Harvey  Klehr-The Millionaire Was a Soviet Mole

Harvey Klehr

Bio

Harvey Klehr is Andrew Mellon Professor Emeritus of Politics and History and former chairman of the Political Science Department at Emory University where he taught from 1971 to 2016. He is the author or editor of fifteen books, three of which have been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Spies: The Rise and Fall of the KGB in America was published by Yale University Press in 2009. His newest book is The Millionaire Was a Soviet Mole: The Twisted Life of David Karr. He has also written more than 120 articles and reviews for professional journals as well as Commentary, The New Republic, New York Review of Books, Wall Street Journal, and Weekly Standard. As the first American to gain access to previously closed Russian archives in the early 1990s, his work on Soviet espionage directed at the United States gained substantial media attention, with numerous interviews on radio and television, including The Charlie Rose Show, and NPR. He was the recipient of the Emory Williams Distinguished Teaching Award for Emory College in 1983 and was recognized as the University Scholar-Teacher of the Year by Emory in 1995. He served a six-year term as a member of the National Council on the Humanities from 2004-2011.

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The Millionaire Was a Soviet Mole: The Twisted Life of David Karr

A remarkable, mazelike journey through the life of David Karr-from muckraking columnist to moviemaker, from hotel executive to arms smuggler, to visionary deal-maker, to protector of Jewish emigrants from Russia, and a behind-the-scenes political fixer, and, of course, KBG spy. By the time he died under mysterious circumstances in Paris in 1979 at the age of sixty, David Karr had reinvented himself numerous times. His remarkable American journey encompassed many different worlds—from Communist newspapers to the Office of War Information, from muckraking columnist to public relations flack, from corporate raider to corporate executive, from moviemaker to hotel executive, from international businessman to Soviet asset. Karr died suddenly and mysteriously in 1979. With three ex-wives, one widow, five children, an outdated will, and millions of dollars in assets, Karr’s estate took a decade to unravel. Based on extensive archival research and numerous interviews, The Millionaire Was a Soviet Mole aims to unravel the perplexing question of whose side he was on during his tumultuous career.

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The Millionaire Was a Soviet Mole

By the time he died under mysterious circumstances in Paris in 1979 at the age of 60, David Karr had lived several fascinating lives as a young communist, controversial government bureaucrat, muckraking journalist, public relations genius, corporate bigwig, and international businessman doing deals with the Soviet Union. Within days of his death, the French press exploded with claims he had been murdered by either the KGB, CIA, Mossad or the Mafia. His estate took more than ten years to settle. Years after his death, one journalist accused him of plotting to kill Robert Kennedy. Documents from previously closed Soviet archives suggested he had worked for the KGB, while sources in Israel claimed he had assisted Israel intelligence combatting the PLO. Based on extensive archival research and numerous interviews, The Millionaire Was a Soviet Mole aims to unravel the perplexing question of whose side he was on during his tumultuous career.

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