- - Friday, July 12, 2013

Richard Sorge has been labeled as one of the most effective Soviet agents in history, whose undercover work had penetrated the Japanese government. Sorge was a wounded World War I German who posed in Japan as a German journalist loyal to the Nazis. In reality, he was a hard-boiled Soviet agent, member of and loyal to Moscow’s military intelligence directorate. Just before his arrest, he had told Josef Stalin that the Japanese would attack Pearl Harbor. Let not these omissions dissuade you from reading “Operation Snow,” a worthy addition to the still unfolding histories of World War II.

Wes Vernon is a Washington-based writer whose broadcast career included 25 years with CBS Radio. His column appears regularly at RenewAmerica.com.