The Case of Richard Sorge Author:F. W. Deakin Courtesy of Time Magazine: — One popular novel and at least eight nonfiction works have been written about the spy ring that Sorge operated in Japan between 1933 and 1941. This book, however, is the definitive one. Oxford Dons Deakin and Storry, who spent three years interviewing officials and studying a massive file of court transcripts and offi... more »cial documents, turned out a sound, scholarly underpinning for the story of Sorge's espionage activities.
Sorge's major achievements were nothing short of remarkable. He had long been a top Red Army agent when he turned up in Tokyo as a correspondent for the Frankfurter Zeitung. He got so cozy with staffers in the German embassy that he was even permitted to edit the office newsletter. Before the Japanese got on to him, Sorge had succeeded in warning Moscow in advance of many of Hitler's plans, told his superiors of the impending Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, and gave them 38 days' advance notice of Hitler's invasion of Russia.« less