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The Anatomy of a Spy

A History of Espionage and Betrayal

Michael Smith

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HISTORY PRESS
01 February 2020
History; Military history; Espionage & secret services
In this compelling investigation, author Michael Smith explores the critical moment in a spy's life: that split-second decision to embrace a double life; to cheat and hide and hurt; to risk disgrace even death without any guarantee of being rewarded or even recognised. Each chapter centres on a different spy, following the path they took that lead, finally, to the point of no return. Were they propelled by personal convictions? Blackmailed and left without a choice? Too desperate for money to think about the consequences? Through in-depth insider knowledge, Michael Smith also uncovers new and unknown cases, including ISIS, President Trump's links with Russia and Edward Snowden's role as a whistleblower, to offer compelling psychological portraits of these men and women, homing unerringly on the fault-lines and shady corners of their characters, their weaknesses and their strengths, the lies they tell other people, and the lies they always end up telling themselves. AUTHOR: Michael Smith is the number-one bestselling author of Station X. He served in the British Army's Intelligence Corps and was an award-winning journalist for the BBC, the Daily Telegraph and the Sunday Times. He is now a full-time novelist and intelligence historian. Smith is the author of a number of books, including The Secrets of Station X; SIX: The Real James Bonds and Foley: The Spy Who Saved 10,000 Jews. 20 b/w illustrations
By:   Michael Smith
Imprint:   HISTORY PRESS
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm, 
ISBN:   9780750992572
ISBN 10:   0750992573
Pages:   320
Publication Date:   01 February 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

MICHAEL SMITH is a best-selling author, who spent a decade in military intelligence before becoming an award-winning journalist for the BBC, the Daily Telegraph and the Sunday Times. Smith is the author of a number of books, including The Secrets of Station X, Killer Elite and Foley: The Spy Who Saved 10,000 Jews. He is a visiting fellow at Kellogg College, Oxford.

Reviews for The Anatomy of a Spy: A History of Espionage and Betrayal

'There are very few ex-intelligence officers who know their stuff better than Michael Smith. If you're want to know why spies put their lives in danger, this is the book for you.' -- Andy McNab 'Definitely an essential handbook for the layman as well as the molehunter and counter-intelligence professional.' -- Nigel West


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