The Case of Agent Gorbachev
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During the Cold War, much scientific and technical information passed from West to East (and vice versa) through the hands of scientists and engineers induced to act as spies. Macrakis, a historian of science, provides a window on this cloak-and-dagger world with a case study of a physicist and high-ranking employee of AEG/Telefunken in West Berlin who spied for East Germany for nearly two decades. Although East Germany ran a large industrial-espionage operation, Macrakis concludes that the strategy of developing technology by stealing it, rather than investing in research and development, turned out to be short-sighted.