With the January 28th Season Three premiere of FX's "The Americans", a period drama about the complex marriage of two KGB spies posing as Americans in suburban Washington D.C. shortly after Ronald Reagan is elected President, Between the Synapse takes a look at Americans who actually spied for the Soviet Union with noted Emory University Scholar Harvey Klehr, co-author of Spies: The Rise and Fall of the KGB in America (Yale, 2009).
Phoenix, AZ -- (SBWIRE) -- 01/30/2015 -- The Americans featuring Keri Russell and Mathew Rhys has enjoyed both critical as well as popular acclaim in its two seasons on FX. With Season Three beginning on January 28, Between the Synapse interviews of the foremost experts on communism in America, Emory University's Harvey Klehr who will share stories of real Americans who spied for the Soviet Union. Klehr teaches Political Theory and Twentieth Century Political Ideologies as the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Politics & History at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. His current research interests center around American communism and Soviet espionage in America. His publications include The Rise and Fall of the KGB in America. (co-author, Yale, 2009), Decoding Soviet Espionage in America (co-author, Yale, 1999) and The Heyday of American Communism: The Depression Decade (Basic Books, 1984), which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.
Says show host Mark Toubin, "I've been a fan a The Americans from the beginning and can't wait to hear how close the show comes to portraying the lives of actual Soviet spies. If anyone knows the truth, its Harvey Klehr."
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