Book Launch: ANATOMY OF A SPY by Michael Smith

The History Press, 2019

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 number of different spies, following the path they took that led, 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 a spy inside ISIS, President Trump’s links with Russia and Edward Snowden’s role as a whistle-blower, 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.

Learn about: Trump and Russia; The President’s ‘Sixteen Words’ and the Intelligence on Iraq; the Fifth Man in the Cambridge Spy Ring John Cairncross; FBI Special Agent Richard W. Miller; Indian spy Coomar Narain; Paul Fidrmuc; Mandel Goldfinger; Boris Bazhanov; Halina Szymanska and more.

Nigel West: “A fascinating study of betrayal, the foibles and compulsions that motivated so many traitors to betray their countries and compromise classified information. Definitely an essential handbook for the layman as well as the molehunter and counter-intelligence professional.”

Andy McNab: “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.”

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Michael Smith
Michael Smith

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.

Deal News: INSIDE ALLENWOOD – MONEY, MOBSTERS & ENRON – THE STORY OF A BRITISH BANKER BEHIND BARS by Giles Darby

Giles Darby (with George Harrison) will tell his story in INSIDE ALLENWOOD: MONEY, MOBSTERS & ENRON – THE STORY OF A BRITISH BANKER BEHIND BARS, the memoir of a British banker jailed in 2008 for his involvement in a $7M fraud against his employer, NatWest, caught up in the Enron scandal.

The author and his codefendants became the subject of extensive media coverage when the U.S. government demanded their extradition.

Darby served the first part of his sentence in Allenwood, Pennsylvania, where he was jailed alongside mobsters, drug lords, and gangsters, before finishing his sentence in the U.K.

For publication in the summer of 2020 by Quiller Books.

A Personal Tribute to Dan Proops

It is with deep sadness to hear the news that our writer and friend Dan Proops tragically passed away this week.

Dan lived to write. His dedication to his craft was immense and his debut novel A LETTER FROM SARAH was published this past March to much critical and reader acclaim. Dan had so much more to publish and looked set to enjoy a long writing career, which makes this loss even harder to accept.

Dan was sweet, sensitive and loved collaborating as well, never too precious and eager to move on to the next challenge. In his trademark leather motorcycle jacket, he was a fixture at the Groucho Club and was an immensely popular figure in the writing community.

Taken too soon, we have lost one of the good guys and I am proud to have had the opportunity to work with and know Dan. Our thoughts are with his family and loved ones at this most difficult time.

Rest in Peace.

Tom J. Cull

 

Deal News: IAN FLEMING’S WAR – THE INSPIRATION FOR 007 by Mark Simmons

Former Royal Marine and Commando Mark Simmons‘s IAN FLEMING’S WAR: THE INSPIRATION FOR 007, examines the work of Ian Fleming in Naval Intelligence and a myriad of characters and events, many stranger than fiction, that influenced his writing.

UK & Commonwealth rights were sold to The History Press for publication in August 2020 with a foreword by Anthony Horowitz.

Mark comes from a family with a long tradition of service in the Royal Navy and Royal Marines. He served in 3 Commando Brigade, and with the Commando Logistics Regiment. With the Regiment he took part in the Belize emergency of 1977, and served on detached duties with 42 Commando, the Mountain & Arctic Warfare Cadre, and 36 MAU of the United States Marines.

He is the author of several books including Agent Cicero: Hitler’s Most Successful Spy (2014, The History Press) and most recently Ian Fleming and Operation Golden Eye: Keeping Spain out of World War II (2018, Casemate).

Deal News: ENGLAND IN THE AGE OF CHARLES DICKENS by Jeremy Black MBE

The first in a series of three books that provide a history of England from the perspective of a set of important and popular fictional writings. The emphasis will be on contextualising the writings, and on describing England in part from their perspective. Charles Dickens, Arthur Conan-Doyle (via Sherlock Holmes), and Agatha Christie (via Hercule Poirot) will be the writers.

The first book will also be released in the UK by Amberley Publishing Publishing in early 2021.

Jeremy Black is Professor of History at the University of Exeter and a prolific lecturer and writer, with over 100 books to his name and the most sustained presentation of British history in recent decades. His interests include military history, British politics, newspaper and cartographic history, and international relations.

‘He puts complex issues regarding British and English identity, patriotism, ethnicity and nationhood into their proper historical context, and makes them perfectly comprehensible.’

– Andrew Roberts, author of ‘Churchill: Walking with Destiny’

Jeremy’s most recent works include: English Nationalism: A Short History (Hurst, 2019), A Brief History of Spain (Robinson, 2019) and A Brief History of Italy (Robinson, 2018).