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Agent M: The Lives And Spies Of Mi5'S Maxwell Knight

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The fascinating, improbable true story of Maxwell Knight--the great MI5 spymaster and inspiration for the James Bond character M. Maxwell Knight was perhaps the greatest spymaster in history. He did more than anyone in his era to combat the rising threat of fascism in Britain during World War II, in spite of his own history inside this movement. He was also truly eccentric--a thrice-married jazz aficionado who kept a menagerie of exotic pets--and almost totally unqualified for espionage. Yet he had a gift for turning practically anyone into a fearless secret agent. Knight's work revolutionized British intelligence, pioneering the use of female agents, among other accomplishments. In telling Knight's remarkable story, Agent M also reveals for the first time in print the names and stories of some of the men and women recruited by Knight, on behalf of MI5, who were asked to infiltrate the country's most dangerous political organizations. Drawing on a vast array of original sources, Agent M reveals not only the story of one of the world's greatest intelligence operators, but the sacrifices and courage required to confront fascism during a nation's darkest time.


  • | Author: Henry Hemming
  • | Publisher: Publicaffairs
  • | Publication Date: Sep 03, 2019
  • | Number of Pages: 384 pages
  • | Language: English
  • | Binding: Paperback
  • | ISBN-10: 1541724445
  • | ISBN-13: 9781541724440
Author:
Henry Hemming
Publisher:
Publicaffairs
Publication Date:
Sep 03, 2019
Number of pages:
384 pages
Language:
English
Binding:
Paperback
ISBN-10:
1541724445
ISBN-13:
9781541724440