In the Enemy's House

In the Enemy's House

 The New York Times bestselling author of Dark Invasion and The Last Goodnight once again illuminates the lives of little-known individuals who played a significant role in America?s history as he chronicles the incredible true story of a critical, recently declassified counterintelligence mission and two remarkable agents whose story has been called "the greatest secret o  The New York Times bestselling author of Dark Invasion and The Last Goodnight once again illuminates the lives of li...

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Title:In the Enemy's House
Author:Howard Blum
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:In the Enemy's House: The Secret Saga of the FBI Agent and the Code Breaker Who Caught the Russian Spies
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Format Type:ebook
Number of Pages:336 pages pages

In the Enemy's House Reviews

  • Terri
    Apr 23, 2018

    As good as any fictional spy thriller Howard Blum tells the fascinating story of the race to capture the Soviet spy ring that passed the secrets of the atom bomb to the Soviet Union. The main characters are codebreaker Meredith Gardner and FBI agent Bob Lamphere, and Blum details ho...

    What a book! Especially in light of the years of Cold War that continued for half of a century with the U.S.S.R., and now the "all of a sudden" renewed enlightened interest to Russian espionage. It's a hard book to enter. The first 100 pages are so difficult and personality placeme...

    When I was growing up in Ohio in the 1950s, one of the biggest stories in the news was the execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. They had been convicted of helping spirit scientific details about the construction of the atomic bomb from American scientists and engineers to KGB offic...

    3.5/5 Didn't enjoy this one as much as I have other works by this author. The topic was a bit drier and I found myself needing to focus on details closer than I have in his other works because I wasn't retaining due to lack of interest in the topic. Nevertheless, I still rounded up ...

    3.5/5 I?d probably give this book closer to 3.5 stars, whatever that means. The subject matter is fascinating. The stories are interesting, but the author?s interest in the way he wants to tell the story sometimes gets in the way of the story itself. The book is a narrative non...

    I have to give a lot of credit to the cover designers for this book and for many other works of narrative nonfiction. It only took me a glimpse of this cover to guess this was going to be the sort of historical narrative nonfiction I love. I?m happy to report that the cover was not m...

    Enter the dawn of the cold war from the shadows, where the opening salvos of the cold war are not with guns and bombs, but spies and moles. Where an innocuous all-girls school campus houses the most secret code-breaking team in the United States. When a hot-headed FBI agent (Bob Lamphe...

    Superb book about the Ethel and Julius Rosenberg case. Julius Rosenberg was a Soviet mole working on the atomic bomb and he shared many of the secrets with the USSR. He and his wife were traitors. They ran a spy ring to supply the Soviets with highly classified information. This spy ri...

    An excellent book about the Venona decoding project that led, among other things, to the identification of the spy ring run by Julius Rosenberg. One of the things did very well was to explain how the Russian codes actually worked. I would have liked a little bit more detail on how Mere...

    Howard Blum does an amazing job of giving life to two lesser-known (outside the covert agencies of the west) actors, a dogged FBI agent with a gnawing hunch that the Soviet Union was spying on the US during World War 2, and a brilliant and reclusive linguist and crypt-analyst pretty mu...

    Just finished In The Enemy?s House: The Secret Saga of The FBI Agent and The Code Breaker Who Caught The Russian Spies by Howard Blum. Blum ties up a lot of loose ends for me in particular, the Communist paranoia of the late 40?s and early 50?s that led to the McCarthy witch hunt...

    What a fascinating story of the United States' struggle to unmask the spies involved in the Soviet's plot to steal America's atomic secrets in the 1940s! The two men primarily responsible for this success were the brilliant code breaker Meredith Gardner and the hard-charging FBI agent ...

    I'll admit it, I'm a sucker for books about the atomic espionage on the 40s and 50s. This book contained aspects new to me: the role and work of the linguist Meredith Gardner in breaking Soviet codes, the role of FBI agent Bob Lamphere is running down Rosenberg and many other agents, a...

    In the Enemy?s House, Howard Blum This is a very well written book, enjoyable to read, and hard to put down. It?s amazing that the two protagonists, Bob Lamphere (the FBI agent), and Meredith Gardner (the code breaker), having entirely different personalities and approaches to the...

    Most interesting part of this book is the part that relates how two diverse characters, one a geeky code breaker and the other an intense FBI agent combined their individual talents to bring down a bevy of Soviet spies. Alas, too late to stem a tide of Atomic bomb secrets from going to...

    A nice sequel to Jim Baggott's The First War Of Physics, this is one account of the counter-espionage effort by U.S. Army cryptanalysts and FBI agents to decrypt Soviet message traffic and apprehend Soviet agents working on US and British soil to steal intellectual property concerning ...

    I marked this as both non-fiction and historical fiction as enough of the book deals with historical documents and facts to qualify as non-fiction, but Blum also creates enough details to make the book interesting and readable that some historical fiction is weaved in. While the col...

    A very interesting and historical read on how two allies fighting Hitler became Spy vs Spy in the post war Cold War. At stake would be America's secret in developing a nuclear weapon that the KGB was dying to get it hands on. A remarkable true story of two very devote people, one an FB...

    No one who reads this book should be surprised y how it ends, but Blum still makes for a suspenseful and exciting narrative. My only objection comes from his portrayal of his two protagonists, codebreaker Meredith Gardner and FBI Agent Bob Lamphere, as, essentially, unwilling accomplic...

    The Russians were allies of the US in WWII, but that did not stop them from stealing plans for atomic weapons. This is a fascinating look at the FBI agent and the cryptographer who broke the code and eventually broke the cell that lead to Julius Rosenberg. Howard Blum is a master write...

  • Peter Lutz
    Jul 13, 2018

    As good as any fictional spy thriller Howard Blum tells the fascinating story of the race to capture the Soviet spy ring that passed the secrets of the atom bomb to the Soviet Union. The main characters are codebreaker Meredith Gardner and FBI agent Bob Lamphere, and Blum details ho...

    What a book! Especially in light of the years of Cold War that continued for half of a century with the U.S.S.R., and now the "all of a sudden" renewed enlightened interest to Russian espionage. It's a hard book to enter. The first 100 pages are so difficult and personality placeme...

    When I was growing up in Ohio in the 1950s, one of the biggest stories in the news was the execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. They had been convicted of helping spirit scientific details about the construction of the atomic bomb from American scientists and engineers to KGB offic...

    3.5/5 Didn't enjoy this one as much as I have other works by this author. The topic was a bit drier and I found myself needing to focus on details closer than I have in his other works because I wasn't retaining due to lack of interest in the topic. Nevertheless, I still rounded up ...

    3.5/5 I?d probably give this book closer to 3.5 stars, whatever that means. The subject matter is fascinating. The stories are interesting, but the author?s interest in the way he wants to tell the story sometimes gets in the way of the story itself. The book is a narrative non...

    I have to give a lot of credit to the cover designers for this book and for many other works of narrative nonfiction. It only took me a glimpse of this cover to guess this was going to be the sort of historical narrative nonfiction I love. I?m happy to report that the cover was not m...

    Enter the dawn of the cold war from the shadows, where the opening salvos of the cold war are not with guns and bombs, but spies and moles. Where an innocuous all-girls school campus houses the most secret code-breaking team in the United States. When a hot-headed FBI agent (Bob Lamphe...

    Superb book about the Ethel and Julius Rosenberg case. Julius Rosenberg was a Soviet mole working on the atomic bomb and he shared many of the secrets with the USSR. He and his wife were traitors. They ran a spy ring to supply the Soviets with highly classified information. This spy ri...

    An excellent book about the Venona decoding project that led, among other things, to the identification of the spy ring run by Julius Rosenberg. One of the things did very well was to explain how the Russian codes actually worked. I would have liked a little bit more detail on how Mere...

    Howard Blum does an amazing job of giving life to two lesser-known (outside the covert agencies of the west) actors, a dogged FBI agent with a gnawing hunch that the Soviet Union was spying on the US during World War 2, and a brilliant and reclusive linguist and crypt-analyst pretty mu...

    Just finished In The Enemy?s House: The Secret Saga of The FBI Agent and The Code Breaker Who Caught The Russian Spies by Howard Blum. Blum ties up a lot of loose ends for me in particular, the Communist paranoia of the late 40?s and early 50?s that led to the McCarthy witch hunt...

    What a fascinating story of the United States' struggle to unmask the spies involved in the Soviet's plot to steal America's atomic secrets in the 1940s! The two men primarily responsible for this success were the brilliant code breaker Meredith Gardner and the hard-charging FBI agent ...

    I'll admit it, I'm a sucker for books about the atomic espionage on the 40s and 50s. This book contained aspects new to me: the role and work of the linguist Meredith Gardner in breaking Soviet codes, the role of FBI agent Bob Lamphere is running down Rosenberg and many other agents, a...

    In the Enemy?s House, Howard Blum This is a very well written book, enjoyable to read, and hard to put down. It?s amazing that the two protagonists, Bob Lamphere (the FBI agent), and Meredith Gardner (the code breaker), having entirely different personalities and approaches to the...

    Most interesting part of this book is the part that relates how two diverse characters, one a geeky code breaker and the other an intense FBI agent combined their individual talents to bring down a bevy of Soviet spies. Alas, too late to stem a tide of Atomic bomb secrets from going to...

    A nice sequel to Jim Baggott's The First War Of Physics, this is one account of the counter-espionage effort by U.S. Army cryptanalysts and FBI agents to decrypt Soviet message traffic and apprehend Soviet agents working on US and British soil to steal intellectual property concerning ...

    I marked this as both non-fiction and historical fiction as enough of the book deals with historical documents and facts to qualify as non-fiction, but Blum also creates enough details to make the book interesting and readable that some historical fiction is weaved in. While the col...

    A very interesting and historical read on how two allies fighting Hitler became Spy vs Spy in the post war Cold War. At stake would be America's secret in developing a nuclear weapon that the KGB was dying to get it hands on. A remarkable true story of two very devote people, one an FB...

    No one who reads this book should be surprised y how it ends, but Blum still makes for a suspenseful and exciting narrative. My only objection comes from his portrayal of his two protagonists, codebreaker Meredith Gardner and FBI Agent Bob Lamphere, as, essentially, unwilling accomplic...

    The Russians were allies of the US in WWII, but that did not stop them from stealing plans for atomic weapons. This is a fascinating look at the FBI agent and the cryptographer who broke the code and eventually broke the cell that lead to Julius Rosenberg. Howard Blum is a master write...

    The Best Kind of Spy Thriller Kudos to Mr. Blum on his fast paced, informative retelling of this all too overlooked episode in the history of USSR-U.S. relations. The story flies by and leaves one with a clear appreciation of the significance of this period. ...

    Great real-life spy thriller. Informative and insightful regarding cold-war fears and prejudices, distrust and incriminations concerning communism in the states in the early 40s. Also profvides an interesting peek into early FBI culture. ...

    Fascinating, well-written and researched and packed with information which filled in a lot of blanks about the code breakers. It can be a bit dry at times due to the number of players and the amount of information involved. ...

    Hard to understand why I had trouble getting into this book. It is a fascinating story, but either because of the writing style (frequent leaps in time and perspective) or the vast number of characters, the book did not keep my interest and I struggled to finish it. ...

    I received this book from a goodreads giveaway.This is a well written book with a fascinating story.The characters were well defined which led to a great story being told.I loved this book and look forward to reading more of his work. ...

    Totally compelling and well researched and written. Coukd not put it down ! ...

  • Tricia
    Aug 11, 2018

    As good as any fictional spy thriller Howard Blum tells the fascinating story of the race to capture the Soviet spy ring that passed the secrets of the atom bomb to the Soviet Union. The main characters are codebreaker Meredith Gardner and FBI agent Bob Lamphere, and Blum details ho...

    What a book! Especially in light of the years of Cold War that continued for half of a century with the U.S.S.R., and now the "all of a sudden" renewed enlightened interest to Russian espionage. It's a hard book to enter. The first 100 pages are so difficult and personality placeme...

    When I was growing up in Ohio in the 1950s, one of the biggest stories in the news was the execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. They had been convicted of helping spirit scientific details about the construction of the atomic bomb from American scientists and engineers to KGB offic...

    3.5/5 Didn't enjoy this one as much as I have other works by this author. The topic was a bit drier and I found myself needing to focus on details closer than I have in his other works because I wasn't retaining due to lack of interest in the topic. Nevertheless, I still rounded up ...

    3.5/5 I?d probably give this book closer to 3.5 stars, whatever that means. The subject matter is fascinating. The stories are interesting, but the author?s interest in the way he wants to tell the story sometimes gets in the way of the story itself. The book is a narrative non...

    I have to give a lot of credit to the cover designers for this book and for many other works of narrative nonfiction. It only took me a glimpse of this cover to guess this was going to be the sort of historical narrative nonfiction I love. I?m happy to report that the cover was not m...

    Enter the dawn of the cold war from the shadows, where the opening salvos of the cold war are not with guns and bombs, but spies and moles. Where an innocuous all-girls school campus houses the most secret code-breaking team in the United States. When a hot-headed FBI agent (Bob Lamphe...

    Superb book about the Ethel and Julius Rosenberg case. Julius Rosenberg was a Soviet mole working on the atomic bomb and he shared many of the secrets with the USSR. He and his wife were traitors. They ran a spy ring to supply the Soviets with highly classified information. This spy ri...

    An excellent book about the Venona decoding project that led, among other things, to the identification of the spy ring run by Julius Rosenberg. One of the things did very well was to explain how the Russian codes actually worked. I would have liked a little bit more detail on how Mere...

    Howard Blum does an amazing job of giving life to two lesser-known (outside the covert agencies of the west) actors, a dogged FBI agent with a gnawing hunch that the Soviet Union was spying on the US during World War 2, and a brilliant and reclusive linguist and crypt-analyst pretty mu...

    Just finished In The Enemy?s House: The Secret Saga of The FBI Agent and The Code Breaker Who Caught The Russian Spies by Howard Blum. Blum ties up a lot of loose ends for me in particular, the Communist paranoia of the late 40?s and early 50?s that led to the McCarthy witch hunt...

    What a fascinating story of the United States' struggle to unmask the spies involved in the Soviet's plot to steal America's atomic secrets in the 1940s! The two men primarily responsible for this success were the brilliant code breaker Meredith Gardner and the hard-charging FBI agent ...

    I'll admit it, I'm a sucker for books about the atomic espionage on the 40s and 50s. This book contained aspects new to me: the role and work of the linguist Meredith Gardner in breaking Soviet codes, the role of FBI agent Bob Lamphere is running down Rosenberg and many other agents, a...

  • Neal
    Apr 12, 2018

    As good as any fictional spy thriller Howard Blum tells the fascinating story of the race to capture the Soviet spy ring that passed the secrets of the atom bomb to the Soviet Union. The main characters are codebreaker Meredith Gardner and FBI agent Bob Lamphere, and Blum details ho...

    What a book! Especially in light of the years of Cold War that continued for half of a century with the U.S.S.R., and now the "all of a sudden" renewed enlightened interest to Russian espionage. It's a hard book to enter. The first 100 pages are so difficult and personality placeme...

    When I was growing up in Ohio in the 1950s, one of the biggest stories in the news was the execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. They had been convicted of helping spirit scientific details about the construction of the atomic bomb from American scientists and engineers to KGB offic...

    3.5/5 Didn't enjoy this one as much as I have other works by this author. The topic was a bit drier and I found myself needing to focus on details closer than I have in his other works because I wasn't retaining due to lack of interest in the topic. Nevertheless, I still rounded up ...

    3.5/5 I?d probably give this book closer to 3.5 stars, whatever that means. The subject matter is fascinating. The stories are interesting, but the author?s interest in the way he wants to tell the story sometimes gets in the way of the story itself. The book is a narrative non...

  • Jack Goodstein
    Jun 22, 2018

    As good as any fictional spy thriller Howard Blum tells the fascinating story of the race to capture the Soviet spy ring that passed the secrets of the atom bomb to the Soviet Union. The main characters are codebreaker Meredith Gardner and FBI agent Bob Lamphere, and Blum details ho...

    What a book! Especially in light of the years of Cold War that continued for half of a century with the U.S.S.R., and now the "all of a sudden" renewed enlightened interest to Russian espionage. It's a hard book to enter. The first 100 pages are so difficult and personality placeme...

    When I was growing up in Ohio in the 1950s, one of the biggest stories in the news was the execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. They had been convicted of helping spirit scientific details about the construction of the atomic bomb from American scientists and engineers to KGB offic...

    3.5/5 Didn't enjoy this one as much as I have other works by this author. The topic was a bit drier and I found myself needing to focus on details closer than I have in his other works because I wasn't retaining due to lack of interest in the topic. Nevertheless, I still rounded up ...

    3.5/5 I?d probably give this book closer to 3.5 stars, whatever that means. The subject matter is fascinating. The stories are interesting, but the author?s interest in the way he wants to tell the story sometimes gets in the way of the story itself. The book is a narrative non...

    I have to give a lot of credit to the cover designers for this book and for many other works of narrative nonfiction. It only took me a glimpse of this cover to guess this was going to be the sort of historical narrative nonfiction I love. I?m happy to report that the cover was not m...

    Enter the dawn of the cold war from the shadows, where the opening salvos of the cold war are not with guns and bombs, but spies and moles. Where an innocuous all-girls school campus houses the most secret code-breaking team in the United States. When a hot-headed FBI agent (Bob Lamphe...

    Superb book about the Ethel and Julius Rosenberg case. Julius Rosenberg was a Soviet mole working on the atomic bomb and he shared many of the secrets with the USSR. He and his wife were traitors. They ran a spy ring to supply the Soviets with highly classified information. This spy ri...

    An excellent book about the Venona decoding project that led, among other things, to the identification of the spy ring run by Julius Rosenberg. One of the things did very well was to explain how the Russian codes actually worked. I would have liked a little bit more detail on how Mere...

    Howard Blum does an amazing job of giving life to two lesser-known (outside the covert agencies of the west) actors, a dogged FBI agent with a gnawing hunch that the Soviet Union was spying on the US during World War 2, and a brilliant and reclusive linguist and crypt-analyst pretty mu...

    Just finished In The Enemy?s House: The Secret Saga of The FBI Agent and The Code Breaker Who Caught The Russian Spies by Howard Blum. Blum ties up a lot of loose ends for me in particular, the Communist paranoia of the late 40?s and early 50?s that led to the McCarthy witch hunt...

    What a fascinating story of the United States' struggle to unmask the spies involved in the Soviet's plot to steal America's atomic secrets in the 1940s! The two men primarily responsible for this success were the brilliant code breaker Meredith Gardner and the hard-charging FBI agent ...

    I'll admit it, I'm a sucker for books about the atomic espionage on the 40s and 50s. This book contained aspects new to me: the role and work of the linguist Meredith Gardner in breaking Soviet codes, the role of FBI agent Bob Lamphere is running down Rosenberg and many other agents, a...

    In the Enemy?s House, Howard Blum This is a very well written book, enjoyable to read, and hard to put down. It?s amazing that the two protagonists, Bob Lamphere (the FBI agent), and Meredith Gardner (the code breaker), having entirely different personalities and approaches to the...

    Most interesting part of this book is the part that relates how two diverse characters, one a geeky code breaker and the other an intense FBI agent combined their individual talents to bring down a bevy of Soviet spies. Alas, too late to stem a tide of Atomic bomb secrets from going to...

    A nice sequel to Jim Baggott's The First War Of Physics, this is one account of the counter-espionage effort by U.S. Army cryptanalysts and FBI agents to decrypt Soviet message traffic and apprehend Soviet agents working on US and British soil to steal intellectual property concerning ...

    I marked this as both non-fiction and historical fiction as enough of the book deals with historical documents and facts to qualify as non-fiction, but Blum also creates enough details to make the book interesting and readable that some historical fiction is weaved in. While the col...

    A very interesting and historical read on how two allies fighting Hitler became Spy vs Spy in the post war Cold War. At stake would be America's secret in developing a nuclear weapon that the KGB was dying to get it hands on. A remarkable true story of two very devote people, one an FB...

    No one who reads this book should be surprised y how it ends, but Blum still makes for a suspenseful and exciting narrative. My only objection comes from his portrayal of his two protagonists, codebreaker Meredith Gardner and FBI Agent Bob Lamphere, as, essentially, unwilling accomplic...

    The Russians were allies of the US in WWII, but that did not stop them from stealing plans for atomic weapons. This is a fascinating look at the FBI agent and the cryptographer who broke the code and eventually broke the cell that lead to Julius Rosenberg. Howard Blum is a master write...

    The Best Kind of Spy Thriller Kudos to Mr. Blum on his fast paced, informative retelling of this all too overlooked episode in the history of USSR-U.S. relations. The story flies by and leaves one with a clear appreciation of the significance of this period. ...

    Great real-life spy thriller. Informative and insightful regarding cold-war fears and prejudices, distrust and incriminations concerning communism in the states in the early 40s. Also profvides an interesting peek into early FBI culture. ...

    Fascinating, well-written and researched and packed with information which filled in a lot of blanks about the code breakers. It can be a bit dry at times due to the number of players and the amount of information involved. ...

    Hard to understand why I had trouble getting into this book. It is a fascinating story, but either because of the writing style (frequent leaps in time and perspective) or the vast number of characters, the book did not keep my interest and I struggled to finish it. ...

    I received this book from a goodreads giveaway.This is a well written book with a fascinating story.The characters were well defined which led to a great story being told.I loved this book and look forward to reading more of his work. ...

    Totally compelling and well researched and written. Coukd not put it down ! ...

    Fascinating subject but too many similar stories makes it repetitive and lacking structure. ...

    reads like a novel. ...

  • Ann
    Jul 07, 2018

    As good as any fictional spy thriller Howard Blum tells the fascinating story of the race to capture the Soviet spy ring that passed the secrets of the atom bomb to the Soviet Union. The main characters are codebreaker Meredith Gardner and FBI agent Bob Lamphere, and Blum details ho...

    What a book! Especially in light of the years of Cold War that continued for half of a century with the U.S.S.R., and now the "all of a sudden" renewed enlightened interest to Russian espionage. It's a hard book to enter. The first 100 pages are so difficult and personality placeme...

    When I was growing up in Ohio in the 1950s, one of the biggest stories in the news was the execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. They had been convicted of helping spirit scientific details about the construction of the atomic bomb from American scientists and engineers to KGB offic...

    3.5/5 Didn't enjoy this one as much as I have other works by this author. The topic was a bit drier and I found myself needing to focus on details closer than I have in his other works because I wasn't retaining due to lack of interest in the topic. Nevertheless, I still rounded up ...

    3.5/5 I?d probably give this book closer to 3.5 stars, whatever that means. The subject matter is fascinating. The stories are interesting, but the author?s interest in the way he wants to tell the story sometimes gets in the way of the story itself. The book is a narrative non...

    I have to give a lot of credit to the cover designers for this book and for many other works of narrative nonfiction. It only took me a glimpse of this cover to guess this was going to be the sort of historical narrative nonfiction I love. I?m happy to report that the cover was not m...

    Enter the dawn of the cold war from the shadows, where the opening salvos of the cold war are not with guns and bombs, but spies and moles. Where an innocuous all-girls school campus houses the most secret code-breaking team in the United States. When a hot-headed FBI agent (Bob Lamphe...

    Superb book about the Ethel and Julius Rosenberg case. Julius Rosenberg was a Soviet mole working on the atomic bomb and he shared many of the secrets with the USSR. He and his wife were traitors. They ran a spy ring to supply the Soviets with highly classified information. This spy ri...

    An excellent book about the Venona decoding project that led, among other things, to the identification of the spy ring run by Julius Rosenberg. One of the things did very well was to explain how the Russian codes actually worked. I would have liked a little bit more detail on how Mere...

  • Alan Kaplan
    May 31, 2018

    As good as any fictional spy thriller Howard Blum tells the fascinating story of the race to capture the Soviet spy ring that passed the secrets of the atom bomb to the Soviet Union. The main characters are codebreaker Meredith Gardner and FBI agent Bob Lamphere, and Blum details ho...

    What a book! Especially in light of the years of Cold War that continued for half of a century with the U.S.S.R., and now the "all of a sudden" renewed enlightened interest to Russian espionage. It's a hard book to enter. The first 100 pages are so difficult and personality placeme...

    When I was growing up in Ohio in the 1950s, one of the biggest stories in the news was the execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. They had been convicted of helping spirit scientific details about the construction of the atomic bomb from American scientists and engineers to KGB offic...

    3.5/5 Didn't enjoy this one as much as I have other works by this author. The topic was a bit drier and I found myself needing to focus on details closer than I have in his other works because I wasn't retaining due to lack of interest in the topic. Nevertheless, I still rounded up ...

    3.5/5 I?d probably give this book closer to 3.5 stars, whatever that means. The subject matter is fascinating. The stories are interesting, but the author?s interest in the way he wants to tell the story sometimes gets in the way of the story itself. The book is a narrative non...

    I have to give a lot of credit to the cover designers for this book and for many other works of narrative nonfiction. It only took me a glimpse of this cover to guess this was going to be the sort of historical narrative nonfiction I love. I?m happy to report that the cover was not m...

    Enter the dawn of the cold war from the shadows, where the opening salvos of the cold war are not with guns and bombs, but spies and moles. Where an innocuous all-girls school campus houses the most secret code-breaking team in the United States. When a hot-headed FBI agent (Bob Lamphe...

    Superb book about the Ethel and Julius Rosenberg case. Julius Rosenberg was a Soviet mole working on the atomic bomb and he shared many of the secrets with the USSR. He and his wife were traitors. They ran a spy ring to supply the Soviets with highly classified information. This spy ri...

  • Greg
    Aug 19, 2018

    As good as any fictional spy thriller Howard Blum tells the fascinating story of the race to capture the Soviet spy ring that passed the secrets of the atom bomb to the Soviet Union. The main characters are codebreaker Meredith Gardner and FBI agent Bob Lamphere, and Blum details ho...

    What a book! Especially in light of the years of Cold War that continued for half of a century with the U.S.S.R., and now the "all of a sudden" renewed enlightened interest to Russian espionage. It's a hard book to enter. The first 100 pages are so difficult and personality placeme...

    When I was growing up in Ohio in the 1950s, one of the biggest stories in the news was the execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. They had been convicted of helping spirit scientific details about the construction of the atomic bomb from American scientists and engineers to KGB offic...

    3.5/5 Didn't enjoy this one as much as I have other works by this author. The topic was a bit drier and I found myself needing to focus on details closer than I have in his other works because I wasn't retaining due to lack of interest in the topic. Nevertheless, I still rounded up ...

    3.5/5 I?d probably give this book closer to 3.5 stars, whatever that means. The subject matter is fascinating. The stories are interesting, but the author?s interest in the way he wants to tell the story sometimes gets in the way of the story itself. The book is a narrative non...

    I have to give a lot of credit to the cover designers for this book and for many other works of narrative nonfiction. It only took me a glimpse of this cover to guess this was going to be the sort of historical narrative nonfiction I love. I?m happy to report that the cover was not m...

    Enter the dawn of the cold war from the shadows, where the opening salvos of the cold war are not with guns and bombs, but spies and moles. Where an innocuous all-girls school campus houses the most secret code-breaking team in the United States. When a hot-headed FBI agent (Bob Lamphe...

    Superb book about the Ethel and Julius Rosenberg case. Julius Rosenberg was a Soviet mole working on the atomic bomb and he shared many of the secrets with the USSR. He and his wife were traitors. They ran a spy ring to supply the Soviets with highly classified information. This spy ri...

    An excellent book about the Venona decoding project that led, among other things, to the identification of the spy ring run by Julius Rosenberg. One of the things did very well was to explain how the Russian codes actually worked. I would have liked a little bit more detail on how Mere...

    Howard Blum does an amazing job of giving life to two lesser-known (outside the covert agencies of the west) actors, a dogged FBI agent with a gnawing hunch that the Soviet Union was spying on the US during World War 2, and a brilliant and reclusive linguist and crypt-analyst pretty mu...

    Just finished In The Enemy?s House: The Secret Saga of The FBI Agent and The Code Breaker Who Caught The Russian Spies by Howard Blum. Blum ties up a lot of loose ends for me in particular, the Communist paranoia of the late 40?s and early 50?s that led to the McCarthy witch hunt...

    What a fascinating story of the United States' struggle to unmask the spies involved in the Soviet's plot to steal America's atomic secrets in the 1940s! The two men primarily responsible for this success were the brilliant code breaker Meredith Gardner and the hard-charging FBI agent ...

    I'll admit it, I'm a sucker for books about the atomic espionage on the 40s and 50s. This book contained aspects new to me: the role and work of the linguist Meredith Gardner in breaking Soviet codes, the role of FBI agent Bob Lamphere is running down Rosenberg and many other agents, a...

    In the Enemy?s House, Howard Blum This is a very well written book, enjoyable to read, and hard to put down. It?s amazing that the two protagonists, Bob Lamphere (the FBI agent), and Meredith Gardner (the code breaker), having entirely different personalities and approaches to the...

    Most interesting part of this book is the part that relates how two diverse characters, one a geeky code breaker and the other an intense FBI agent combined their individual talents to bring down a bevy of Soviet spies. Alas, too late to stem a tide of Atomic bomb secrets from going to...

    A nice sequel to Jim Baggott's The First War Of Physics, this is one account of the counter-espionage effort by U.S. Army cryptanalysts and FBI agents to decrypt Soviet message traffic and apprehend Soviet agents working on US and British soil to steal intellectual property concerning ...

    I marked this as both non-fiction and historical fiction as enough of the book deals with historical documents and facts to qualify as non-fiction, but Blum also creates enough details to make the book interesting and readable that some historical fiction is weaved in. While the col...

    A very interesting and historical read on how two allies fighting Hitler became Spy vs Spy in the post war Cold War. At stake would be America's secret in developing a nuclear weapon that the KGB was dying to get it hands on. A remarkable true story of two very devote people, one an FB...

    No one who reads this book should be surprised y how it ends, but Blum still makes for a suspenseful and exciting narrative. My only objection comes from his portrayal of his two protagonists, codebreaker Meredith Gardner and FBI Agent Bob Lamphere, as, essentially, unwilling accomplic...

  • Elmwoodblues
    Mar 31, 2018

    As good as any fictional spy thriller Howard Blum tells the fascinating story of the race to capture the Soviet spy ring that passed the secrets of the atom bomb to the Soviet Union. The main characters are codebreaker Meredith Gardner and FBI agent Bob Lamphere, and Blum details ho...

    What a book! Especially in light of the years of Cold War that continued for half of a century with the U.S.S.R., and now the "all of a sudden" renewed enlightened interest to Russian espionage. It's a hard book to enter. The first 100 pages are so difficult and personality placeme...

    When I was growing up in Ohio in the 1950s, one of the biggest stories in the news was the execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. They had been convicted of helping spirit scientific details about the construction of the atomic bomb from American scientists and engineers to KGB offic...

    3.5/5 Didn't enjoy this one as much as I have other works by this author. The topic was a bit drier and I found myself needing to focus on details closer than I have in his other works because I wasn't retaining due to lack of interest in the topic. Nevertheless, I still rounded up ...

    3.5/5 I?d probably give this book closer to 3.5 stars, whatever that means. The subject matter is fascinating. The stories are interesting, but the author?s interest in the way he wants to tell the story sometimes gets in the way of the story itself. The book is a narrative non...

    I have to give a lot of credit to the cover designers for this book and for many other works of narrative nonfiction. It only took me a glimpse of this cover to guess this was going to be the sort of historical narrative nonfiction I love. I?m happy to report that the cover was not m...

    Enter the dawn of the cold war from the shadows, where the opening salvos of the cold war are not with guns and bombs, but spies and moles. Where an innocuous all-girls school campus houses the most secret code-breaking team in the United States. When a hot-headed FBI agent (Bob Lamphe...

    Superb book about the Ethel and Julius Rosenberg case. Julius Rosenberg was a Soviet mole working on the atomic bomb and he shared many of the secrets with the USSR. He and his wife were traitors. They ran a spy ring to supply the Soviets with highly classified information. This spy ri...

    An excellent book about the Venona decoding project that led, among other things, to the identification of the spy ring run by Julius Rosenberg. One of the things did very well was to explain how the Russian codes actually worked. I would have liked a little bit more detail on how Mere...

    Howard Blum does an amazing job of giving life to two lesser-known (outside the covert agencies of the west) actors, a dogged FBI agent with a gnawing hunch that the Soviet Union was spying on the US during World War 2, and a brilliant and reclusive linguist and crypt-analyst pretty mu...

  • John
    Aug 07, 2018

    As good as any fictional spy thriller Howard Blum tells the fascinating story of the race to capture the Soviet spy ring that passed the secrets of the atom bomb to the Soviet Union. The main characters are codebreaker Meredith Gardner and FBI agent Bob Lamphere, and Blum details ho...

    What a book! Especially in light of the years of Cold War that continued for half of a century with the U.S.S.R., and now the "all of a sudden" renewed enlightened interest to Russian espionage. It's a hard book to enter. The first 100 pages are so difficult and personality placeme...

    When I was growing up in Ohio in the 1950s, one of the biggest stories in the news was the execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. They had been convicted of helping spirit scientific details about the construction of the atomic bomb from American scientists and engineers to KGB offic...

    3.5/5 Didn't enjoy this one as much as I have other works by this author. The topic was a bit drier and I found myself needing to focus on details closer than I have in his other works because I wasn't retaining due to lack of interest in the topic. Nevertheless, I still rounded up ...

    3.5/5 I?d probably give this book closer to 3.5 stars, whatever that means. The subject matter is fascinating. The stories are interesting, but the author?s interest in the way he wants to tell the story sometimes gets in the way of the story itself. The book is a narrative non...

    I have to give a lot of credit to the cover designers for this book and for many other works of narrative nonfiction. It only took me a glimpse of this cover to guess this was going to be the sort of historical narrative nonfiction I love. I?m happy to report that the cover was not m...

    Enter the dawn of the cold war from the shadows, where the opening salvos of the cold war are not with guns and bombs, but spies and moles. Where an innocuous all-girls school campus houses the most secret code-breaking team in the United States. When a hot-headed FBI agent (Bob Lamphe...

    Superb book about the Ethel and Julius Rosenberg case. Julius Rosenberg was a Soviet mole working on the atomic bomb and he shared many of the secrets with the USSR. He and his wife were traitors. They ran a spy ring to supply the Soviets with highly classified information. This spy ri...

    An excellent book about the Venona decoding project that led, among other things, to the identification of the spy ring run by Julius Rosenberg. One of the things did very well was to explain how the Russian codes actually worked. I would have liked a little bit more detail on how Mere...

    Howard Blum does an amazing job of giving life to two lesser-known (outside the covert agencies of the west) actors, a dogged FBI agent with a gnawing hunch that the Soviet Union was spying on the US during World War 2, and a brilliant and reclusive linguist and crypt-analyst pretty mu...

    Just finished In The Enemy?s House: The Secret Saga of The FBI Agent and The Code Breaker Who Caught The Russian Spies by Howard Blum. Blum ties up a lot of loose ends for me in particular, the Communist paranoia of the late 40?s and early 50?s that led to the McCarthy witch hunt...

    What a fascinating story of the United States' struggle to unmask the spies involved in the Soviet's plot to steal America's atomic secrets in the 1940s! The two men primarily responsible for this success were the brilliant code breaker Meredith Gardner and the hard-charging FBI agent ...

    I'll admit it, I'm a sucker for books about the atomic espionage on the 40s and 50s. This book contained aspects new to me: the role and work of the linguist Meredith Gardner in breaking Soviet codes, the role of FBI agent Bob Lamphere is running down Rosenberg and many other agents, a...

    In the Enemy?s House, Howard Blum This is a very well written book, enjoyable to read, and hard to put down. It?s amazing that the two protagonists, Bob Lamphere (the FBI agent), and Meredith Gardner (the code breaker), having entirely different personalities and approaches to the...

    Most interesting part of this book is the part that relates how two diverse characters, one a geeky code breaker and the other an intense FBI agent combined their individual talents to bring down a bevy of Soviet spies. Alas, too late to stem a tide of Atomic bomb secrets from going to...

  • Kieran Healy
    May 07, 2018

    As good as any fictional spy thriller Howard Blum tells the fascinating story of the race to capture the Soviet spy ring that passed the secrets of the atom bomb to the Soviet Union. The main characters are codebreaker Meredith Gardner and FBI agent Bob Lamphere, and Blum details ho...

    What a book! Especially in light of the years of Cold War that continued for half of a century with the U.S.S.R., and now the "all of a sudden" renewed enlightened interest to Russian espionage. It's a hard book to enter. The first 100 pages are so difficult and personality placeme...

    When I was growing up in Ohio in the 1950s, one of the biggest stories in the news was the execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. They had been convicted of helping spirit scientific details about the construction of the atomic bomb from American scientists and engineers to KGB offic...

    3.5/5 Didn't enjoy this one as much as I have other works by this author. The topic was a bit drier and I found myself needing to focus on details closer than I have in his other works because I wasn't retaining due to lack of interest in the topic. Nevertheless, I still rounded up ...

    3.5/5 I?d probably give this book closer to 3.5 stars, whatever that means. The subject matter is fascinating. The stories are interesting, but the author?s interest in the way he wants to tell the story sometimes gets in the way of the story itself. The book is a narrative non...

    I have to give a lot of credit to the cover designers for this book and for many other works of narrative nonfiction. It only took me a glimpse of this cover to guess this was going to be the sort of historical narrative nonfiction I love. I?m happy to report that the cover was not m...

    Enter the dawn of the cold war from the shadows, where the opening salvos of the cold war are not with guns and bombs, but spies and moles. Where an innocuous all-girls school campus houses the most secret code-breaking team in the United States. When a hot-headed FBI agent (Bob Lamphe...

  • Naomi
    Apr 05, 2018

    As good as any fictional spy thriller Howard Blum tells the fascinating story of the race to capture the Soviet spy ring that passed the secrets of the atom bomb to the Soviet Union. The main characters are codebreaker Meredith Gardner and FBI agent Bob Lamphere, and Blum details ho...

    What a book! Especially in light of the years of Cold War that continued for half of a century with the U.S.S.R., and now the "all of a sudden" renewed enlightened interest to Russian espionage. It's a hard book to enter. The first 100 pages are so difficult and personality placeme...

    When I was growing up in Ohio in the 1950s, one of the biggest stories in the news was the execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. They had been convicted of helping spirit scientific details about the construction of the atomic bomb from American scientists and engineers to KGB offic...

    3.5/5 Didn't enjoy this one as much as I have other works by this author. The topic was a bit drier and I found myself needing to focus on details closer than I have in his other works because I wasn't retaining due to lack of interest in the topic. Nevertheless, I still rounded up ...

  • Mal Warwick
    Jun 27, 2018

    As good as any fictional spy thriller Howard Blum tells the fascinating story of the race to capture the Soviet spy ring that passed the secrets of the atom bomb to the Soviet Union. The main characters are codebreaker Meredith Gardner and FBI agent Bob Lamphere, and Blum details ho...

    What a book! Especially in light of the years of Cold War that continued for half of a century with the U.S.S.R., and now the "all of a sudden" renewed enlightened interest to Russian espionage. It's a hard book to enter. The first 100 pages are so difficult and personality placeme...

    When I was growing up in Ohio in the 1950s, one of the biggest stories in the news was the execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. They had been convicted of helping spirit scientific details about the construction of the atomic bomb from American scientists and engineers to KGB offic...

  • Manchester Military History Society (MMHS)
    Mar 10, 2018

    As good as any fictional spy thriller Howard Blum tells the fascinating story of the race to capture the Soviet spy ring that passed the secrets of the atom bomb to the Soviet Union. The main characters are codebreaker Meredith Gardner and FBI agent Bob Lamphere, and Blum details ho...

  • Dennis Hogan
    Apr 19, 2018

    As good as any fictional spy thriller Howard Blum tells the fascinating story of the race to capture the Soviet spy ring that passed the secrets of the atom bomb to the Soviet Union. The main characters are codebreaker Meredith Gardner and FBI agent Bob Lamphere, and Blum details ho...

    What a book! Especially in light of the years of Cold War that continued for half of a century with the U.S.S.R., and now the "all of a sudden" renewed enlightened interest to Russian espionage. It's a hard book to enter. The first 100 pages are so difficult and personality placeme...

    When I was growing up in Ohio in the 1950s, one of the biggest stories in the news was the execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. They had been convicted of helping spirit scientific details about the construction of the atomic bomb from American scientists and engineers to KGB offic...

    3.5/5 Didn't enjoy this one as much as I have other works by this author. The topic was a bit drier and I found myself needing to focus on details closer than I have in his other works because I wasn't retaining due to lack of interest in the topic. Nevertheless, I still rounded up ...

    3.5/5 I?d probably give this book closer to 3.5 stars, whatever that means. The subject matter is fascinating. The stories are interesting, but the author?s interest in the way he wants to tell the story sometimes gets in the way of the story itself. The book is a narrative non...

    I have to give a lot of credit to the cover designers for this book and for many other works of narrative nonfiction. It only took me a glimpse of this cover to guess this was going to be the sort of historical narrative nonfiction I love. I?m happy to report that the cover was not m...

    Enter the dawn of the cold war from the shadows, where the opening salvos of the cold war are not with guns and bombs, but spies and moles. Where an innocuous all-girls school campus houses the most secret code-breaking team in the United States. When a hot-headed FBI agent (Bob Lamphe...

    Superb book about the Ethel and Julius Rosenberg case. Julius Rosenberg was a Soviet mole working on the atomic bomb and he shared many of the secrets with the USSR. He and his wife were traitors. They ran a spy ring to supply the Soviets with highly classified information. This spy ri...

    An excellent book about the Venona decoding project that led, among other things, to the identification of the spy ring run by Julius Rosenberg. One of the things did very well was to explain how the Russian codes actually worked. I would have liked a little bit more detail on how Mere...

    Howard Blum does an amazing job of giving life to two lesser-known (outside the covert agencies of the west) actors, a dogged FBI agent with a gnawing hunch that the Soviet Union was spying on the US during World War 2, and a brilliant and reclusive linguist and crypt-analyst pretty mu...

    Just finished In The Enemy?s House: The Secret Saga of The FBI Agent and The Code Breaker Who Caught The Russian Spies by Howard Blum. Blum ties up a lot of loose ends for me in particular, the Communist paranoia of the late 40?s and early 50?s that led to the McCarthy witch hunt...

  • Shirley (stampartiste)
    May 03, 2018

    As good as any fictional spy thriller Howard Blum tells the fascinating story of the race to capture the Soviet spy ring that passed the secrets of the atom bomb to the Soviet Union. The main characters are codebreaker Meredith Gardner and FBI agent Bob Lamphere, and Blum details ho...

    What a book! Especially in light of the years of Cold War that continued for half of a century with the U.S.S.R., and now the "all of a sudden" renewed enlightened interest to Russian espionage. It's a hard book to enter. The first 100 pages are so difficult and personality placeme...

    When I was growing up in Ohio in the 1950s, one of the biggest stories in the news was the execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. They had been convicted of helping spirit scientific details about the construction of the atomic bomb from American scientists and engineers to KGB offic...

    3.5/5 Didn't enjoy this one as much as I have other works by this author. The topic was a bit drier and I found myself needing to focus on details closer than I have in his other works because I wasn't retaining due to lack of interest in the topic. Nevertheless, I still rounded up ...

    3.5/5 I?d probably give this book closer to 3.5 stars, whatever that means. The subject matter is fascinating. The stories are interesting, but the author?s interest in the way he wants to tell the story sometimes gets in the way of the story itself. The book is a narrative non...

    I have to give a lot of credit to the cover designers for this book and for many other works of narrative nonfiction. It only took me a glimpse of this cover to guess this was going to be the sort of historical narrative nonfiction I love. I?m happy to report that the cover was not m...

    Enter the dawn of the cold war from the shadows, where the opening salvos of the cold war are not with guns and bombs, but spies and moles. Where an innocuous all-girls school campus houses the most secret code-breaking team in the United States. When a hot-headed FBI agent (Bob Lamphe...

    Superb book about the Ethel and Julius Rosenberg case. Julius Rosenberg was a Soviet mole working on the atomic bomb and he shared many of the secrets with the USSR. He and his wife were traitors. They ran a spy ring to supply the Soviets with highly classified information. This spy ri...

    An excellent book about the Venona decoding project that led, among other things, to the identification of the spy ring run by Julius Rosenberg. One of the things did very well was to explain how the Russian codes actually worked. I would have liked a little bit more detail on how Mere...

    Howard Blum does an amazing job of giving life to two lesser-known (outside the covert agencies of the west) actors, a dogged FBI agent with a gnawing hunch that the Soviet Union was spying on the US during World War 2, and a brilliant and reclusive linguist and crypt-analyst pretty mu...

    Just finished In The Enemy?s House: The Secret Saga of The FBI Agent and The Code Breaker Who Caught The Russian Spies by Howard Blum. Blum ties up a lot of loose ends for me in particular, the Communist paranoia of the late 40?s and early 50?s that led to the McCarthy witch hunt...

    What a fascinating story of the United States' struggle to unmask the spies involved in the Soviet's plot to steal America's atomic secrets in the 1940s! The two men primarily responsible for this success were the brilliant code breaker Meredith Gardner and the hard-charging FBI agent ...

  • Katie/Doing Dewey
    Aug 02, 2018

    As good as any fictional spy thriller Howard Blum tells the fascinating story of the race to capture the Soviet spy ring that passed the secrets of the atom bomb to the Soviet Union. The main characters are codebreaker Meredith Gardner and FBI agent Bob Lamphere, and Blum details ho...

    What a book! Especially in light of the years of Cold War that continued for half of a century with the U.S.S.R., and now the "all of a sudden" renewed enlightened interest to Russian espionage. It's a hard book to enter. The first 100 pages are so difficult and personality placeme...

    When I was growing up in Ohio in the 1950s, one of the biggest stories in the news was the execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. They had been convicted of helping spirit scientific details about the construction of the atomic bomb from American scientists and engineers to KGB offic...

    3.5/5 Didn't enjoy this one as much as I have other works by this author. The topic was a bit drier and I found myself needing to focus on details closer than I have in his other works because I wasn't retaining due to lack of interest in the topic. Nevertheless, I still rounded up ...

    3.5/5 I?d probably give this book closer to 3.5 stars, whatever that means. The subject matter is fascinating. The stories are interesting, but the author?s interest in the way he wants to tell the story sometimes gets in the way of the story itself. The book is a narrative non...

    I have to give a lot of credit to the cover designers for this book and for many other works of narrative nonfiction. It only took me a glimpse of this cover to guess this was going to be the sort of historical narrative nonfiction I love. I?m happy to report that the cover was not m...

  • Mitch Cardella Trudel Du Mond
    Sep 20, 2018

    As good as any fictional spy thriller Howard Blum tells the fascinating story of the race to capture the Soviet spy ring that passed the secrets of the atom bomb to the Soviet Union. The main characters are codebreaker Meredith Gardner and FBI agent Bob Lamphere, and Blum details ho...

    What a book! Especially in light of the years of Cold War that continued for half of a century with the U.S.S.R., and now the "all of a sudden" renewed enlightened interest to Russian espionage. It's a hard book to enter. The first 100 pages are so difficult and personality placeme...

    When I was growing up in Ohio in the 1950s, one of the biggest stories in the news was the execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. They had been convicted of helping spirit scientific details about the construction of the atomic bomb from American scientists and engineers to KGB offic...

    3.5/5 Didn't enjoy this one as much as I have other works by this author. The topic was a bit drier and I found myself needing to focus on details closer than I have in his other works because I wasn't retaining due to lack of interest in the topic. Nevertheless, I still rounded up ...

    3.5/5 I?d probably give this book closer to 3.5 stars, whatever that means. The subject matter is fascinating. The stories are interesting, but the author?s interest in the way he wants to tell the story sometimes gets in the way of the story itself. The book is a narrative non...

    I have to give a lot of credit to the cover designers for this book and for many other works of narrative nonfiction. It only took me a glimpse of this cover to guess this was going to be the sort of historical narrative nonfiction I love. I?m happy to report that the cover was not m...

    Enter the dawn of the cold war from the shadows, where the opening salvos of the cold war are not with guns and bombs, but spies and moles. Where an innocuous all-girls school campus houses the most secret code-breaking team in the United States. When a hot-headed FBI agent (Bob Lamphe...

    Superb book about the Ethel and Julius Rosenberg case. Julius Rosenberg was a Soviet mole working on the atomic bomb and he shared many of the secrets with the USSR. He and his wife were traitors. They ran a spy ring to supply the Soviets with highly classified information. This spy ri...

    An excellent book about the Venona decoding project that led, among other things, to the identification of the spy ring run by Julius Rosenberg. One of the things did very well was to explain how the Russian codes actually worked. I would have liked a little bit more detail on how Mere...

    Howard Blum does an amazing job of giving life to two lesser-known (outside the covert agencies of the west) actors, a dogged FBI agent with a gnawing hunch that the Soviet Union was spying on the US during World War 2, and a brilliant and reclusive linguist and crypt-analyst pretty mu...

    Just finished In The Enemy?s House: The Secret Saga of The FBI Agent and The Code Breaker Who Caught The Russian Spies by Howard Blum. Blum ties up a lot of loose ends for me in particular, the Communist paranoia of the late 40?s and early 50?s that led to the McCarthy witch hunt...

    What a fascinating story of the United States' struggle to unmask the spies involved in the Soviet's plot to steal America's atomic secrets in the 1940s! The two men primarily responsible for this success were the brilliant code breaker Meredith Gardner and the hard-charging FBI agent ...

    I'll admit it, I'm a sucker for books about the atomic espionage on the 40s and 50s. This book contained aspects new to me: the role and work of the linguist Meredith Gardner in breaking Soviet codes, the role of FBI agent Bob Lamphere is running down Rosenberg and many other agents, a...

    In the Enemy?s House, Howard Blum This is a very well written book, enjoyable to read, and hard to put down. It?s amazing that the two protagonists, Bob Lamphere (the FBI agent), and Meredith Gardner (the code breaker), having entirely different personalities and approaches to the...

    Most interesting part of this book is the part that relates how two diverse characters, one a geeky code breaker and the other an intense FBI agent combined their individual talents to bring down a bevy of Soviet spies. Alas, too late to stem a tide of Atomic bomb secrets from going to...

    A nice sequel to Jim Baggott's The First War Of Physics, this is one account of the counter-espionage effort by U.S. Army cryptanalysts and FBI agents to decrypt Soviet message traffic and apprehend Soviet agents working on US and British soil to steal intellectual property concerning ...

    I marked this as both non-fiction and historical fiction as enough of the book deals with historical documents and facts to qualify as non-fiction, but Blum also creates enough details to make the book interesting and readable that some historical fiction is weaved in. While the col...

    A very interesting and historical read on how two allies fighting Hitler became Spy vs Spy in the post war Cold War. At stake would be America's secret in developing a nuclear weapon that the KGB was dying to get it hands on. A remarkable true story of two very devote people, one an FB...

    No one who reads this book should be surprised y how it ends, but Blum still makes for a suspenseful and exciting narrative. My only objection comes from his portrayal of his two protagonists, codebreaker Meredith Gardner and FBI Agent Bob Lamphere, as, essentially, unwilling accomplic...

    The Russians were allies of the US in WWII, but that did not stop them from stealing plans for atomic weapons. This is a fascinating look at the FBI agent and the cryptographer who broke the code and eventually broke the cell that lead to Julius Rosenberg. Howard Blum is a master write...

    The Best Kind of Spy Thriller Kudos to Mr. Blum on his fast paced, informative retelling of this all too overlooked episode in the history of USSR-U.S. relations. The story flies by and leaves one with a clear appreciation of the significance of this period. ...

    Great real-life spy thriller. Informative and insightful regarding cold-war fears and prejudices, distrust and incriminations concerning communism in the states in the early 40s. Also profvides an interesting peek into early FBI culture. ...

    Fascinating, well-written and researched and packed with information which filled in a lot of blanks about the code breakers. It can be a bit dry at times due to the number of players and the amount of information involved. ...

    Hard to understand why I had trouble getting into this book. It is a fascinating story, but either because of the writing style (frequent leaps in time and perspective) or the vast number of characters, the book did not keep my interest and I struggled to finish it. ...

    I received this book from a goodreads giveaway.This is a well written book with a fascinating story.The characters were well defined which led to a great story being told.I loved this book and look forward to reading more of his work. ...

    Totally compelling and well researched and written. Coukd not put it down ! ...

    Fascinating subject but too many similar stories makes it repetitive and lacking structure. ...

    reads like a novel. ...

    Dry ...

    good book ...

  • Jeanette
    Mar 10, 2018

    As good as any fictional spy thriller Howard Blum tells the fascinating story of the race to capture the Soviet spy ring that passed the secrets of the atom bomb to the Soviet Union. The main characters are codebreaker Meredith Gardner and FBI agent Bob Lamphere, and Blum details ho...

    What a book! Especially in light of the years of Cold War that continued for half of a century with the U.S.S.R., and now the "all of a sudden" renewed enlightened interest to Russian espionage. It's a hard book to enter. The first 100 pages are so difficult and personality placeme...

  • Bob T
    Apr 29, 2018

    As good as any fictional spy thriller Howard Blum tells the fascinating story of the race to capture the Soviet spy ring that passed the secrets of the atom bomb to the Soviet Union. The main characters are codebreaker Meredith Gardner and FBI agent Bob Lamphere, and Blum details ho...

    What a book! Especially in light of the years of Cold War that continued for half of a century with the U.S.S.R., and now the "all of a sudden" renewed enlightened interest to Russian espionage. It's a hard book to enter. The first 100 pages are so difficult and personality placeme...

    When I was growing up in Ohio in the 1950s, one of the biggest stories in the news was the execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. They had been convicted of helping spirit scientific details about the construction of the atomic bomb from American scientists and engineers to KGB offic...

    3.5/5 Didn't enjoy this one as much as I have other works by this author. The topic was a bit drier and I found myself needing to focus on details closer than I have in his other works because I wasn't retaining due to lack of interest in the topic. Nevertheless, I still rounded up ...

    3.5/5 I?d probably give this book closer to 3.5 stars, whatever that means. The subject matter is fascinating. The stories are interesting, but the author?s interest in the way he wants to tell the story sometimes gets in the way of the story itself. The book is a narrative non...

    I have to give a lot of credit to the cover designers for this book and for many other works of narrative nonfiction. It only took me a glimpse of this cover to guess this was going to be the sort of historical narrative nonfiction I love. I?m happy to report that the cover was not m...

    Enter the dawn of the cold war from the shadows, where the opening salvos of the cold war are not with guns and bombs, but spies and moles. Where an innocuous all-girls school campus houses the most secret code-breaking team in the United States. When a hot-headed FBI agent (Bob Lamphe...

    Superb book about the Ethel and Julius Rosenberg case. Julius Rosenberg was a Soviet mole working on the atomic bomb and he shared many of the secrets with the USSR. He and his wife were traitors. They ran a spy ring to supply the Soviets with highly classified information. This spy ri...

    An excellent book about the Venona decoding project that led, among other things, to the identification of the spy ring run by Julius Rosenberg. One of the things did very well was to explain how the Russian codes actually worked. I would have liked a little bit more detail on how Mere...

    Howard Blum does an amazing job of giving life to two lesser-known (outside the covert agencies of the west) actors, a dogged FBI agent with a gnawing hunch that the Soviet Union was spying on the US during World War 2, and a brilliant and reclusive linguist and crypt-analyst pretty mu...

    Just finished In The Enemy?s House: The Secret Saga of The FBI Agent and The Code Breaker Who Caught The Russian Spies by Howard Blum. Blum ties up a lot of loose ends for me in particular, the Communist paranoia of the late 40?s and early 50?s that led to the McCarthy witch hunt...

    What a fascinating story of the United States' struggle to unmask the spies involved in the Soviet's plot to steal America's atomic secrets in the 1940s! The two men primarily responsible for this success were the brilliant code breaker Meredith Gardner and the hard-charging FBI agent ...

    I'll admit it, I'm a sucker for books about the atomic espionage on the 40s and 50s. This book contained aspects new to me: the role and work of the linguist Meredith Gardner in breaking Soviet codes, the role of FBI agent Bob Lamphere is running down Rosenberg and many other agents, a...

    In the Enemy?s House, Howard Blum This is a very well written book, enjoyable to read, and hard to put down. It?s amazing that the two protagonists, Bob Lamphere (the FBI agent), and Meredith Gardner (the code breaker), having entirely different personalities and approaches to the...

    Most interesting part of this book is the part that relates how two diverse characters, one a geeky code breaker and the other an intense FBI agent combined their individual talents to bring down a bevy of Soviet spies. Alas, too late to stem a tide of Atomic bomb secrets from going to...

    A nice sequel to Jim Baggott's The First War Of Physics, this is one account of the counter-espionage effort by U.S. Army cryptanalysts and FBI agents to decrypt Soviet message traffic and apprehend Soviet agents working on US and British soil to steal intellectual property concerning ...

    I marked this as both non-fiction and historical fiction as enough of the book deals with historical documents and facts to qualify as non-fiction, but Blum also creates enough details to make the book interesting and readable that some historical fiction is weaved in. While the col...

    A very interesting and historical read on how two allies fighting Hitler became Spy vs Spy in the post war Cold War. At stake would be America's secret in developing a nuclear weapon that the KGB was dying to get it hands on. A remarkable true story of two very devote people, one an FB...

    No one who reads this book should be surprised y how it ends, but Blum still makes for a suspenseful and exciting narrative. My only objection comes from his portrayal of his two protagonists, codebreaker Meredith Gardner and FBI Agent Bob Lamphere, as, essentially, unwilling accomplic...

    The Russians were allies of the US in WWII, but that did not stop them from stealing plans for atomic weapons. This is a fascinating look at the FBI agent and the cryptographer who broke the code and eventually broke the cell that lead to Julius Rosenberg. Howard Blum is a master write...

    The Best Kind of Spy Thriller Kudos to Mr. Blum on his fast paced, informative retelling of this all too overlooked episode in the history of USSR-U.S. relations. The story flies by and leaves one with a clear appreciation of the significance of this period. ...

    Great real-life spy thriller. Informative and insightful regarding cold-war fears and prejudices, distrust and incriminations concerning communism in the states in the early 40s. Also profvides an interesting peek into early FBI culture. ...

    Fascinating, well-written and researched and packed with information which filled in a lot of blanks about the code breakers. It can be a bit dry at times due to the number of players and the amount of information involved. ...

    Hard to understand why I had trouble getting into this book. It is a fascinating story, but either because of the writing style (frequent leaps in time and perspective) or the vast number of characters, the book did not keep my interest and I struggled to finish it. ...

  • Pcox
    Mar 09, 2018

    As good as any fictional spy thriller Howard Blum tells the fascinating story of the race to capture the Soviet spy ring that passed the secrets of the atom bomb to the Soviet Union. The main characters are codebreaker Meredith Gardner and FBI agent Bob Lamphere, and Blum details ho...

    What a book! Especially in light of the years of Cold War that continued for half of a century with the U.S.S.R., and now the "all of a sudden" renewed enlightened interest to Russian espionage. It's a hard book to enter. The first 100 pages are so difficult and personality placeme...

    When I was growing up in Ohio in the 1950s, one of the biggest stories in the news was the execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. They had been convicted of helping spirit scientific details about the construction of the atomic bomb from American scientists and engineers to KGB offic...

    3.5/5 Didn't enjoy this one as much as I have other works by this author. The topic was a bit drier and I found myself needing to focus on details closer than I have in his other works because I wasn't retaining due to lack of interest in the topic. Nevertheless, I still rounded up ...

    3.5/5 I?d probably give this book closer to 3.5 stars, whatever that means. The subject matter is fascinating. The stories are interesting, but the author?s interest in the way he wants to tell the story sometimes gets in the way of the story itself. The book is a narrative non...

    I have to give a lot of credit to the cover designers for this book and for many other works of narrative nonfiction. It only took me a glimpse of this cover to guess this was going to be the sort of historical narrative nonfiction I love. I?m happy to report that the cover was not m...

    Enter the dawn of the cold war from the shadows, where the opening salvos of the cold war are not with guns and bombs, but spies and moles. Where an innocuous all-girls school campus houses the most secret code-breaking team in the United States. When a hot-headed FBI agent (Bob Lamphe...

    Superb book about the Ethel and Julius Rosenberg case. Julius Rosenberg was a Soviet mole working on the atomic bomb and he shared many of the secrets with the USSR. He and his wife were traitors. They ran a spy ring to supply the Soviets with highly classified information. This spy ri...

    An excellent book about the Venona decoding project that led, among other things, to the identification of the spy ring run by Julius Rosenberg. One of the things did very well was to explain how the Russian codes actually worked. I would have liked a little bit more detail on how Mere...

    Howard Blum does an amazing job of giving life to two lesser-known (outside the covert agencies of the west) actors, a dogged FBI agent with a gnawing hunch that the Soviet Union was spying on the US during World War 2, and a brilliant and reclusive linguist and crypt-analyst pretty mu...

    Just finished In The Enemy?s House: The Secret Saga of The FBI Agent and The Code Breaker Who Caught The Russian Spies by Howard Blum. Blum ties up a lot of loose ends for me in particular, the Communist paranoia of the late 40?s and early 50?s that led to the McCarthy witch hunt...

    What a fascinating story of the United States' struggle to unmask the spies involved in the Soviet's plot to steal America's atomic secrets in the 1940s! The two men primarily responsible for this success were the brilliant code breaker Meredith Gardner and the hard-charging FBI agent ...

    I'll admit it, I'm a sucker for books about the atomic espionage on the 40s and 50s. This book contained aspects new to me: the role and work of the linguist Meredith Gardner in breaking Soviet codes, the role of FBI agent Bob Lamphere is running down Rosenberg and many other agents, a...

    In the Enemy?s House, Howard Blum This is a very well written book, enjoyable to read, and hard to put down. It?s amazing that the two protagonists, Bob Lamphere (the FBI agent), and Meredith Gardner (the code breaker), having entirely different personalities and approaches to the...

    Most interesting part of this book is the part that relates how two diverse characters, one a geeky code breaker and the other an intense FBI agent combined their individual talents to bring down a bevy of Soviet spies. Alas, too late to stem a tide of Atomic bomb secrets from going to...

    A nice sequel to Jim Baggott's The First War Of Physics, this is one account of the counter-espionage effort by U.S. Army cryptanalysts and FBI agents to decrypt Soviet message traffic and apprehend Soviet agents working on US and British soil to steal intellectual property concerning ...

    I marked this as both non-fiction and historical fiction as enough of the book deals with historical documents and facts to qualify as non-fiction, but Blum also creates enough details to make the book interesting and readable that some historical fiction is weaved in. While the col...

    A very interesting and historical read on how two allies fighting Hitler became Spy vs Spy in the post war Cold War. At stake would be America's secret in developing a nuclear weapon that the KGB was dying to get it hands on. A remarkable true story of two very devote people, one an FB...

    No one who reads this book should be surprised y how it ends, but Blum still makes for a suspenseful and exciting narrative. My only objection comes from his portrayal of his two protagonists, codebreaker Meredith Gardner and FBI Agent Bob Lamphere, as, essentially, unwilling accomplic...

    The Russians were allies of the US in WWII, but that did not stop them from stealing plans for atomic weapons. This is a fascinating look at the FBI agent and the cryptographer who broke the code and eventually broke the cell that lead to Julius Rosenberg. Howard Blum is a master write...

    The Best Kind of Spy Thriller Kudos to Mr. Blum on his fast paced, informative retelling of this all too overlooked episode in the history of USSR-U.S. relations. The story flies by and leaves one with a clear appreciation of the significance of this period. ...

    Great real-life spy thriller. Informative and insightful regarding cold-war fears and prejudices, distrust and incriminations concerning communism in the states in the early 40s. Also profvides an interesting peek into early FBI culture. ...

    Fascinating, well-written and researched and packed with information which filled in a lot of blanks about the code breakers. It can be a bit dry at times due to the number of players and the amount of information involved. ...

    Hard to understand why I had trouble getting into this book. It is a fascinating story, but either because of the writing style (frequent leaps in time and perspective) or the vast number of characters, the book did not keep my interest and I struggled to finish it. ...

    I received this book from a goodreads giveaway.This is a well written book with a fascinating story.The characters were well defined which led to a great story being told.I loved this book and look forward to reading more of his work. ...

    Totally compelling and well researched and written. Coukd not put it down ! ...

    Fascinating subject but too many similar stories makes it repetitive and lacking structure. ...

    reads like a novel. ...

    Dry ...

  • Phil
    Jul 26, 2018

    As good as any fictional spy thriller Howard Blum tells the fascinating story of the race to capture the Soviet spy ring that passed the secrets of the atom bomb to the Soviet Union. The main characters are codebreaker Meredith Gardner and FBI agent Bob Lamphere, and Blum details ho...

    What a book! Especially in light of the years of Cold War that continued for half of a century with the U.S.S.R., and now the "all of a sudden" renewed enlightened interest to Russian espionage. It's a hard book to enter. The first 100 pages are so difficult and personality placeme...

    When I was growing up in Ohio in the 1950s, one of the biggest stories in the news was the execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. They had been convicted of helping spirit scientific details about the construction of the atomic bomb from American scientists and engineers to KGB offic...

    3.5/5 Didn't enjoy this one as much as I have other works by this author. The topic was a bit drier and I found myself needing to focus on details closer than I have in his other works because I wasn't retaining due to lack of interest in the topic. Nevertheless, I still rounded up ...

    3.5/5 I?d probably give this book closer to 3.5 stars, whatever that means. The subject matter is fascinating. The stories are interesting, but the author?s interest in the way he wants to tell the story sometimes gets in the way of the story itself. The book is a narrative non...

    I have to give a lot of credit to the cover designers for this book and for many other works of narrative nonfiction. It only took me a glimpse of this cover to guess this was going to be the sort of historical narrative nonfiction I love. I?m happy to report that the cover was not m...

    Enter the dawn of the cold war from the shadows, where the opening salvos of the cold war are not with guns and bombs, but spies and moles. Where an innocuous all-girls school campus houses the most secret code-breaking team in the United States. When a hot-headed FBI agent (Bob Lamphe...

    Superb book about the Ethel and Julius Rosenberg case. Julius Rosenberg was a Soviet mole working on the atomic bomb and he shared many of the secrets with the USSR. He and his wife were traitors. They ran a spy ring to supply the Soviets with highly classified information. This spy ri...

    An excellent book about the Venona decoding project that led, among other things, to the identification of the spy ring run by Julius Rosenberg. One of the things did very well was to explain how the Russian codes actually worked. I would have liked a little bit more detail on how Mere...

    Howard Blum does an amazing job of giving life to two lesser-known (outside the covert agencies of the west) actors, a dogged FBI agent with a gnawing hunch that the Soviet Union was spying on the US during World War 2, and a brilliant and reclusive linguist and crypt-analyst pretty mu...

    Just finished In The Enemy?s House: The Secret Saga of The FBI Agent and The Code Breaker Who Caught The Russian Spies by Howard Blum. Blum ties up a lot of loose ends for me in particular, the Communist paranoia of the late 40?s and early 50?s that led to the McCarthy witch hunt...

    What a fascinating story of the United States' struggle to unmask the spies involved in the Soviet's plot to steal America's atomic secrets in the 1940s! The two men primarily responsible for this success were the brilliant code breaker Meredith Gardner and the hard-charging FBI agent ...

    I'll admit it, I'm a sucker for books about the atomic espionage on the 40s and 50s. This book contained aspects new to me: the role and work of the linguist Meredith Gardner in breaking Soviet codes, the role of FBI agent Bob Lamphere is running down Rosenberg and many other agents, a...

    In the Enemy?s House, Howard Blum This is a very well written book, enjoyable to read, and hard to put down. It?s amazing that the two protagonists, Bob Lamphere (the FBI agent), and Meredith Gardner (the code breaker), having entirely different personalities and approaches to the...

    Most interesting part of this book is the part that relates how two diverse characters, one a geeky code breaker and the other an intense FBI agent combined their individual talents to bring down a bevy of Soviet spies. Alas, too late to stem a tide of Atomic bomb secrets from going to...

    A nice sequel to Jim Baggott's The First War Of Physics, this is one account of the counter-espionage effort by U.S. Army cryptanalysts and FBI agents to decrypt Soviet message traffic and apprehend Soviet agents working on US and British soil to steal intellectual property concerning ...

    I marked this as both non-fiction and historical fiction as enough of the book deals with historical documents and facts to qualify as non-fiction, but Blum also creates enough details to make the book interesting and readable that some historical fiction is weaved in. While the col...

    A very interesting and historical read on how two allies fighting Hitler became Spy vs Spy in the post war Cold War. At stake would be America's secret in developing a nuclear weapon that the KGB was dying to get it hands on. A remarkable true story of two very devote people, one an FB...

  • Steve
    Jan 27, 2018

    As good as any fictional spy thriller Howard Blum tells the fascinating story of the race to capture the Soviet spy ring that passed the secrets of the atom bomb to the Soviet Union. The main characters are codebreaker Meredith Gardner and FBI agent Bob Lamphere, and Blum details ho...

    What a book! Especially in light of the years of Cold War that continued for half of a century with the U.S.S.R., and now the "all of a sudden" renewed enlightened interest to Russian espionage. It's a hard book to enter. The first 100 pages are so difficult and personality placeme...

    When I was growing up in Ohio in the 1950s, one of the biggest stories in the news was the execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. They had been convicted of helping spirit scientific details about the construction of the atomic bomb from American scientists and engineers to KGB offic...

    3.5/5 Didn't enjoy this one as much as I have other works by this author. The topic was a bit drier and I found myself needing to focus on details closer than I have in his other works because I wasn't retaining due to lack of interest in the topic. Nevertheless, I still rounded up ...

    3.5/5 I?d probably give this book closer to 3.5 stars, whatever that means. The subject matter is fascinating. The stories are interesting, but the author?s interest in the way he wants to tell the story sometimes gets in the way of the story itself. The book is a narrative non...

    I have to give a lot of credit to the cover designers for this book and for many other works of narrative nonfiction. It only took me a glimpse of this cover to guess this was going to be the sort of historical narrative nonfiction I love. I?m happy to report that the cover was not m...

    Enter the dawn of the cold war from the shadows, where the opening salvos of the cold war are not with guns and bombs, but spies and moles. Where an innocuous all-girls school campus houses the most secret code-breaking team in the United States. When a hot-headed FBI agent (Bob Lamphe...

    Superb book about the Ethel and Julius Rosenberg case. Julius Rosenberg was a Soviet mole working on the atomic bomb and he shared many of the secrets with the USSR. He and his wife were traitors. They ran a spy ring to supply the Soviets with highly classified information. This spy ri...

    An excellent book about the Venona decoding project that led, among other things, to the identification of the spy ring run by Julius Rosenberg. One of the things did very well was to explain how the Russian codes actually worked. I would have liked a little bit more detail on how Mere...

    Howard Blum does an amazing job of giving life to two lesser-known (outside the covert agencies of the west) actors, a dogged FBI agent with a gnawing hunch that the Soviet Union was spying on the US during World War 2, and a brilliant and reclusive linguist and crypt-analyst pretty mu...

    Just finished In The Enemy?s House: The Secret Saga of The FBI Agent and The Code Breaker Who Caught The Russian Spies by Howard Blum. Blum ties up a lot of loose ends for me in particular, the Communist paranoia of the late 40?s and early 50?s that led to the McCarthy witch hunt...

    What a fascinating story of the United States' struggle to unmask the spies involved in the Soviet's plot to steal America's atomic secrets in the 1940s! The two men primarily responsible for this success were the brilliant code breaker Meredith Gardner and the hard-charging FBI agent ...

    I'll admit it, I'm a sucker for books about the atomic espionage on the 40s and 50s. This book contained aspects new to me: the role and work of the linguist Meredith Gardner in breaking Soviet codes, the role of FBI agent Bob Lamphere is running down Rosenberg and many other agents, a...

    In the Enemy?s House, Howard Blum This is a very well written book, enjoyable to read, and hard to put down. It?s amazing that the two protagonists, Bob Lamphere (the FBI agent), and Meredith Gardner (the code breaker), having entirely different personalities and approaches to the...

    Most interesting part of this book is the part that relates how two diverse characters, one a geeky code breaker and the other an intense FBI agent combined their individual talents to bring down a bevy of Soviet spies. Alas, too late to stem a tide of Atomic bomb secrets from going to...

    A nice sequel to Jim Baggott's The First War Of Physics, this is one account of the counter-espionage effort by U.S. Army cryptanalysts and FBI agents to decrypt Soviet message traffic and apprehend Soviet agents working on US and British soil to steal intellectual property concerning ...

    I marked this as both non-fiction and historical fiction as enough of the book deals with historical documents and facts to qualify as non-fiction, but Blum also creates enough details to make the book interesting and readable that some historical fiction is weaved in. While the col...

    A very interesting and historical read on how two allies fighting Hitler became Spy vs Spy in the post war Cold War. At stake would be America's secret in developing a nuclear weapon that the KGB was dying to get it hands on. A remarkable true story of two very devote people, one an FB...

    No one who reads this book should be surprised y how it ends, but Blum still makes for a suspenseful and exciting narrative. My only objection comes from his portrayal of his two protagonists, codebreaker Meredith Gardner and FBI Agent Bob Lamphere, as, essentially, unwilling accomplic...

    The Russians were allies of the US in WWII, but that did not stop them from stealing plans for atomic weapons. This is a fascinating look at the FBI agent and the cryptographer who broke the code and eventually broke the cell that lead to Julius Rosenberg. Howard Blum is a master write...

    The Best Kind of Spy Thriller Kudos to Mr. Blum on his fast paced, informative retelling of this all too overlooked episode in the history of USSR-U.S. relations. The story flies by and leaves one with a clear appreciation of the significance of this period. ...

    Great real-life spy thriller. Informative and insightful regarding cold-war fears and prejudices, distrust and incriminations concerning communism in the states in the early 40s. Also profvides an interesting peek into early FBI culture. ...

    Fascinating, well-written and researched and packed with information which filled in a lot of blanks about the code breakers. It can be a bit dry at times due to the number of players and the amount of information involved. ...

    Hard to understand why I had trouble getting into this book. It is a fascinating story, but either because of the writing style (frequent leaps in time and perspective) or the vast number of characters, the book did not keep my interest and I struggled to finish it. ...

    I received this book from a goodreads giveaway.This is a well written book with a fascinating story.The characters were well defined which led to a great story being told.I loved this book and look forward to reading more of his work. ...

  • Barry L Waldman
    May 02, 2018

    As good as any fictional spy thriller Howard Blum tells the fascinating story of the race to capture the Soviet spy ring that passed the secrets of the atom bomb to the Soviet Union. The main characters are codebreaker Meredith Gardner and FBI agent Bob Lamphere, and Blum details ho...

    What a book! Especially in light of the years of Cold War that continued for half of a century with the U.S.S.R., and now the "all of a sudden" renewed enlightened interest to Russian espionage. It's a hard book to enter. The first 100 pages are so difficult and personality placeme...

    When I was growing up in Ohio in the 1950s, one of the biggest stories in the news was the execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. They had been convicted of helping spirit scientific details about the construction of the atomic bomb from American scientists and engineers to KGB offic...

    3.5/5 Didn't enjoy this one as much as I have other works by this author. The topic was a bit drier and I found myself needing to focus on details closer than I have in his other works because I wasn't retaining due to lack of interest in the topic. Nevertheless, I still rounded up ...

    3.5/5 I?d probably give this book closer to 3.5 stars, whatever that means. The subject matter is fascinating. The stories are interesting, but the author?s interest in the way he wants to tell the story sometimes gets in the way of the story itself. The book is a narrative non...

    I have to give a lot of credit to the cover designers for this book and for many other works of narrative nonfiction. It only took me a glimpse of this cover to guess this was going to be the sort of historical narrative nonfiction I love. I?m happy to report that the cover was not m...

    Enter the dawn of the cold war from the shadows, where the opening salvos of the cold war are not with guns and bombs, but spies and moles. Where an innocuous all-girls school campus houses the most secret code-breaking team in the United States. When a hot-headed FBI agent (Bob Lamphe...

    Superb book about the Ethel and Julius Rosenberg case. Julius Rosenberg was a Soviet mole working on the atomic bomb and he shared many of the secrets with the USSR. He and his wife were traitors. They ran a spy ring to supply the Soviets with highly classified information. This spy ri...

    An excellent book about the Venona decoding project that led, among other things, to the identification of the spy ring run by Julius Rosenberg. One of the things did very well was to explain how the Russian codes actually worked. I would have liked a little bit more detail on how Mere...

    Howard Blum does an amazing job of giving life to two lesser-known (outside the covert agencies of the west) actors, a dogged FBI agent with a gnawing hunch that the Soviet Union was spying on the US during World War 2, and a brilliant and reclusive linguist and crypt-analyst pretty mu...

    Just finished In The Enemy?s House: The Secret Saga of The FBI Agent and The Code Breaker Who Caught The Russian Spies by Howard Blum. Blum ties up a lot of loose ends for me in particular, the Communist paranoia of the late 40?s and early 50?s that led to the McCarthy witch hunt...

    What a fascinating story of the United States' struggle to unmask the spies involved in the Soviet's plot to steal America's atomic secrets in the 1940s! The two men primarily responsible for this success were the brilliant code breaker Meredith Gardner and the hard-charging FBI agent ...

    I'll admit it, I'm a sucker for books about the atomic espionage on the 40s and 50s. This book contained aspects new to me: the role and work of the linguist Meredith Gardner in breaking Soviet codes, the role of FBI agent Bob Lamphere is running down Rosenberg and many other agents, a...

    In the Enemy?s House, Howard Blum This is a very well written book, enjoyable to read, and hard to put down. It?s amazing that the two protagonists, Bob Lamphere (the FBI agent), and Meredith Gardner (the code breaker), having entirely different personalities and approaches to the...

    Most interesting part of this book is the part that relates how two diverse characters, one a geeky code breaker and the other an intense FBI agent combined their individual talents to bring down a bevy of Soviet spies. Alas, too late to stem a tide of Atomic bomb secrets from going to...

    A nice sequel to Jim Baggott's The First War Of Physics, this is one account of the counter-espionage effort by U.S. Army cryptanalysts and FBI agents to decrypt Soviet message traffic and apprehend Soviet agents working on US and British soil to steal intellectual property concerning ...

    I marked this as both non-fiction and historical fiction as enough of the book deals with historical documents and facts to qualify as non-fiction, but Blum also creates enough details to make the book interesting and readable that some historical fiction is weaved in. While the col...

    A very interesting and historical read on how two allies fighting Hitler became Spy vs Spy in the post war Cold War. At stake would be America's secret in developing a nuclear weapon that the KGB was dying to get it hands on. A remarkable true story of two very devote people, one an FB...

    No one who reads this book should be surprised y how it ends, but Blum still makes for a suspenseful and exciting narrative. My only objection comes from his portrayal of his two protagonists, codebreaker Meredith Gardner and FBI Agent Bob Lamphere, as, essentially, unwilling accomplic...

    The Russians were allies of the US in WWII, but that did not stop them from stealing plans for atomic weapons. This is a fascinating look at the FBI agent and the cryptographer who broke the code and eventually broke the cell that lead to Julius Rosenberg. Howard Blum is a master write...

    The Best Kind of Spy Thriller Kudos to Mr. Blum on his fast paced, informative retelling of this all too overlooked episode in the history of USSR-U.S. relations. The story flies by and leaves one with a clear appreciation of the significance of this period. ...

  • Ottawan
    Jun 27, 2018

    As good as any fictional spy thriller Howard Blum tells the fascinating story of the race to capture the Soviet spy ring that passed the secrets of the atom bomb to the Soviet Union. The main characters are codebreaker Meredith Gardner and FBI agent Bob Lamphere, and Blum details ho...

    What a book! Especially in light of the years of Cold War that continued for half of a century with the U.S.S.R., and now the "all of a sudden" renewed enlightened interest to Russian espionage. It's a hard book to enter. The first 100 pages are so difficult and personality placeme...

    When I was growing up in Ohio in the 1950s, one of the biggest stories in the news was the execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. They had been convicted of helping spirit scientific details about the construction of the atomic bomb from American scientists and engineers to KGB offic...

    3.5/5 Didn't enjoy this one as much as I have other works by this author. The topic was a bit drier and I found myself needing to focus on details closer than I have in his other works because I wasn't retaining due to lack of interest in the topic. Nevertheless, I still rounded up ...

    3.5/5 I?d probably give this book closer to 3.5 stars, whatever that means. The subject matter is fascinating. The stories are interesting, but the author?s interest in the way he wants to tell the story sometimes gets in the way of the story itself. The book is a narrative non...

    I have to give a lot of credit to the cover designers for this book and for many other works of narrative nonfiction. It only took me a glimpse of this cover to guess this was going to be the sort of historical narrative nonfiction I love. I?m happy to report that the cover was not m...

    Enter the dawn of the cold war from the shadows, where the opening salvos of the cold war are not with guns and bombs, but spies and moles. Where an innocuous all-girls school campus houses the most secret code-breaking team in the United States. When a hot-headed FBI agent (Bob Lamphe...

    Superb book about the Ethel and Julius Rosenberg case. Julius Rosenberg was a Soviet mole working on the atomic bomb and he shared many of the secrets with the USSR. He and his wife were traitors. They ran a spy ring to supply the Soviets with highly classified information. This spy ri...

    An excellent book about the Venona decoding project that led, among other things, to the identification of the spy ring run by Julius Rosenberg. One of the things did very well was to explain how the Russian codes actually worked. I would have liked a little bit more detail on how Mere...

    Howard Blum does an amazing job of giving life to two lesser-known (outside the covert agencies of the west) actors, a dogged FBI agent with a gnawing hunch that the Soviet Union was spying on the US during World War 2, and a brilliant and reclusive linguist and crypt-analyst pretty mu...

    Just finished In The Enemy?s House: The Secret Saga of The FBI Agent and The Code Breaker Who Caught The Russian Spies by Howard Blum. Blum ties up a lot of loose ends for me in particular, the Communist paranoia of the late 40?s and early 50?s that led to the McCarthy witch hunt...

    What a fascinating story of the United States' struggle to unmask the spies involved in the Soviet's plot to steal America's atomic secrets in the 1940s! The two men primarily responsible for this success were the brilliant code breaker Meredith Gardner and the hard-charging FBI agent ...

    I'll admit it, I'm a sucker for books about the atomic espionage on the 40s and 50s. This book contained aspects new to me: the role and work of the linguist Meredith Gardner in breaking Soviet codes, the role of FBI agent Bob Lamphere is running down Rosenberg and many other agents, a...

    In the Enemy?s House, Howard Blum This is a very well written book, enjoyable to read, and hard to put down. It?s amazing that the two protagonists, Bob Lamphere (the FBI agent), and Meredith Gardner (the code breaker), having entirely different personalities and approaches to the...

    Most interesting part of this book is the part that relates how two diverse characters, one a geeky code breaker and the other an intense FBI agent combined their individual talents to bring down a bevy of Soviet spies. Alas, too late to stem a tide of Atomic bomb secrets from going to...

    A nice sequel to Jim Baggott's The First War Of Physics, this is one account of the counter-espionage effort by U.S. Army cryptanalysts and FBI agents to decrypt Soviet message traffic and apprehend Soviet agents working on US and British soil to steal intellectual property concerning ...

    I marked this as both non-fiction and historical fiction as enough of the book deals with historical documents and facts to qualify as non-fiction, but Blum also creates enough details to make the book interesting and readable that some historical fiction is weaved in. While the col...

    A very interesting and historical read on how two allies fighting Hitler became Spy vs Spy in the post war Cold War. At stake would be America's secret in developing a nuclear weapon that the KGB was dying to get it hands on. A remarkable true story of two very devote people, one an FB...

    No one who reads this book should be surprised y how it ends, but Blum still makes for a suspenseful and exciting narrative. My only objection comes from his portrayal of his two protagonists, codebreaker Meredith Gardner and FBI Agent Bob Lamphere, as, essentially, unwilling accomplic...

    The Russians were allies of the US in WWII, but that did not stop them from stealing plans for atomic weapons. This is a fascinating look at the FBI agent and the cryptographer who broke the code and eventually broke the cell that lead to Julius Rosenberg. Howard Blum is a master write...

    The Best Kind of Spy Thriller Kudos to Mr. Blum on his fast paced, informative retelling of this all too overlooked episode in the history of USSR-U.S. relations. The story flies by and leaves one with a clear appreciation of the significance of this period. ...

    Great real-life spy thriller. Informative and insightful regarding cold-war fears and prejudices, distrust and incriminations concerning communism in the states in the early 40s. Also profvides an interesting peek into early FBI culture. ...

    Fascinating, well-written and researched and packed with information which filled in a lot of blanks about the code breakers. It can be a bit dry at times due to the number of players and the amount of information involved. ...

    Hard to understand why I had trouble getting into this book. It is a fascinating story, but either because of the writing style (frequent leaps in time and perspective) or the vast number of characters, the book did not keep my interest and I struggled to finish it. ...

    I received this book from a goodreads giveaway.This is a well written book with a fascinating story.The characters were well defined which led to a great story being told.I loved this book and look forward to reading more of his work. ...

    Totally compelling and well researched and written. Coukd not put it down ! ...

    Fascinating subject but too many similar stories makes it repetitive and lacking structure. ...

  • Scott Pierce
    Mar 19, 2018

    As good as any fictional spy thriller Howard Blum tells the fascinating story of the race to capture the Soviet spy ring that passed the secrets of the atom bomb to the Soviet Union. The main characters are codebreaker Meredith Gardner and FBI agent Bob Lamphere, and Blum details ho...

    What a book! Especially in light of the years of Cold War that continued for half of a century with the U.S.S.R., and now the "all of a sudden" renewed enlightened interest to Russian espionage. It's a hard book to enter. The first 100 pages are so difficult and personality placeme...

    When I was growing up in Ohio in the 1950s, one of the biggest stories in the news was the execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. They had been convicted of helping spirit scientific details about the construction of the atomic bomb from American scientists and engineers to KGB offic...

    3.5/5 Didn't enjoy this one as much as I have other works by this author. The topic was a bit drier and I found myself needing to focus on details closer than I have in his other works because I wasn't retaining due to lack of interest in the topic. Nevertheless, I still rounded up ...

    3.5/5 I?d probably give this book closer to 3.5 stars, whatever that means. The subject matter is fascinating. The stories are interesting, but the author?s interest in the way he wants to tell the story sometimes gets in the way of the story itself. The book is a narrative non...

    I have to give a lot of credit to the cover designers for this book and for many other works of narrative nonfiction. It only took me a glimpse of this cover to guess this was going to be the sort of historical narrative nonfiction I love. I?m happy to report that the cover was not m...

    Enter the dawn of the cold war from the shadows, where the opening salvos of the cold war are not with guns and bombs, but spies and moles. Where an innocuous all-girls school campus houses the most secret code-breaking team in the United States. When a hot-headed FBI agent (Bob Lamphe...

    Superb book about the Ethel and Julius Rosenberg case. Julius Rosenberg was a Soviet mole working on the atomic bomb and he shared many of the secrets with the USSR. He and his wife were traitors. They ran a spy ring to supply the Soviets with highly classified information. This spy ri...

    An excellent book about the Venona decoding project that led, among other things, to the identification of the spy ring run by Julius Rosenberg. One of the things did very well was to explain how the Russian codes actually worked. I would have liked a little bit more detail on how Mere...

    Howard Blum does an amazing job of giving life to two lesser-known (outside the covert agencies of the west) actors, a dogged FBI agent with a gnawing hunch that the Soviet Union was spying on the US during World War 2, and a brilliant and reclusive linguist and crypt-analyst pretty mu...

    Just finished In The Enemy?s House: The Secret Saga of The FBI Agent and The Code Breaker Who Caught The Russian Spies by Howard Blum. Blum ties up a lot of loose ends for me in particular, the Communist paranoia of the late 40?s and early 50?s that led to the McCarthy witch hunt...

    What a fascinating story of the United States' struggle to unmask the spies involved in the Soviet's plot to steal America's atomic secrets in the 1940s! The two men primarily responsible for this success were the brilliant code breaker Meredith Gardner and the hard-charging FBI agent ...

    I'll admit it, I'm a sucker for books about the atomic espionage on the 40s and 50s. This book contained aspects new to me: the role and work of the linguist Meredith Gardner in breaking Soviet codes, the role of FBI agent Bob Lamphere is running down Rosenberg and many other agents, a...

    In the Enemy?s House, Howard Blum This is a very well written book, enjoyable to read, and hard to put down. It?s amazing that the two protagonists, Bob Lamphere (the FBI agent), and Meredith Gardner (the code breaker), having entirely different personalities and approaches to the...

    Most interesting part of this book is the part that relates how two diverse characters, one a geeky code breaker and the other an intense FBI agent combined their individual talents to bring down a bevy of Soviet spies. Alas, too late to stem a tide of Atomic bomb secrets from going to...

    A nice sequel to Jim Baggott's The First War Of Physics, this is one account of the counter-espionage effort by U.S. Army cryptanalysts and FBI agents to decrypt Soviet message traffic and apprehend Soviet agents working on US and British soil to steal intellectual property concerning ...

    I marked this as both non-fiction and historical fiction as enough of the book deals with historical documents and facts to qualify as non-fiction, but Blum also creates enough details to make the book interesting and readable that some historical fiction is weaved in. While the col...

  • Nick Paulter
    May 02, 2018

    As good as any fictional spy thriller Howard Blum tells the fascinating story of the race to capture the Soviet spy ring that passed the secrets of the atom bomb to the Soviet Union. The main characters are codebreaker Meredith Gardner and FBI agent Bob Lamphere, and Blum details ho...

    What a book! Especially in light of the years of Cold War that continued for half of a century with the U.S.S.R., and now the "all of a sudden" renewed enlightened interest to Russian espionage. It's a hard book to enter. The first 100 pages are so difficult and personality placeme...

    When I was growing up in Ohio in the 1950s, one of the biggest stories in the news was the execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. They had been convicted of helping spirit scientific details about the construction of the atomic bomb from American scientists and engineers to KGB offic...

    3.5/5 Didn't enjoy this one as much as I have other works by this author. The topic was a bit drier and I found myself needing to focus on details closer than I have in his other works because I wasn't retaining due to lack of interest in the topic. Nevertheless, I still rounded up ...

    3.5/5 I?d probably give this book closer to 3.5 stars, whatever that means. The subject matter is fascinating. The stories are interesting, but the author?s interest in the way he wants to tell the story sometimes gets in the way of the story itself. The book is a narrative non...

    I have to give a lot of credit to the cover designers for this book and for many other works of narrative nonfiction. It only took me a glimpse of this cover to guess this was going to be the sort of historical narrative nonfiction I love. I?m happy to report that the cover was not m...

    Enter the dawn of the cold war from the shadows, where the opening salvos of the cold war are not with guns and bombs, but spies and moles. Where an innocuous all-girls school campus houses the most secret code-breaking team in the United States. When a hot-headed FBI agent (Bob Lamphe...

    Superb book about the Ethel and Julius Rosenberg case. Julius Rosenberg was a Soviet mole working on the atomic bomb and he shared many of the secrets with the USSR. He and his wife were traitors. They ran a spy ring to supply the Soviets with highly classified information. This spy ri...

    An excellent book about the Venona decoding project that led, among other things, to the identification of the spy ring run by Julius Rosenberg. One of the things did very well was to explain how the Russian codes actually worked. I would have liked a little bit more detail on how Mere...

    Howard Blum does an amazing job of giving life to two lesser-known (outside the covert agencies of the west) actors, a dogged FBI agent with a gnawing hunch that the Soviet Union was spying on the US during World War 2, and a brilliant and reclusive linguist and crypt-analyst pretty mu...

    Just finished In The Enemy?s House: The Secret Saga of The FBI Agent and The Code Breaker Who Caught The Russian Spies by Howard Blum. Blum ties up a lot of loose ends for me in particular, the Communist paranoia of the late 40?s and early 50?s that led to the McCarthy witch hunt...

    What a fascinating story of the United States' struggle to unmask the spies involved in the Soviet's plot to steal America's atomic secrets in the 1940s! The two men primarily responsible for this success were the brilliant code breaker Meredith Gardner and the hard-charging FBI agent ...

    I'll admit it, I'm a sucker for books about the atomic espionage on the 40s and 50s. This book contained aspects new to me: the role and work of the linguist Meredith Gardner in breaking Soviet codes, the role of FBI agent Bob Lamphere is running down Rosenberg and many other agents, a...

    In the Enemy?s House, Howard Blum This is a very well written book, enjoyable to read, and hard to put down. It?s amazing that the two protagonists, Bob Lamphere (the FBI agent), and Meredith Gardner (the code breaker), having entirely different personalities and approaches to the...

  • Diane Anderson
    Jul 09, 2018

    As good as any fictional spy thriller Howard Blum tells the fascinating story of the race to capture the Soviet spy ring that passed the secrets of the atom bomb to the Soviet Union. The main characters are codebreaker Meredith Gardner and FBI agent Bob Lamphere, and Blum details ho...

    What a book! Especially in light of the years of Cold War that continued for half of a century with the U.S.S.R., and now the "all of a sudden" renewed enlightened interest to Russian espionage. It's a hard book to enter. The first 100 pages are so difficult and personality placeme...

    When I was growing up in Ohio in the 1950s, one of the biggest stories in the news was the execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. They had been convicted of helping spirit scientific details about the construction of the atomic bomb from American scientists and engineers to KGB offic...

    3.5/5 Didn't enjoy this one as much as I have other works by this author. The topic was a bit drier and I found myself needing to focus on details closer than I have in his other works because I wasn't retaining due to lack of interest in the topic. Nevertheless, I still rounded up ...

    3.5/5 I?d probably give this book closer to 3.5 stars, whatever that means. The subject matter is fascinating. The stories are interesting, but the author?s interest in the way he wants to tell the story sometimes gets in the way of the story itself. The book is a narrative non...

    I have to give a lot of credit to the cover designers for this book and for many other works of narrative nonfiction. It only took me a glimpse of this cover to guess this was going to be the sort of historical narrative nonfiction I love. I?m happy to report that the cover was not m...

    Enter the dawn of the cold war from the shadows, where the opening salvos of the cold war are not with guns and bombs, but spies and moles. Where an innocuous all-girls school campus houses the most secret code-breaking team in the United States. When a hot-headed FBI agent (Bob Lamphe...

    Superb book about the Ethel and Julius Rosenberg case. Julius Rosenberg was a Soviet mole working on the atomic bomb and he shared many of the secrets with the USSR. He and his wife were traitors. They ran a spy ring to supply the Soviets with highly classified information. This spy ri...

    An excellent book about the Venona decoding project that led, among other things, to the identification of the spy ring run by Julius Rosenberg. One of the things did very well was to explain how the Russian codes actually worked. I would have liked a little bit more detail on how Mere...

    Howard Blum does an amazing job of giving life to two lesser-known (outside the covert agencies of the west) actors, a dogged FBI agent with a gnawing hunch that the Soviet Union was spying on the US during World War 2, and a brilliant and reclusive linguist and crypt-analyst pretty mu...

    Just finished In The Enemy?s House: The Secret Saga of The FBI Agent and The Code Breaker Who Caught The Russian Spies by Howard Blum. Blum ties up a lot of loose ends for me in particular, the Communist paranoia of the late 40?s and early 50?s that led to the McCarthy witch hunt...

    What a fascinating story of the United States' struggle to unmask the spies involved in the Soviet's plot to steal America's atomic secrets in the 1940s! The two men primarily responsible for this success were the brilliant code breaker Meredith Gardner and the hard-charging FBI agent ...

    I'll admit it, I'm a sucker for books about the atomic espionage on the 40s and 50s. This book contained aspects new to me: the role and work of the linguist Meredith Gardner in breaking Soviet codes, the role of FBI agent Bob Lamphere is running down Rosenberg and many other agents, a...

    In the Enemy?s House, Howard Blum This is a very well written book, enjoyable to read, and hard to put down. It?s amazing that the two protagonists, Bob Lamphere (the FBI agent), and Meredith Gardner (the code breaker), having entirely different personalities and approaches to the...

    Most interesting part of this book is the part that relates how two diverse characters, one a geeky code breaker and the other an intense FBI agent combined their individual talents to bring down a bevy of Soviet spies. Alas, too late to stem a tide of Atomic bomb secrets from going to...

    A nice sequel to Jim Baggott's The First War Of Physics, this is one account of the counter-espionage effort by U.S. Army cryptanalysts and FBI agents to decrypt Soviet message traffic and apprehend Soviet agents working on US and British soil to steal intellectual property concerning ...

    I marked this as both non-fiction and historical fiction as enough of the book deals with historical documents and facts to qualify as non-fiction, but Blum also creates enough details to make the book interesting and readable that some historical fiction is weaved in. While the col...

    A very interesting and historical read on how two allies fighting Hitler became Spy vs Spy in the post war Cold War. At stake would be America's secret in developing a nuclear weapon that the KGB was dying to get it hands on. A remarkable true story of two very devote people, one an FB...

    No one who reads this book should be surprised y how it ends, but Blum still makes for a suspenseful and exciting narrative. My only objection comes from his portrayal of his two protagonists, codebreaker Meredith Gardner and FBI Agent Bob Lamphere, as, essentially, unwilling accomplic...

    The Russians were allies of the US in WWII, but that did not stop them from stealing plans for atomic weapons. This is a fascinating look at the FBI agent and the cryptographer who broke the code and eventually broke the cell that lead to Julius Rosenberg. Howard Blum is a master write...

    The Best Kind of Spy Thriller Kudos to Mr. Blum on his fast paced, informative retelling of this all too overlooked episode in the history of USSR-U.S. relations. The story flies by and leaves one with a clear appreciation of the significance of this period. ...

    Great real-life spy thriller. Informative and insightful regarding cold-war fears and prejudices, distrust and incriminations concerning communism in the states in the early 40s. Also profvides an interesting peek into early FBI culture. ...

    Fascinating, well-written and researched and packed with information which filled in a lot of blanks about the code breakers. It can be a bit dry at times due to the number of players and the amount of information involved. ...

  • T V
    Jun 25, 2018

    As good as any fictional spy thriller Howard Blum tells the fascinating story of the race to capture the Soviet spy ring that passed the secrets of the atom bomb to the Soviet Union. The main characters are codebreaker Meredith Gardner and FBI agent Bob Lamphere, and Blum details ho...

    What a book! Especially in light of the years of Cold War that continued for half of a century with the U.S.S.R., and now the "all of a sudden" renewed enlightened interest to Russian espionage. It's a hard book to enter. The first 100 pages are so difficult and personality placeme...

    When I was growing up in Ohio in the 1950s, one of the biggest stories in the news was the execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. They had been convicted of helping spirit scientific details about the construction of the atomic bomb from American scientists and engineers to KGB offic...

    3.5/5 Didn't enjoy this one as much as I have other works by this author. The topic was a bit drier and I found myself needing to focus on details closer than I have in his other works because I wasn't retaining due to lack of interest in the topic. Nevertheless, I still rounded up ...

    3.5/5 I?d probably give this book closer to 3.5 stars, whatever that means. The subject matter is fascinating. The stories are interesting, but the author?s interest in the way he wants to tell the story sometimes gets in the way of the story itself. The book is a narrative non...

    I have to give a lot of credit to the cover designers for this book and for many other works of narrative nonfiction. It only took me a glimpse of this cover to guess this was going to be the sort of historical narrative nonfiction I love. I?m happy to report that the cover was not m...

    Enter the dawn of the cold war from the shadows, where the opening salvos of the cold war are not with guns and bombs, but spies and moles. Where an innocuous all-girls school campus houses the most secret code-breaking team in the United States. When a hot-headed FBI agent (Bob Lamphe...

    Superb book about the Ethel and Julius Rosenberg case. Julius Rosenberg was a Soviet mole working on the atomic bomb and he shared many of the secrets with the USSR. He and his wife were traitors. They ran a spy ring to supply the Soviets with highly classified information. This spy ri...

    An excellent book about the Venona decoding project that led, among other things, to the identification of the spy ring run by Julius Rosenberg. One of the things did very well was to explain how the Russian codes actually worked. I would have liked a little bit more detail on how Mere...

    Howard Blum does an amazing job of giving life to two lesser-known (outside the covert agencies of the west) actors, a dogged FBI agent with a gnawing hunch that the Soviet Union was spying on the US during World War 2, and a brilliant and reclusive linguist and crypt-analyst pretty mu...

    Just finished In The Enemy?s House: The Secret Saga of The FBI Agent and The Code Breaker Who Caught The Russian Spies by Howard Blum. Blum ties up a lot of loose ends for me in particular, the Communist paranoia of the late 40?s and early 50?s that led to the McCarthy witch hunt...

    What a fascinating story of the United States' struggle to unmask the spies involved in the Soviet's plot to steal America's atomic secrets in the 1940s! The two men primarily responsible for this success were the brilliant code breaker Meredith Gardner and the hard-charging FBI agent ...

    I'll admit it, I'm a sucker for books about the atomic espionage on the 40s and 50s. This book contained aspects new to me: the role and work of the linguist Meredith Gardner in breaking Soviet codes, the role of FBI agent Bob Lamphere is running down Rosenberg and many other agents, a...

    In the Enemy?s House, Howard Blum This is a very well written book, enjoyable to read, and hard to put down. It?s amazing that the two protagonists, Bob Lamphere (the FBI agent), and Meredith Gardner (the code breaker), having entirely different personalities and approaches to the...

    Most interesting part of this book is the part that relates how two diverse characters, one a geeky code breaker and the other an intense FBI agent combined their individual talents to bring down a bevy of Soviet spies. Alas, too late to stem a tide of Atomic bomb secrets from going to...

    A nice sequel to Jim Baggott's The First War Of Physics, this is one account of the counter-espionage effort by U.S. Army cryptanalysts and FBI agents to decrypt Soviet message traffic and apprehend Soviet agents working on US and British soil to steal intellectual property concerning ...

    I marked this as both non-fiction and historical fiction as enough of the book deals with historical documents and facts to qualify as non-fiction, but Blum also creates enough details to make the book interesting and readable that some historical fiction is weaved in. While the col...

    A very interesting and historical read on how two allies fighting Hitler became Spy vs Spy in the post war Cold War. At stake would be America's secret in developing a nuclear weapon that the KGB was dying to get it hands on. A remarkable true story of two very devote people, one an FB...

    No one who reads this book should be surprised y how it ends, but Blum still makes for a suspenseful and exciting narrative. My only objection comes from his portrayal of his two protagonists, codebreaker Meredith Gardner and FBI Agent Bob Lamphere, as, essentially, unwilling accomplic...

    The Russians were allies of the US in WWII, but that did not stop them from stealing plans for atomic weapons. This is a fascinating look at the FBI agent and the cryptographer who broke the code and eventually broke the cell that lead to Julius Rosenberg. Howard Blum is a master write...

    The Best Kind of Spy Thriller Kudos to Mr. Blum on his fast paced, informative retelling of this all too overlooked episode in the history of USSR-U.S. relations. The story flies by and leaves one with a clear appreciation of the significance of this period. ...

    Great real-life spy thriller. Informative and insightful regarding cold-war fears and prejudices, distrust and incriminations concerning communism in the states in the early 40s. Also profvides an interesting peek into early FBI culture. ...

  • Larry Smith
    Jul 24, 2018

    As good as any fictional spy thriller Howard Blum tells the fascinating story of the race to capture the Soviet spy ring that passed the secrets of the atom bomb to the Soviet Union. The main characters are codebreaker Meredith Gardner and FBI agent Bob Lamphere, and Blum details ho...

    What a book! Especially in light of the years of Cold War that continued for half of a century with the U.S.S.R., and now the "all of a sudden" renewed enlightened interest to Russian espionage. It's a hard book to enter. The first 100 pages are so difficult and personality placeme...

    When I was growing up in Ohio in the 1950s, one of the biggest stories in the news was the execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. They had been convicted of helping spirit scientific details about the construction of the atomic bomb from American scientists and engineers to KGB offic...

    3.5/5 Didn't enjoy this one as much as I have other works by this author. The topic was a bit drier and I found myself needing to focus on details closer than I have in his other works because I wasn't retaining due to lack of interest in the topic. Nevertheless, I still rounded up ...

    3.5/5 I?d probably give this book closer to 3.5 stars, whatever that means. The subject matter is fascinating. The stories are interesting, but the author?s interest in the way he wants to tell the story sometimes gets in the way of the story itself. The book is a narrative non...

    I have to give a lot of credit to the cover designers for this book and for many other works of narrative nonfiction. It only took me a glimpse of this cover to guess this was going to be the sort of historical narrative nonfiction I love. I?m happy to report that the cover was not m...

    Enter the dawn of the cold war from the shadows, where the opening salvos of the cold war are not with guns and bombs, but spies and moles. Where an innocuous all-girls school campus houses the most secret code-breaking team in the United States. When a hot-headed FBI agent (Bob Lamphe...

    Superb book about the Ethel and Julius Rosenberg case. Julius Rosenberg was a Soviet mole working on the atomic bomb and he shared many of the secrets with the USSR. He and his wife were traitors. They ran a spy ring to supply the Soviets with highly classified information. This spy ri...

    An excellent book about the Venona decoding project that led, among other things, to the identification of the spy ring run by Julius Rosenberg. One of the things did very well was to explain how the Russian codes actually worked. I would have liked a little bit more detail on how Mere...

    Howard Blum does an amazing job of giving life to two lesser-known (outside the covert agencies of the west) actors, a dogged FBI agent with a gnawing hunch that the Soviet Union was spying on the US during World War 2, and a brilliant and reclusive linguist and crypt-analyst pretty mu...

    Just finished In The Enemy?s House: The Secret Saga of The FBI Agent and The Code Breaker Who Caught The Russian Spies by Howard Blum. Blum ties up a lot of loose ends for me in particular, the Communist paranoia of the late 40?s and early 50?s that led to the McCarthy witch hunt...

    What a fascinating story of the United States' struggle to unmask the spies involved in the Soviet's plot to steal America's atomic secrets in the 1940s! The two men primarily responsible for this success were the brilliant code breaker Meredith Gardner and the hard-charging FBI agent ...

    I'll admit it, I'm a sucker for books about the atomic espionage on the 40s and 50s. This book contained aspects new to me: the role and work of the linguist Meredith Gardner in breaking Soviet codes, the role of FBI agent Bob Lamphere is running down Rosenberg and many other agents, a...

    In the Enemy?s House, Howard Blum This is a very well written book, enjoyable to read, and hard to put down. It?s amazing that the two protagonists, Bob Lamphere (the FBI agent), and Meredith Gardner (the code breaker), having entirely different personalities and approaches to the...

    Most interesting part of this book is the part that relates how two diverse characters, one a geeky code breaker and the other an intense FBI agent combined their individual talents to bring down a bevy of Soviet spies. Alas, too late to stem a tide of Atomic bomb secrets from going to...

    A nice sequel to Jim Baggott's The First War Of Physics, this is one account of the counter-espionage effort by U.S. Army cryptanalysts and FBI agents to decrypt Soviet message traffic and apprehend Soviet agents working on US and British soil to steal intellectual property concerning ...