Spy!: Six Stories of Modern Espionage - Richard Deacon & Nigel WestLondon: British Broadcasting Corporation, 1980, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dustwrapper. Dustwrapper a little rubbed at the edges and faded at the spine. Previous owner’s inscription to the first blank. Text complete, clean and tight.
From the cover: “Here are six great stories of twentieth-century espionage — all true and all more intriguing than fiction. Many of these spies have had a real and lasting, if hitherto generally unknown, influence on world history.
In this book, Richard Deacon and Nigel West examine not only their political roles but their own psychology — what motivates a spy and what makes a successful spymaster?
Some of the spies like Richard Sorge and the beautiful ‘Cynthia’ are comparatively well known. The identity of others, such as the Double Cross Agent, Tate, have only recently been revealed — their activities shrouded by the Official Secrets Act. The grim tale of Stashinsky — a KGB assassin — offers a disturbing parallel to the recent killing of Georgi Markov. The chapters on the Venlo Incident and John Vassall give an inside view of how spymasters and governments can and do make grave mistakes which cannot always be covered up.
Spy! in its combination of scrupulous accuracy and readability is a fascinating analysis of intelligence agents and the secret organisations for which they risked their lives.”