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Ben Macintyre

Biography

Ben Macintyre

Ben Macintyre is writer-at-large and associate editor of the Timesof London. He is the author of AGENT ZIGZAG, THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING, THE ENGLISHMAN'S DAUGHTER, THE NAPOLEON OF CRIME and FORGOTTEN FATHERLAND. He lives in London with his wife, the novelist Kate Muir, and their three children.

Ben Macintyre

Books by Ben Macintyre

by Ben Macintyre - Biography, Espionage, History, Memoir, Military, True Crime, World History

The son of two KGB agents and the product of the best Soviet institutions, the savvy, sophisticated Oleg Gordievsky grew to see his nation's communism as both criminal and philistine. He took his first posting for Russian intelligence in 1968 and eventually became the Soviet Union's top man in London, but from 1973 on he was secretly working for MI6. For nearly a decade, as the Cold War reached its twilight, Gordievsky helped the West turn the tables on the KGB, exposing Russian spies and helping to foil countless intelligence plots, as the Soviet leadership grew increasingly paranoid at the United States's nuclear first-strike capabilities and brought the world closer to the brink of war. Desperate to keep the circle of trust close, MI6 never revealed Gordievsky's name to its counterparts in the CIA, which in turn grew obsessed with figuring out the identity of Britain's obviously top-level source.

by Ben Macintyre - History, Nonfiction

Britain’s Special Air Service was the brainchild of David Stirling, a young, gadabout aristocrat whose aimlessness in early life belied a remarkable strategic mind. Where most of his colleagues looked at a battlefield map of World War II’s African theater and saw a protracted struggle with Rommel’s desert forces, Stirling saw an opportunity: given a small number of elite, well-trained men, he could parachute behind enemy lines and sabotage their airplanes and war material. Paired with his constitutional opposite, the disciplined martinet Jock Lewes, Stirling assembled a revolutionary fighting force that would upend not just the balance of the war, but the nature of combat itself.

by Ben Macintyre - History, Nonfiction

Kim Philby’s story is not a tale of one spy, but of three: Philby, his fellow Englishman Nicholas Elliott, and the American James Jesus Angleton. These men supposedly served the same cause, but Philby was channeling all of their confidences to his Soviet handlers. As the web of suspicion closed around him, Elliott and Angleton never abandoned him. When the truth was revealed, it would have profound consequences on those who thought they knew him best.

by Ben Macintyre - History, Nonfiction

In AGENT ZIGZAG and OPERATION MINCEMEAT, Ben Macintyre told the dazzling true stories of a remarkable World War II double agent and of how the Allies employed a corpse to fool the Nazis and assure a decisive victory. In DOUBLE CROSS, Macintyre returns with the untold story of the grand final deception of the war and of the extraordinary spies who achieved it.