Special Bulletin: Review of ‘Agent Sonya’

On December 8, the Journal of Intelligence and National Security published on-line my review of Ben Macintyre’s ‘Agent Sonya’, and it may be seen at https://www.tandfonline.com/action/showAxaArticles?journalCode=fint20 . Those readers who have institutional access to the Journal may read the whole article there: for others, since the terms of the Agreement entitle me to re-publish the review on my personal website, I present it here.


Filed under Espionage/Intelligence, General History, Personal, Politics

3 Responses to Special Bulletin: Review of ‘Agent Sonya’

  1. Richard LEARIE

    I studied your review with great pleasure after reading the load of superficial baloney we have been getting from national newspapers whose reviewers were doing the same job as you, but much worse. Of course they were writing to a different readership but I suppose that ignorance is bliss. I think you have clearly busted BM by pointing out his unwillingness to tackle some espionage issues.
    Nevertheless, Agent Sonya is a fabulous read (as are his other books) and I feel lucky that I can enjoy the two genres.
    As usual we do not agree on the Hollis angle, but I was pleased you put forward both views before jumping on the wrong horse! Hope your antipodean correspondent also whips you again for this.

  2. coldspur

    Thanks, Richard. Yes, ‘AS’ is a rattling good read, but perhaps belongs more in the Historical Fiction department than in Biography. . .

    Hollis, eh? Yes, time we got back to him. I shall be exploring a critical segment of his career in January.

  3. First time here, another antipodean I’m afraid. Will certainly be back, a good solid and well thought out page. I have quite a few notes on Hollis and the 1944 to 1950 events in Australia and happy to share what I have with sources.

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