A history of espionage from the pre-eminent historian of intelligence, which looks at ancient China, India, Renaissance Venice, Elizabethan England, Revolutionary America and much else, including contemporary practitioners.
From 1973, Oleg Gordievsky – the USSR’s top man in London – was secretly working for MI6. His identity was kept from the Americans. The CIA man who finally identified him was Aldrich Ames, who turned out to be spying for the Soviets. This is a gripping story of treachery and betrayal, culminating in Gordievsky’s dramatic escape from Moscow in 1985.
This remarkably researched book is the first to examine the role of early modern women spies. Transcribing hundreds of letters, breaking codes, and studying invisible inks, the author unearths plots and conspiracies that have remained hidden until now.
This book began life as a commission in 1998 by Robin Cook to get to the bottom of a mystery that had long haunted British political life. A forgery, and almost certainly a Russian plant, the letter humiliated Ramsay MacDonald’s government in 1924. A fascinating precursor to contemporary ‘fake news’ and discussions of the ‘Deep State’.