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    DescriptionKlop Ustinov was Britain's most ingenious secret agent, but he wasn't authorised to kill. Instead, he was authorised to tell tall tales, bemusing and beguiling his enemies into revealing their deepest, darkest secrets. From the Russian Revolution to the Cold War, he bluffed and tricked his way into the confidence of everyone from Soviet commissars to Gestapo Gruppenfuhrer. In Klop: Britain's Most Ingenious Secret Agent, journalist Peter Day brings to life a man descended from Russian aristocrats and Ethiopian princesses but who fancied himself the perfect Englishman. His codename was U35 but his better-known nickname 'Klop' meant 'bedbug', a name given to him by a very understanding wife on account of his extraordinary capacity to hop from one woman's bed to another in the service of the King. Frequenting the social gatherings of Europe in the guise of innocent bon viveur, he displayed a showman's talent for entertaining (a trait his son, the actor Peter Ustinov, undoubtedly inherited), holding a captive audience and all the while scavenging secrets from his unsuspecting companions. Klop was masterful at gathering truth by telling a story; this is his.

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    Britain's Most Ingenious Spy
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    By (author) Peter Day
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    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 352
    Width: 160 mm
    Height: 236 mm
    Thickness: 32 mm
    Weight: 620 g
    ISBN 13: 9781849546935
    ISBN 10: 1849546932

    BIC subject category V2: HBWQ
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JJH
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.4
    BIC E4L: WAR
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DBK
    BIC subject category V2: JPSH
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027100, POL036000
    BIC subject category V2: 3JJH, 1DBK
    DC23: 327.12092
    Thema V1.0: JPSH, NHWR7, NHWL
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    23 June 2014
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    Peter Day has forty years' experience in journalism, including more than a decade as a senior reporter and newsdesk executive for the Mail on Sunday. Since turning freelance he has specialised in archive research, breaking exclusive stories on politics, royalty, military history and espionage. His previous book, Franco's Friends, was published by Biteback in 2011.
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    "Day offers a vivid, richly researched and highly entertaining portrait of this most colourful of 20th-Century spooks." Christopher Hart, Sunday Times "4/5 for Day's readable narrative" The Telegraph "4/5 A fascinating behind-the-scenes account of World War II and the Cold War... Using anecdotes and first-hand accounts, it brings the palpable fear of wartime espionage to life - This thoroughly well-researched book is an excellent addition to the history of the Cold War and will fascinate anyone interested in real-life stories of secret agents, conspiracy, defectors, and top secret intelligence." Daily Express