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In 'this remarkable book' (as intelligence historian Nigel West describes it in his Foreword), the reader will be struck by the vibrancy of history made real. Author Roy Berkeley has gone behind the facades of ordinary buildings, in the city that West calls 'the espionage capital of the World', to remind us that the history of intelligence has often been made in such mundane places. With his evocative photographs and compelling observations, Berkeley ensures that we will never see the streets of London - or these particular actors on the stage of history - in quite the same way again.
The 136 sites are organised into 21 manageable walks. Among the sites: the modest hotel suite where an eager Red Army colonel poured out his secrets to a team of British and American intelligence officers; the royal residence where one of the most slippery Soviet moles was at home for years; the London home where an MP plotting to appease Hitler was arrested on his front steps in 1940.
This is not just a fascinating read, with all of the twists and turns and betrayals that may be expected of spying, it is a very original guide book that sets out a series of London walks. This is a book that should appeal to a very wide audience because the subject is one that generates considerable interest, rivalled only by fictional detectives. This may have been done many times for battlefields but never before to expose the murky world of spies which often achieved more than a bloody battle in a foreign field.FIRE Reviews
A wonderful bookPaul Diggett
The author invites you to speculate on many intriguing stories surrounding names from the past that many will recognise.Pennant
Engagingly written….as far as one can judge, accurate as well as entertainingBrian Crozier, in The Salisbury Review
Cloak and dagger buffs now have their own guide….a fine new perspective on a favourite Cityfinetravel.com
Well researched, clearly presentedAmerican Intelligence Journal
Confirms London as the spookiest city in the worldBuilding Design- London
A great giftElizabeth Bancroft, in The Intelligencer
Informal, chatty….some surprising placesTravel Books Worldwide
Likely to bring on a heart attack if read by an elderly British secret service officerM.R.D Foot, in Intelligence and International Security
Fascinating, well-organised, perceptive, informed….if you're going to London, take this book with you; if not, read it for funRobert Scott Milne, in Travelwriter Marketletter
An important contribution to our understanding of intellegence and suppliment the Venona document in a number of important waysHerbert Romerstein, in Human Events
A super book, good reading even when not in LondonHayden B. Peake, in World Intelligence Review
A riveting tour de forceArnaud de Borchgrave, author of The Spike