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    DescriptionBest-selling author James Morton tells the story of organized espionage in Britain from spy fever early in the 20th century to the end of the First World War and the rise of air intelligence. He introduces us to a world of colorful characters and dark underhand dealing in which spies, male and female, driven by love, money, patriotism or a mix of all of them, struggled to survive. The first English officer spies are featured alongside their frequently flamboyant French, Belgium and German counterparts - from the hunchback dentist Wilhelm Klauer to the 'Grande (and lesser) horizontales' such as Mata Hari. So too are their controllers such as authors John Buchan and Somerset Maugham and men like Richard Tinsley who oversaw a network of some 2000 spies from Holland. As professionalism grew great successes emerged - not least the deciphering of the intercepted Zimmerman telegram - along with notable failures. Morton tackles both in a meticulously researched narrative that balances the history of espionage with the human stories of individuals and tales of heroism with cowardice, incompetence and betrayal.

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    Spies of the First World War
    Under Cover for King and Kaiser
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) James Morton
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 272
    Width: 156 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 29 mm
    Weight: 608 g
    ISBN 13: 9781905615469
    ISBN 10: 1905615469

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15500
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.4
    BIC E4L: WAR
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1D
    BIC subject category V2: HBLW, HBJD
    B&T Merchandise Category: TXT
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    BIC subject category V2: JPSH
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 05
    BIC subject category V2: HBWN
    BISAC V2.8: HIS015000
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Abridged Dewey: 941
    Ingram Subject Code: HM
    Libri: I-HM
    LC classification: DA
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/PREWWI
    BISAC V2.8: TRU001000, HIS027090
    BIC subject category V2: 1D
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 355.343209409041
    LC subject heading: ,
    DC22: 940.48673
    Thema V1.0: JPSH, NHWR5, NHD
    Illustrations note
    35 duotone illustrations
    Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
    Imprint name
    The National Archives
    Publication date
    17 May 2010
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    James Morton is author of The Krays in The National Archives 'Crime Archives' series and has written many successful books on organised crime including Sex Crimes and Misdemeanours, Gangland and Lola Montez. He was previously a defence solicitor.
    Review quote
    Spies of the First World War by James Morton For anyone interested in history of the 20th century, this book is well documented and fascinating. It sometimes reads like a novel and some of the events and stories are difficult to believe. Many people were involved in the theatrics behind the scenes which led to and drove World War I, and brave citizens put their lives at risk all over Europe to obtain secret information and pass it along to whichever side they trusted and believed in. You'll enjoy and learn from this book, so very well written and fascinating. Read of what happened a century ago and wonder if things are really much different today
    Table of contents
    Part One - 1. The early spy novels and Germans in England 2. The formation of MI5 and MI6 3. Pre- First World War German spies in England and abroad 4. Pre-First World War British and other spies abroad Part Two - 5. German spies 6. The spymasters - English, French and German 7.Codes and code breakers Part Three - 8. Shot in the tower 1914-1916 9. The spy survivors 10. Women spies 1. German spies in Europe, America and India during the war 12. After the war was over.