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Harry Chapman Pincher is regarded as one of the finest investigative reporters of the twentieth century. Over the course of a glittering six-decade career, he became notorious as a relentless investigator of spies and their secret trade, proving to be a constant thorn in the side of the establishment. So influential was he that Prime Minister Harold Macmillan once asked, Can nothing be done to suppress Mr Chapman Pincher?
It is for his sensational 1981 book, Their Trade is Treachery, that he is perhaps best known. In this extraordinary volume he dissected the Soviet Union's infiltration of the western world and helped unmask the Cambridge Five. He also outlined his suspicions that former MI5 chief Roger Hollis was in fact a super spy at the heart of a ring of double agents poisoning the secret intelligence service from within.
However, the Hollis revelation was just one of the book's many astounding coups. Its impact at the time was immense and highly controversial, sending ripples through the British intelligence and political landscapes. Never before had any writer penetrated so deeply and authoritatively into this world and few have since.
Available now for the first time in thirty years, this eye-opening volume is an incomparable and definitive account of the thrilling nature of Cold War espionage and treachery.
The best collection of military, espionage, and adventure stories ever told.The Dialogue Espionage Classics series began in 2010 with the purpose of bringing back classic out-of-print spy stories that should never be forgotten. From the Great War to the Cold War, from the French Resistance to the Cambridge Five, from Special Operations to Bletchley Park, this fascinating spy history series includes some of the best military, espionage and adventure stories ever told.
Inhaltsangabe: Journalist Harry Chapman Pincher is an emblem of the Cold War who earned his colours as defence correspondent for the Daily Express. Over the course of a glittering six-decade career, he became notorious as a relentless investigator into spies and their secret trade, becoming a constant thorn in the side of the establishment and making as many enemies as friends. So influential was he that, in 1950, Prime Minister Harold Macmillan asked of him, 'Can nothing be done to suppress or get rid of Chapman Pincher?'. It is for his sensational 1981 book, Their Trade is Treachery, which he is perhaps best known. In this extraordinary volume he dissected the whole of the Soviet penetration of the western world during the twentieth century, helped unmask the Cambridge Five, and outlined his suspicions that former MI5 chief Peter Hollis was a Soviet super-spy at the heart of a ring of double-agents, poisoning the Secret Intelligence Service from within. The book forced Margaret Thatcher to reveal from the despatch box that Hollis had twice been subjected to official investigations. However, the Hollis revelation obscured the truly sensational nature of this book: that Chapman Pincher secured the most authentic, first-hand accounts of the workings of espionage and counter-espionage published during the Cold War. No writer had ever before penetrated so deeply and authoritatively into this world. Its impact at the time was immense and highly controversial, sending ripples throughout the British intelligence and political landscapes. As a document of those exciting and frightening times Their Trade is Treachery is incomparable.
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