True Believer by Marton Kati
True Believer reveals the life of Noel Field an American who betrayed his country and crushed his family. Field once a well-meaning and privileged American spied for Stalin during the 1930s and '40s. Then a pawn in Stalin's sinister master strategy Field was kidnapped and tortured by the KGB and forced to testify against his own Communist comrades. How does an Ivy League-educated US State Department employee deeply rooted in American culture and history become a hardcore Stalinist? The 1930s when Noel Field joined the secret underground of the International Communist Movement were a time of national collapse: ten million Americans unemployed rampant racism retreat from the world just as fascism was gaining ground and Washington-pre FDR-parched of fresh ideas. Communism promised the righting of social and political wrongs and many in Field's generation were seduced by its siren song. Few however went as far as Noel Field in betraying their own country. With a reporter's eye for detail and a historian's grasp of the cataclysmic events of the twentieth century Kati Marton captures Field's riveting quest for a life of meaning that went horribly wrong.