Russians Among Us
Sleeper Cells, Ghost Stories and the Hunt for Putin's Agents
In 2010 a group of Russian sleeper agents, including Anna Chapman, were arrested in the United States and exchanged for four people held in Russia. Of the four, Sergei Skripal, was subsequently poisoned. In this meticulously researched investigation, the BBC’s security correspondent Gordon Corera reveals the extent of Russian espionage in the West, including murder, intelligence gathering, cyberattacks and interference in elections.
Code-Breaking in Bletchley Park
Renowned as one of England's foremost historians, Asa Briggs turns to his own role in wartime code-breaking, which he kept secret for many years. His meticulously researched account of daily life at Bletchley Park covers the various types of work done there, from cryptography to catering, and also provides a fascinating first-hand insight into the diverse and vibrant community and social life of the two camps where the employees were accommodated.
Queen of Spies
Daphne Park, Britain's Cold War Spy Master
With a degree in modern languages, Daphne Park joined the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry (FANY) in 1943 and was quickly talent spotted and transferred to the Special Operations Executive. This biography details her extraordinary achievements in the Secret Intelligence Service, taking her to Vienna and Moscow during the height of the Cold War, to the Congo and Hanoi, and attaining in the 1970s the Secret Intelligence Service's most senior operational rank.
The Secret History of Disinformation and Political Warfare
Beginning with a clever ruse to sow disinformation about emigré Russians opposing the Soviet regime in the 1920s, this study reveals a century of undercover intelligence operations that have sought to exploit political tensions by planting, leaking or forging false stories. The final chapters deal with the emergence of computer hacking, cyber attacks and disinformation campaigns waged through social media.
The True Stories of the Reconnaissance and Intelligence Missions Behind D-Day
In preparation for the Normandy invasion, the Allies left as little as possible to chance: in addition to the intense military planning and training a vast information-gathering campaign was undertaken. This study details how specialist units across the services built up an unprecedented body of intelligence, with sources ranging from aerial reconnaissance missions and decipherment of German signals to canoeist and swimmer teams sneaking onto beaches to take soil and sand samples.
Biteback Espionage Classics - 3 Books
Biteback Espionage Classics reprint vintage accounts of real-life covert intelligence operations and underground networks behind enemy lines, from the First and Second World Wars to the Cold War. The three titles included in this set are: The Unknown Courier (Read more...) MI9 (Read more...) Double Cross in Cairo (Read more...)
MI5 and Me
A Coronet Among the Spooks
Charlotte Bingham was 18 when her aloof, unexciting father told her that he worked for MI5. Soon, she was working there herself, alongside the vivacious Arabella. In this light-hearted memoir, she recalls how the family home was filled with actors doubling as spies, and events took a sinister turn when Arabella’s mother was besieged with mysterious phone calls.
Secret War in Shanghai
Treachery, Subversion and Collaboration in the Second World War
From the 1930s through the war, Shanghai was a centre of espionage and sleaze. This history reveals how the powers in the International Settlement spied on one another, compiling detailed records of individuals’ sexual peccadilloes and political entanglements. Wasserstein recounts stories of how bogus aristocrats, mobsters and arms dealers used illicitly gained secrets to gain political advantage and personal wealth.
The History of Espionage
The Secret World of Spycraft, Sabotage and Post-Truth Propaganda
Investigative reporter Ernest Volkman presents stories of espionage and surveillance from ancient Rome and the medieval world to the Cold War and harvesting of data in the digital age. Illustrated with rare photographs, and including 12 case studies, his survey explores how the wealth of information gathered by spies is assembled into intelligence, and some of the methods and ciphers used to preserve national security.
Under Every Leaf
How Britain Played the Greater Game from Afghanistan to Africa
This first study of the War Office Intelligence Division profiles the elite group of officers whose activities sustained the British Empire in its Victorian heyday. From an inconspicuous house in Queen Anne’s Gate, London, they created a global network of spies so extensive that it gave rise to the expression, ‘Anywhere a leaf moves, underneath you will find an Englishman.’
My Time as MI6's Top Spy Inside al-Qaeda
Aimen Dean was a bomb maker for al-Qaeda and was well respected in the organization, but grew sceptical of their philosophy and defected to become an MI6 agent. Recalling his life as a spy, which included meeting Osama bin Laden, the 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, and many other key figures, his extraordinary memoir provides a deep insight into the terrorists’ world.
Cold War Counterfeit Spies
Tales of Espionage; Genuine or Bogus?
Was the Prime Minister of Australia a Chinese spy, and did the Soviets abduct a British frogman from Portsmouth harbour in 1956? As secret documents from the Cold War period become declassified, this exploration into a range of spying revelations and exposés investigates the veracity of the stories and the credentials of their authors and finds that many do not stand up to scrutiny.
The Unknown Courier
The True Story of Operation Mincemeat
First published in 1953, this book describes how the body of a fictitious Major Martin washed up on the Spanish coast in 1943, carrying plans for an Allied invasion of Italy. It tells how the plans were fabricated to divert the Germans from the real landings, and investigates the identity of the corpse.
My Time as MI6's Top Spy Inside al-Qaeda
Aimen Dean was a bomb maker for al-Qaeda and was well respected in the organization, but grew sceptical of their philosophy and defected to become an MI6 agent. Recalling his life as a spy, which included meeting Osama bin Laden, the 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, and many other key figures, his extraordinary memoir provides a deep insight into the terrorists’ world. Off-mint.
The Good Assassin
Mossad's Hunt for the Butcher of Latvia
Before the Second World War, Herbert Cukurs was a world-famous aviator and a hero in his native Latvia; then he joined the SS and contributed to the genocide of 30,000 Latvian Jews. The Good Assassin uncovers this little-known episode of the Holocaust, before moving forward to the 1960s, when the Israeli secret agent Yaakov Meidad found Cukurs living under an alias in Brazil, and set about bringing him to justice.
The Secret Life of CIA Spymaster James Jesus Angleton
Legendary spy chief James Jesus Angleton was the head of CIA Counterintelligence during the Cold War, which inspired his obsessive hunt for Communist moles. He played a significant role in major KGB defections, the obstruction of investigations into the JFK assassination and the first US forays into mass surveillance. This biography presents another side to him, showing an intriguing, reclusive figure whose friends included Ezra Pound, TS Eliot and members of the underground Washington gay scene.
Up Against the Wall
The KGB and Latvia
In 2018 Latvia’s politicians released KGB files seized when the Soviet Union collapsed almost three decades earlier. Alongside eyewitness interviews, they form the basis of this disturbing account of 50 years of tyranny that saw dissidents tortured and killed and 45,000 exiled to the gulags.
Are You Sharp Enough to be a KGB Agent?
In a course that progresses from the level of junior operative to double agent, Spy School aims to sharpen your mind using techniques developed to train Russian intelligence agents. Following the story of a counter-intelligence operation, the book presents a series of documents and diary entries along with instruction on memory formation techniques, practical exercises, tasks and questions on the central plot. This Russian bestseller was translated by Svetlana Shcholokova.
SOE in the Low Countries
British spying successes in France and elsewhere during the Second World War were not replicated in Belgium and Holland, where the Germans had infiltrated the network from 1942 and exploited their advantage by spreading false information. The leading historian of SOE investigates how security was breached, uncovering inter-service rivalries, in-fighting and ineptitude in Whitehall as well as the brave stories of the dozens of captured field operatives.
The Ghosts of Langley
Into the Heart of the CIA
In the 70 years since the CIA was formed, it has become increasingly effective at sidestepping government control and accountability for its actions. Focusing on the activities of key figures in the agency, John Prados examines its history of covert operations, intelligence analysis and technological development and reveals how the culture that developed led to high profile disasters and the current dysfunction between the agency and the White House.
The Man Who Broke Enigmas
Brilliant classical scholar Alfred Dillwyn Knox was recruited by the Admiralty as a codebreaker in 1915 and by the outbreak of the Second World War was a leading cryptographer for the Government Code and Cypher School, breaking the Abwehr Enigma at Bletchley Park in 1941. This biography of the eccentric genius is written by one of 'Dilly's girls' - his codebreaking assistants at Bletchley - and describes his life and work, including detailed explanations of his decryption methods.
The Solitary Spy
A Political Prisoner in Cold War Berlin
A graduate of Britain’s top-secret Joint Services School for Linguistics, Douglas Boyd was posted to an RAF airbase in Berlin in 1958 to spy on the armed forces of Warsaw Pact countries. He was subsequently arrested and imprisoned in solitary confinement in Potsdam, where he was interrogated by the KGB. In this memoir, Boyd describes his work as a signals interceptor in Berlin, where he listened in on pilots flying over East Germany, and his encounters with key security personnel.
Trotsky's Favourite Spy
The Life of George Alexander Hill
As part of a team of British agents charged with keeping Russia engaged in the First World War in 1917, George Hill (1893–1970) worked undercover with Trotsky. In the Second World War he became the link between Churchill’s Special Operations Executive and Stalin’s secret service, the NKVD. Drawing on the memoir by Hill’s daughter, Una Kroll, Peter Day’s book explores the shadowy world of early 20th-century espionage through the career of this multilingual merchant adventurer, soldier, diplomat and spy.
Secret Duties of a Signals Interceptor
Working with Bletchley Park, the SDS and the OSS
When serving as a bilingual wireless operator with the Special Defence Force (SDS) in Dover during the Second World War, US national Jenny Nater fell in love with a naval officer. Their love affair ended in tragedy, but their letters, which dominate the narrative in this wartime memoir, describe some of the military operations in which they were involved, including the interception of traffic from German naval vessels to relay back to Bletchley Park.
Rebellion in the Reign of Charles II
Despite the positive aspects of Charles II’s reign, with its freedom and flourishing of science and the arts, this study shows how ‘the euphoria of the Restoration soon evaporated as the deep problems, divisions and distrust of the past re-emerged’. With the insight of a former government intelligence officer, Whitehead describes the numerous plots, uprisings and subversive activities of the period, and the covert operations and general dirty tricks that enabled the king to overcome opposition and intrigue.
Operation Lena and Hitler's Plots to Blow Up Britain
During the Second World War, there were numerous German plots to sabotage British infrastructure, many of them using saboteurs and agents provocateurs enlisted from the ranks of the IRA, Welsh and Scottish extremists and foreign nationals. Starting with the IRA’s ‘S-Plan’, Bernard O’Connor gives detailed accounts of the successes and failures of the Nazis’ collaborative operations on the British mainland and describes how MI5 used code-breakers and double agents, notably ZIGZAG, in a widespread counter-sabotage programme.
The Debs of Bletchley Park
Bletchley Park may be famous for the exploits of Alan Turing and the team operating his first 'computer', but at the peak of its operations Station X employed as many as 12,000 people, two-thirds of whom were women. From language students to society debutantes and even a former ballerina, this book explores the extraordinary secret life of these women during the Second World War and the significant contribution they made to the Allied victory. Slightly off-mint.
A Very Dangerous Woman
The Lives, Loves and Lies of Russia's Most Seductive Spy
Adventurer, seductress and spy, the Russian baroness Moura Budberg embarked on a passionate affair in 1918 with Robert Bruce Lockhart, a British agent plotting Lenin’s downfall. Based on previously unexamined letters, diaries and documents, and narrated with the pace of a thriller, this first-ever biography tells the incredible story of a woman whose lovers included Maxim Gorky and HG Wells, and who became embroiled in the web of scandal surrounding the Cambridge Five.
The Spy Who Saved 10,000 Jews
During the 1920s and 1930s, Frank Foley worked as Chief Passport Control Officer for the British Embassy in Berlin, a cover for his role as MI6 Head of Station there. As the Nazi administration increased its stranglehold over the country, Foley used his position to issue visas to countless Jews, allowing them to escape to Britain ‘legally’. This biography also recounts many of the escapes that Foley enabled.
Stalin's Romeo Spy
The Remarkable Rise and Fall of the KGB's Most Daring Operative
This biography of Dmitri Bystrolyotov, one of the Soviet Union’s most brilliant secret agents or ‘Great Illegals’, examines his methods – seduction, duplicity, determination (he crossed the Sahara twice) – and his eventual redemption during years of hard labour in a Gulag.
The Spy in Moscow Station
A Counterspy's Hunt for a Deadly Cold War Threat
During the late 1970s a series of security breaches within the US Embassy in Moscow led not only to several CIA agents being expelled from Russia, but to the execution of their Russian-born ‘assets’. This story of how the embassy was compromised follows several CIA and National Security Agency officers in their investigations into innovative Soviet tradecraft, uncovering advanced surveillance technology, moles, ‘walk-ins’ and microwave attacks.
The Pigeon Tunnel
Stories from My Life
John Le Carré has drawn on his years in British intelligence to create a body of fiction that explores the moral ambiguities of our world. In this long-awaited memoir, he provides vivid, insightful, and often very funny cameos of his con-man father Ronnie, meeting Margaret Thatcher, the casinos of Monte Carlo, New Year’s Eve with Yasser Arafat, watching Alec Guinness preparing for his role as George Smiley, and the aid worker who inspired The Constant Gardener. Off-mint and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
The Young Kim Philby
Soviet Spy and British Intelligence Officer
In 1944 Kim Philby was appointed head of the anti-communist section of Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service, a crucial promotion that enabled him to spy at the highest level for Stalin’s Russia. Drawing on recently released materials from public and private archives, this serious account of Philby’s early years examines his ideological motivations and the manoeuvres behind his appointment, and asks how this privileged Cambridge graduate and Times correspondent became the ‘spy who betrayed a generation’.
Spy of the Century
Alfred Redl and the Betrayal of Austro-Hungary
When, in 1907, Alfred Redl became head of the Austro-Hungarian Intelligence Bureau, he also began working as a secret agent for the Russian Imperial Army. This biography, the first in English, examines possible motivations behind Redl’s treachery, which is often blamed for Austria’s defeat in the First World War and the break-up of its empire. Was Redl an evil, reckless man or the tragic victim of Russian blackmail that threatened to expose his homosexuality?
Secret Histories of Britain's Rebels and Revolutionaries
In the wake of the French Revolution, the British establishment of the late 18th century and early 19th century were fearful of a similar uprising. Flashpoints such as the Irish Rebellion, the Luddite riots and the Peterloo Massacre only increased their worry. This review of the period focuses on the government’s network of spies and their clandestine operations to identify potential rebels and agitators.
I Was a Spy!
The Classic Account of Behind-the-Lines Espionage in the First World War
While working as a nurse in 1915, tending to wounded German soldiers near her Belgian home of Roulers, Marthe McKenna was recruited by the British as a spy. Using her multilingual skills and proximity to the enemy, she worked with locals in sabotage operations and aided escaping prisoners until she was captured herself. This classic memoir was first published in 1932 and is reproduced here with the original foreword by Winston Churchill.
The Spies of Winter
The GCHQ Codebreakers Who Fought the Cold War
At the end of the Second World War, many of the Bletchley Park codebreakers were moved on to the newly formed GCHQ to keep tabs on Britain's new foe, the Soviet Union. This book explores their work in the early period of the Cold War as Western and Eastern blocs were established and cryptanalysts attempted to uncover the secrets behind flashpoints such as the Berlin Blockade, the Cambridge spy ring and the revolution in China.
The Man with the Poison Gun
A Cold War Spy Story
In August 1961, on the day before his baby son’s funeral, KGB agent Bohdan Stashynsky boarded an S-Bahn train into West Berlin. By nightfall he had defected into the hands of the American military, confessing to murdering two Ukrainian dissidents using a cyanide-loaded poison gun. Drawing on recently declassified material from CIA and KGB archives, Plokhy’s thrilling story charts Stashynsky’s rise as a willing assassin, his nail-biting escape and its impact on Cold War politics.
The Special Operations Executive's French Section and Free French Women Agents
Odette Sansom, one of the best-known female agents of Britain’s Special Operations Executive (SOE), was recruited when she responded to a request for photographs of the French coast. The snaps she sent included notes that showed her knowledge of France, alerting the department to her potential as a spy. Based on recently declassified documents, memoirs and mission reports, this book profiles 38 women sent out by the French section of the SOE between 1942 and 1944, detailing their recruitment, training and active service.
The True Story of Agent Dronkers, The Enemy Spy Captured by the British
Accused of spying for Germany in 1942, Dutchman Johannes Marinus Dronkers was convicted of espionage at the Old Bailey and executed. Why he was not 'turned' and used as a double agent as many other agents were or simply interned raises questions about how the British authorities handled the case. This investigation utilizes newly available official files to tell the story of his recruitment by the Abwehr, capture, interrogation and trial, and considers whether high-level political interference influenced his fate.
Prisoners, Lovers, and Spies
The Story of Invisible Ink from Herodotus to Al-Qaeda
Kristie Macrakis begins by describing how she unearthed a formula for invisible ink in the Stasi archives, which inspired her to pen this history of secret writing, from the simple but ingenious techniques used in ancient Greece and Rome to the newest opportunities for concealment provided by computer files and DNA microdots. In an appendix she offers a selection of recipes for invisible inks derived from such everyday ingredients as porridge and tonic water.
The Secret History of MI6
From its foundation in 1909, through two world wars to its present role at the heart of modern British government, the Secret Intelligence Service, or MI6, has been a subject of sustained and intense public interest. This landmark study, the first written by an independent historian with unrestricted access to the service's archives, analyses the role and significance of intelligence and gives an authoritative account of SIS people, organization, development and operations over the first 40 years of its existence.
Guy Burgess, the Cold War, and the Cambridge Spy Ring
Guy Burgess, who passed classified material to Moscow in such quantities that much was never translated, remains the most enigmatic and least studied of the ‘Cambridge Spies’. This first full-scale biography is based on recently released secret files and on interviews with more than 100 people who knew Burgess personally. It offers new insights into his chaotic private life, his Foreign Office work and the fabled charm that won him personal access to Winston Churchill.
Her Finest Hour
The Heroic Life of Diana Rowden, Wartime Secret Agent
As an agent of the Special Operations Executive (SOE), Diana Rowden was dropped into Occupied France alongside Noor Inayat Khan and worked in the Resistance stronghold of the Franche-Comte department. In this full biography, the author describes Diana's tireless work for the Allied war effort and, in the ultimate tale of intrigue, tells how she was betrayed by one of her own colleagues and sent to a concentration camp in the Vosges mountains, where she was executed in 1944.
The Debs of Bletchley Park
and Other Stories
Bletchley Park may be famous for the exploits of Alan Turing and the team operating his first 'computer', but at the peak of its operations Station X employed as many as 12,000 people, two-thirds of whom were women. From language students to society debutantes and even a former ballerina, this book explores the extraordinary secret life of these women during the Second World War and the significant contribution they made to the Allied victory.
And the Wartime Honeytrap Spies
Marie Chilver, codenamed 'Agent Fifi', was used by the Special Operations Executive during the Second World War to test trainee agents' resolve: she befriended them in hotel bars to see if they would reveal their true identities. Compiled from information declassified in 2014, this book tells the story of the London-born Latvian seductress and of other women agents used as honeytraps, decoys, infiltrators and double agents by British spymasters Maxwell Knight and John Masterman.
Power and Terror in the Third Reich
The infamous Gestapo secret police were in fact anything but secret – their methods were publicized in the Nazi press from early on to make sure that opponents of the regime understood who they were dealing with. This study of the organization considers whether it was indeed the all-powerful, all-knowing instrument of terror of its reputation, tracing its origins and history, examining the crimes of the Third Reich and investigating the fate of former officers after the war.
The Spy Who Changed the World
Despite being German and a former member of the Communist Party, Klaus Fuchs was granted British citizenship at the height of the Second World War and invited to contribute to research on the atomic bomb. The physicist moved to America in 1943 to work on the Manhattan Project, all the time passing vital information to the Russians. This biography assesses Fuchs's value as a scientist and as a spy as he traded the greatest secrets of the age.
The Secret Agent's Bedside Reader
A Compendium of Spy Writing
An intelligence officer has to be able to tell a good story, so it is hardly surprising that many authors and journalists have joined their ranks, while operatives such as John le Carre have become successful writers. This anthology, compiled by a former intelligence officer and journalist, assembles extracts from espionage fiction by the likes of Joseph Conrad, Graham Greene and Somerset Maugham, alongside instructions for spies and reports from Guy Burgess, Kim Philby and Sidney Reilly.
The Extraordinary Life of a Secret Agent's Wife
Eddie Chapman, the double agent known as Agent Zigzag, has been celebrated in print, film and television documentaries, but the life of his wife Betty was also far from conventional. Mrs Zigzag tells of her rise from humble origins to become the owner of a pioneering health farm, the guest of Middle Eastern royalty and the confidante of film stars and an African president – as well as the wife of a remarkably brave and loving, but often difficult man.