Agent M: The Lives and Spies of MI5’s Maxwell Knight

Agent M: The Lives and Spies of MI5's Maxwell Knight Author Henry Hemming
ISBN-10 1610396847
ISBN-13 9781610396844
Year 2017-05-09
Pages 384
Language English
Publisher PublicAffairs
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Spying is the art of knowing who to trust and who to betrayMaxwell Knight was perhaps the greatest spymaster in history rumored to be the real life inspiration for the James Bond character M 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

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