Agent M

Agent M

The Lives and Spies of MI5's Maxwell Knight

Book - 2017
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The fascinating, improbable true story of Maxwell Knight--the great MI5 spymaster and inspiration for the James Bond character M.
Maxwell Knight was perhaps the greatest spymaster in history. He did more than anyone in his era to combat the rising threat of fascism in Britain during World War II, in spite of his own history inside this movement. He was also truly eccentric--a thrice-married jazz aficionado who kept a menagerie of exotic pets--and almost totally unqualified for espionage.
Yet he had a gift for turning practically anyone into a fearless secret agent. Knight's work revolutionized British intelligence, pioneering the use of female agents, among other accomplishments. In telling Knight's remarkable story, Agent M also reveals for the first time in print the names and stories of some of the men and women recruited by Knight, on behalf of MI5, who were asked to infiltrate the country's most dangerous political organizations.
Drawing on a vast array of original sources, Agent M reveals not only the story of one of the world's greatest intelligence operators, but the sacrifices and courage required to confront fascism during a nation's darkest time.
Publisher: New York :, PublicAffairs,, [2017]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781610396844
Branch Call Number: 327.1241 Knigh -H
Characteristics: xi, 354 pages : illustrations


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Jan 02, 2018

Do you want to celebrate a fascist? If so, this is a book for you. The subject of this text is presented more as a celebrity to be praised and wondered at, rather than the dubious character he actually was. Research for the text has unearth previously unknown names of a few British intelligence agents that may be of interest to those highly knowledgeable of the history it portrays, but this will be of little interest to most of us. I was not enthralled by the celebratory narrative on the life of a British fascist who was a buddy of Lord Haw-Haw.

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