Graham Green is well-known for his spy novels such as "The Third Man" and "Our Man In Havana" among others, teamed with his brother Hugh, who was a remarkable journalist, to compile this collectioon of works about the mysteries of the world of espionage. Written in 1957 and long out of print, this book brings back the haydays of James Bond when spies were in the news. There are essays, memoirs and short stories that tell their tales through the eyes of the men and women who were there during and after World War II. Essays by William Blake, D. H. Lawrence, and Thomas Mann who were all thought to have been spies at one time or another during their careers, and fiction by Joseph Conrad, Rudyard Kipling, Eric Ambler, and (of course) Ian Fleming. This is a book that is sure to delight fans of spy novels of all kinds. It's filled with tradecraft and jargon, and lots of distinctly British humor.
Rainbo Electronic Reviews published this review in our September, 2008 issue.
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