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ANATOMY OF A SPY: A History of Espionage and Betrayal
Bibliophile price: £4.50
Money, patriotism, sexual relationships, adventurers, fantasists and psychopaths, either taking revenge or doing the right thing is the topic of this intelligence book by the award-winning BBC journalist. In his compelling investigation, Smith explores the critical moment in a spy's life - that split-second decision to embrace a double life, to cheat and hurt and hide, to risk disgrace, even death, without any guarantee of being rewarded or even recognised. Each chapter centres on a number of different spies and follows the path they led 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? With his in-depth insider knowledge, 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 whistleblower, to offer compelling psychological portraits of these men and women. He hones in on the fault-lines and shady corners of their characters, their weaknesses and strengths, the lies they tell other people, and the lies they always end up telling themselves. Very useful glossary, a wide-ranging underhand look at modern history and political machinations. 320pp, softback.

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