr's unbelievable return to the United States.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 287-320) and index.

Initiation -- Washington, spring 1940 -- Fort Monmouth, 1940-1942 -- Western Electric, 1942-1945 -- Sperry Gyroscope, 1946-1948 -- Prague, 1950-1955 -- Special laboratory 11, 1956-1962 -- Zelenograd, the Soviet Silicon Valley, 1962-1965 -- Leningrad Design Bureau, 1965-1973 -- The minifab, 1975-1990 -- The strange case of Iozef (Josef) Berg AKA Joel Barr, 1990-1998.

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Engineering Communism is the fascinating story of Joel Barr and Alfred Sarant, dedicated Communists and members of the Rosenberg spy ring, who stole information from the United States during World War II, that proved crucial to building the first advanced weapons systems in the USSR. On the brink of arrest, they escaped with KGB's help and eluded American intelligence for decades. Based on extensive interviews with Barr and new archival evidence, Steve Usdin explains why Barr and Sarant became spies, how they obtained military secrets, and how FBI blunders led to their escape. He chronicles their pioneering role in the Soviet computer industry, including their success in convincing Nikita Khrushchev to build a secret Silicon Valley. The book is rich with details of Barr's and Sarant's intriguing and exciting personal lives, their families, as well as their integration into Russian society. Engineering Communism follows the two spies through Sarant's death and Barr's unbelievable return to the United States.

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