Описание: Praised by Winston Churchill in his foreword as The Greatest War Story of All, Marthe McKenna s I Was a Spy is a vivid, breathtaking account of her life as an undercover British agent in the First World War. It is a classic of espionage writing and went on to become a major bestseller and inspired a Hollywood movie starring Madeleine Carroll. In these further memoirs entitled Spies I Knew, McKenna, known as codename Laura by the British Intelligence services, relates in simply yet dramatic form the breathtaking adventures of her fellow spies and herself. They were her devoted helpers and, though many were in on the secret of Laura s identity, no one betrayed her trust. For the first time is related how the network of Allied espionage in ravished Belgium was provoked by the brutality of the invading German hordes, and the enemy was duped into believing that the British Intelligence was in a state of inaction.But whether telling the breathless adventure of the wire at the frontier, or following the jolly yet tragic figure of Canteen Ma the cleverest spy of all, it is always in vivid pen pictures that she shows the burning faith of a gallant little band working for the day of deliverance with amazing courage."A thrilling narrative, bristling with hair-breadth escapes Evening Standard Mrs McKenna writes without a trace of sensationalism, but this very restraint renders more impressive the grim and dramatic episodes she relates As a contributions to the literature of the Secret Service, Spies I Knew deserves special praise. Sunday Times A first-rate book of its kind The Sphere"
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