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A Spy Among Friends

Author : Ben Macintyre
ISBN : 9781408851722
Genre : Espionage, Soviet
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From bestselling author Ben Macintyre, the true untold story of history's most famous traitor
Category: Espionage, Soviet

A Spy Among Friends By Ben Macintyre A 30 Minute Instaread Summary

Author : Instaread Summaries
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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PLEASE NOTE: This is a summary of the book and NOT the original book. A Spy Among Friends by Ben Macintyre - A 30-minute Instaread Summary Inside this Instaread Summary: • Overview of the entire book • Introduction to the important people in the book • Summary and analysis of all the chapters in the book • Key Takeaways of the book • A Reader's Perspective Preview of this book: Chapter One At the age of twenty-two, Nicholas Elliott became a spy. Elliott’s father, Sir Claude Aurelius Elliott, Headmaster at Eton College, had powerful connections. When Elliott announced his desire to join the intelligence service, his father was able to arrange it for him. Elliott attended prep school at Durnford, where he endured horrific brutality, then to Eton and Cambridge. He neither worked hard nor excelled academically, but developed a close friendship with Basil Fisher whose death during the Battle of Britain had a devastating effect on him. In 1938, Elliott was invited to accompany Sir Nevile Bland, a senior diplomat, to The Hague, the seat of government in the Netherlands, to serve as his honorary attaché in the Foreign Office. This opportunity provided his first introduction into clandestine work, as well as exposure to Hitler. He left The Hague with the conviction that Hitler must be stopped and the best way to do this was to become a spy…
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Author : Tana French
ISBN : 9786180309751
Genre : Fiction
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Ο αστυνόμος Στίβεν Μόραν περίμενε καιρό να του δοθεί η ευκαιρία να περάσει το κατώφλι του Τμήματος Ανθρωποκτονιών του Δουβλίνου και η επιθυμία του γίνεται πραγματικότητα όταν ένα πρωί η δεκαεξάχρονη Χόλι Μακέι τού φέρνει αυτή τη φωτογραφία. Τη βρήκε αναρτημένη στον Τόπο των Μυστικών, έναν πίνακα όπου τα κορίτσια του ιδιωτικού σχολείου Σεντ Κίλντα μπορούν να αναρτήσουν ανώνυμα τα μυστικά τους. Συνήθως πρόκειται για κουτσομπολιά και κακεντρεχή σχόλια, αλλά σήμερα κάποιος τον χρησιμοποίησε για να πυροδοτήσει εκ νέου την έρευνα για τη δολοφονία του όμορφου και δημοφιλούς Κρις Χάρπερ. Ο Στίβεν θα ενώσει τις δυνάμεις του με τη σκληροτράχηλη αστυνόμο Αντουανέτ Κόνγουεϊ για να βρει τη λύση. Όλα τα στοιχεία οδηγούν τους δύο ντετέκτιβ στην κλίκα της Χόλι και στην κλίκα των αντίζηλών τους καθώς και σε έναν περίπλοκο ιστό σχέσεων και μυστικών που δένουν όλα αυτά τα κορίτσια με τον νεκρό Κρις Χάρπερ. Σε κάθε τους βήμα η πίεση αυξάνεται. Ο κόσμος των έφηβων αυτών κοριτσιών θα αποδειχθεί πολύ πιο επικίνδυνος απ’ ό,τι είχαν ποτέ φανταστεί οι δύο αστυνομικοί…
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Author : Marilynne Robinson
ISBN : 9786180306729
Genre : Fiction
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Η αμερικανίδα Μέριλιν Ρόμπινσον, μία από τις σημαντικότερες συγγραφείς της εποχής μας, μας χαρίζει την αξέχαστη ιστορία ενηλικίωσης ενός κοριτσιού που μεγαλώνει στο περιθώριο της κοινωνίας μες στον φόβο και το δέος, τα χρόνια της μεγάλης ύφεσης της αμερικανικής οικονομίας τη δεκαετία του 1920. Η Λάιλα, άστεγη και μόνη, αφού έχει περιπλανηθεί επί χρόνια στην ύπαιθρο, μπαίνει στην εκκλησία μιας μικρής πόλης της Αϊόβα για να βρει καταφύγιο από τη βροχή. Αυτή θα είναι η αφορμή για να γεννηθούν ένας έρωτας και μια αναζήτηση που θα της αλλάξουν τη ζωή. Αφού παντρευτεί τον ιερέα της εκκλησίας και βρεθεί σε ασφαλές και προστατευμένο περιβάλλον, θα ξεκινήσει να αναζητά το νόημα των δύσκολων χρόνων της ύπαρξής της.
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The Albanian Operation Of The Cia And Mi6 1949 1953

Author : Nicholas Bethell
ISBN : 9781476663791
Genre : History
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The Albanian Operation, carried out by British and American secret services from 1949 to 1953, was one of the first Western attempts to subvert a country behind the Iron Curtain. The British liaison officer for the project in Washington was Kim Philby, a Soviet double agent who sabotaged the whole venture. In all, about 300 agents and civilians are thought to have been killed in the disastrous operation. The story was first pieced together by Nicholas Bethell in his 1984 book The Great Betrayal: The Untold Story of Kim Philby's Biggest Coup, based on interviews and conversations with British and American officials and Albanian fighters who infiltrated the Stalinist Albanian regime and escaped alive. The present work presents the interviews and throws new light on what actually took place.
Category: History

For Your Eyes Only

Author : Ben Macintyre
ISBN : 0747595275
Genre : Bond, James (Fictitious character)
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Published to coincide with the 2008 Imperial War Museum exhibition of the same name, this is a thrilling stand-alone book that looks into the entwined worlds of James Bond and Ian Fleming. The book and exhibition will explore how Fleming's 007 emerged against the background of the Second World War and the Cold War, and how Bond's world was based on the realities (and fantasies) of Fleming's life as a wartime spy-master and peacetime bon viveur. They will show how the film version of Bond evolved for a later age, and answer a question that has obsessed generations of Bond fans over the years: where does the world of Ian Fleming end, and that of James Bond begin? Stylishly illustrated, For Your Eyes Only will incorporate a treasure-trove of gadgets, costumes, props, and storyboards from the films - Daniel Craig's blood-stained shirt from Casino Royale, the Aston Martin DB5, complete with weaponry - as well as memorabilia from Fleming's personal archive: his smoking jacket, the manuscript for Casino Royale, his golden typewriter, his guns, and much more. Alongside this array of extraordinary visuals, Ben Macintyre tells the story of how Fleming created the most popular legend of all time. On the centenary of Fleming's birth, he looks at the real people on whom the writer based his fictional creations - friends, colleagues, lovers, and of course, the notorious villains. Exploring the tradition of spy fiction past and present - with specific attention to the Cold War - Macintyre explains the astonishing legacy of the Bond books and the enduring appeal of a fictional secret agent who not only lived twice, but proved to be immortal.
Category: Bond, James (Fictitious character)

Operation Mincemeat

Author : Ben Macintyre
ISBN : 1408486539
Genre : Deception
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One April morning in 1943, a sardine fisherman spotted the corpse of a British soldier floating in the sea off the coast of Spain and set in train a course of events that would change the course of the Second World War.
Category: Deception

L Espion Qui Trahissait Ses Amis

Author : Ben Macintyre
ISBN : 9782875154996
Genre : History
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Philby est sans aucun doute l’espion le plus célèbre et le plus scandaleux du XXe siècle. Ce livre, basé sur des lettres personnelles, des journaux intimes, des interviews ainsi que sur des archives déclassées des services secrets britanniques, américains et soviétiques, retrace le parcours d’une vie qui fut... une perpétuelle trahison. L’Espion qui trahissait ses amis retrace avec force détails, et dans un style purement narratif qui fait penser aux romans de John Le Carré, l’histoire rocambolesque de Kim Philby, sur fond de guerre, puis de guerre froide. Un personnage double dans les faits et dans la psychologie, à la fois responsable de la mort de milliers de personnes à travers le monde et grand séducteur. L’Espion qui trahissait ses amis se lit d’une traite, comme un roman. C’est une histoire d’espionnage palpitante, aussi intense et intrigante qu’un thriller, digne de Graham Greene ou John Le Carré. Mais c’est aussi, on l’oublierait presque, une histoire vraie solidement documentée sur le parcours rocambolesque de Kim Philby depuis la Seconde Guerre mondiale jusqu’à la fin de la guerre froide, et sur son amitié tragique avec Nicholas Elliott. Une amitié extraordinaire entre deux êtres viscéralement liés mais que l’idéologie séparera toute leur vie : Nicholas Elliott, maître espion britannique, sera aussi fidèle à son pays que Philby, le sublime traître, le sera à l’Union soviétique. Ben Macintyre est un conteur-né et sa description de l’univers des espions est aussi fine qu’hilarante : en pénétrant les arcanes des services de renseignement britanniques, le lecteur découvrira une galerie de portraits hauts en couleurs sur fond d’establishment et de beuveries monumentales. Anecdotes et grande Histoire se mêlent astucieusement au fil du récit pour donner lieu à une brillante combinaison de connaissances et de divertissement. Au final, ce livre merveilleusement ficelé n’est peut-être pas le dernier sur le « phénomène Philby », mais à travers le prisme de l’amitié et de la loyauté bafouées, il offre une nouvelle compréhension psychologique de l’espion le plus remarquable des temps modernes. Ce livre est la traduction française du best seller A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal A propos de l'auteur Ben Macintyre est chroniqueur et rédacteur en chef adjoint du Times, journal pour lequel il a également été correspondant à Paris, New York et Washington. Il a étudié l’histoire à Cambridge et est l’auteur de précédents livres d’histoire narrative à succès dont Opération Mincemeat et Les Espions du Débarquement. Un livre publié par Ixelles éditions Visitez notre site : http://www.ixelles-editions.com Contactez-nous à l'adresse [email protected]
Category: History

Josiah The Great

Author : Ben Macintyre
ISBN : 0007151063
Genre : Adventure and adventurers
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The fantastical tale of a resourceful and unscrupulous early-nineteenth-century American adventurer who forges his own kingdom in the wilds of Afghanistan. In the year 1838, a young adventurer, surrounded by his native troops and mounted on an elephant, raised the American flag on the summit of the Hindu Kush, and declared himself Prince of Ghor, the heir to Alexander the Great. Josiah Harlan, the first American to set foot in Afghanistan, would become the model for Kipling's The Man Who Would be King, but the true story of his life is stranger than fiction. A soldier, spy, doctor, naturalist and writer, Harlan set off into the wilds of Central Asia after a failed love affair in 1820. Following a brief stint as a surgeon in the East India Company's army, he joined the court of the deposed Afghan monarch Shah Shujah, and then slipped into Kabul disguised as a Muslim priest to foment rebellion. For the next two decades he would play a pivotal role in the bloody politics of the region. the Great to lead an army across the Hindu Kush. There, in a crowning act of imperial hubris, he declared himself a prince. But a year later he was on his way back to America, unceremoniously ousted by an invading British army. He would die in obscurity in San Francisco, still boasting to sceptical listeners that he had once been an Afghan king. Harlan was an extraordinary mixture of parts: eccentric, inquisitive and brave to the point of lunacy, he was also an acute observer who understood the Afghan people as no foreigner had done before. His warnings of the dangers of imperialism have an uncanny echo at a time when relations between the West and Afghanistan are under intense scrutiny. Using a trove of newly discovered documents, including Harlan's long lost journals, Ben Macintyre has followed Harlan's footsteps to uncover an astonishing, untold chapter in the history of the Great Game.
Category: Adventure and adventurers