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A Spy's London (Paperback)

Maritime London

By Roy Berkeley
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 363
ISBN: 9781473827202
Published: 19th November 2014

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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 book

Paul 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 entertaining

Brian Crozier, in The Salisbury Review

Cloak and dagger buffs now have their own guide….a fine new perspective on a favourite City

finetravel.com

Well researched, clearly presented

American Intelligence Journal

Confirms London as the spookiest city in the world

Building Design- London

A great gift

Elizabeth Bancroft, in The Intelligencer

Informal, chatty….some surprising places

Travel Books Worldwide

Likely to bring on a heart attack if read by an elderly British secret service officer

M.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 fun

Robert Scott Milne, in Travelwriter Marketletter

An important contribution to our understanding of intellegence and suppliment the Venona document in a number of important ways

Herbert Romerstein, in Human Events

A super book, good reading even when not in London

Hayden B. Peake, in World Intelligence Review

A riveting tour de force

Arnaud de Borchgrave, author of The Spike

About Roy Berkeley

Roy Berkeley (1935-2009) wrote fiction under 14 pseudonyms, A Spy's London is the only book under his own name. Born in Washington, D.C., he received his B.A. from Columbia College, in New York City, and did graduate work in history there. He was a celebrated folk singer, a newspaper editor, a photojournalist, and a teacher of American history through folk music, giving courses or single performances in many venues, also doing European tours under sponsorship if the U.S. Information Agency. He served in an intelligence agency in his twenties, and later (after moving to Vermont) was a deputy Sheriff and a member of the state's Fish & Wildlife Board. He was married for 43 years to his loving wife Ellen.

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