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The Anatomy of a Traitor

A history of espionage and betrayal

Michael Smith



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Aurum Press
28 June 2017
History; History: specific events & topics; Espionage & secret services
What makes someone betray their country, their friends, everything they have been brought up to value? This book will focus on the critical moment in a spy's life: that split-second when they decide 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 will centre on a different spy, following the path they took that lead, finally, to their treachery. Were they propelled by personal convictions? Blackmailed and left without a choice? Too desperate for money to think about the consequences? It will offer a compelling psychological portrait 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.
By:   Michael Smith
Imprint:   Aurum Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm, 
ISBN:   9781781316573
ISBN 10:   1781316570
Pages:   320
Publication Date:   28 June 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Out of Print

MICHAEL SMITH is an award-winning journalist and the author of a number of bestselling books on spies, special forces and codebreaking. Formerly a member of the British Army's Intelligence Corps before joining the BBC, he has been a reporter and defence.

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