Richard Sorge was the mastermind behind one of the most successful -- and daring -- espionage operations of modern times: the Tokyo Spy Ring. Born to a Russian mother and a German father, Sorge's ideals led him into the arms of Soviet intelligence in the late 1920s. Shortly thereafter he was tapped by the Chief Intelligence Directorate (GRU) to assemble an amazingly sophisticated operation under the nose of Japan's military government. Disguised as a respected Nazi journalist, he quickly penetrated the German embassy in Tokyo, and for more than a decade, sent a steady stream of priceless information back to his handlers in Moscow. By the time he was finally betrayed in 1941, Sorge had supplied Stalin with knowledge crucial to Hitler's defeat on the Eastern Front.More compelling than any spy fiction, Whymant's account of Sorge reads like LeCarre and Greene -- full of suspense, bravery, torrents of alcohol, dangerous mistresses, and treason -- but with one exception: it's history.