Harvey Klehr has written a book about a philandering, narcissistic, New York real estate developer with ties to Moscow-based intelligence agencies. No, not that one!

Although the parallels are startling, David Karr, the subject of Klehr's The Millionaire Was a Soviet Mole, is in many ways far more interesting than Donald Trump. Unlike Trump, Karr did not inherit his fortune and the opportunities for fame and power that came with it. Instead, he had to hustle and scramble relentlessly in pursuit of success and recognition, continually reinventing himself, erasing or obscuring previous lives, and leaving friends, wives, children, and business partners in the dust.

Klehr is the author and coauthor with John Earl Haynes of pathbreaking books that reveal the scope of Soviet espionage in the United States in the 1930s and 1940s and chronicle the subservience of the Communist Party of the United States of America (CPUSA) to...

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