“A magnificent tapestry—the clandestine underworld of Europe in mid-century brought back to life.”

—Alan Furst, author of  Night Soldiers

An extraordinary history of Soviet influence operations in Europe and the US before WWII

The untold story of the hidden Soviet propaganda network that successfully used Ernest Hemingway, Lillian Hellman, Andre Gide, John Dos Passos, Bertolt Brecht, and others to its own ends—a true story of international intrigue, betrayal, and murder. Double Lives chronicles a secret propaganda campaign of the former Soviet Union to globalize communism and describes how a German communist successfully recruited notable writers and artists to participate in this propaganda network.

A Note from the Author…

Long ago, I toyed with writing a spy thriller. Problem One: I knew nothing about spying. Problem Two: I knew next to nothing about spy thrillers. Undeterred, I started to dig and uncovered a gold mine: moles had been sent by Lenin and Stalin to covertly manipulate the cultural life of the West, working in secret wherever opinion was shaped. About them, I got to know a lot.

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Praise for Double Lives

“Mesmerizing reading, as riveting as a spy thriller.”

 

—Diana Trilling

“The Soviet agents described in Koch’s Double Lives were remarkably good at their work.”

 

—Norman Stone, Times Literary Supplement

This is an extraordinary history of Soviet influence operations in Europe and the US before WWII. People mock conspiracy theories, but the fact is that there was an organized, multifaceted, and well funded Soviet program to influence public opinion in Europe. The details are fascinating, and Koch’s writing is elegant and often savagely ironic. This is an engrossing and enlightening book.”

 

—PG, Amazon Review 

The details Koch presents would be unbelievable if they weren’t documented. I can’t rave about this carefully researched, beautifully written book enough. Find a copy and read it!” 

 

—Stephen M. St. Onge

About Stephen Koch

Koch is the author of two novels and five books of nonfiction, ranging from history to literary history and a handbook on creative writing called The Modern Library Writer’s Workshop. His most recent book is Hitler’s Pawn – The Boy Assassin and the Holocaust  about the life of a Jewish teenager who in 1938 assassinated a minor German Diplomat and gave Hitler his pretext for Kristallnacht, and had worldwide repercussions in the lead up to the second World War. 

Koch has steadily written essays and reviews about literature, art, and the cultural scene. One of his books, Stargazer – The Life, World, and Films of Andy Warhol, is now regarded as a classic discussion of Warhol’s films, art and sensibility. Read More…

About Stephen Koch

Koch is the author of two novels and five books of nonfiction, ranging from history to literary history and a handbook on creative writing called The Modern Library Writer’s Workshop. His most recent book is Hitler’s Pawn – The Boy Assassin and the Holocaust  about the life of a Jewish teenager who in 1938 assassinated a minor German Diplomat and gave Hitler his pretext for Kristallnacht, and had worldwide repercussions in the lead up to the second World War. 

Koch has steadily written essays and reviews about literature, art, and the cultural scene. One of his books, Stargazer – The Life, World, and Films of Andy Warhol, is now regarded as a classic discussion of Warhol’s films, art and sensibility. Read More...

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