I received a free Kindle copy of this book courtesy of Net Galley and Simon Schuster, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would write a review and post it in Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my review blog. I also posted the review on my Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Google Plus pages.
I requested a copy of this book because and I am an avid reader of American History and the description of this book sounded interesting. It is the first book by Kati Marton that I have read.
This book covers the life of Noel Field who early in his life became a committed communist. It covers his time working in the State Department and later his life in Hungary. He was so devoted to the cause that he continually made excuses for abuses to his family and himself by the party to which he was devoted. In many ways this was a sad testament to a man who, for whatever reason, was blind to the reality that was happening to him.
It was a bit of a tough read even though I found parts of the book interesting. I was tempted to put it aside a few times as it was clear that Field was not going to change regardless of what happened to him, his family or his country. In fact, I felt sorry for him due to his inability to face reality. He was a spy for the Soviet Union, but not a particularly good one.
I recommend this book for anyone looking for a character study on someone who spied on his country for no other reason than he believed in a cause.