Books: The Spy Defined

THE CASE OF RICHARD SORGE by F. W. Deakin and G. R. Storry. 373 pages. Harper & Row. $6.

Spies who become famous usually find it fatal. Richard Sorge, the shadowy Soviet mastermind of one of the most daring and successful espionage rings in history, was no exception. Although Russia made him a Hero of the Soviet Union, named a Moscow street and a tanker in his honor, and only last year issued a commemorative stamp (4 kopeks) bearing his likeness, Sorge was not around to take bows. The Japanese hanged him in Tokyo's Sugamo Prison on Nov. 7, 1944.

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