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Spies in History & Literature

Historical spies and literary secret agents have much in common.

In the files below are insights into just how fact meets fiction – and when it doesn’t. Below are resources for those interested in the Mossad, what really happened during the McCarthy era, and how terrorism has been viewed in history and onscreen.

Spies have been used for many years to find people of interest to the government or other powerful groups of people or individuals. We will discuss these facts and falicies through interviews with authors and reviews of classic books, as well as suggestions for further reading.


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The Eli Cohen Files ~

►   Introduction, by Wes Britton

►   Part 1 – The Roots of Spies – PDF file

►   Part 2 – The Making of a Masterspy – PDF file

►   Part 3 – Capture, Trial, and Execution – PDF file

►   Part 4 – Aftermath, Legacy, and Appendices – PDF file

►   “Am I My Brother’s Keeper?”, by Maurice Cohen, as told to Carla Stockton

►   Hebrew Translation of Eli Cohen’s “Testimony” for the Mossad, Feb. 1957 – PDF file




The Mossad ~

►   The Mossad – An Annotated Directory of Online Sources and Print Articles – Posted at Spy Wise Blog

►   The Mossad and Israeli Intelligence on Screen – A Filmography – Posted at Spy Wise Blog

►   Before Munich – Black September on TV and Film – Posted at Spy Wise Blog




Talking With Experts and Writers ~

►   A Novelist who Hates Novels – Jonar Nader Unveils the Story Behind Z – PDF file

►   The Wave of the Future May be War Without End – Q&A with Novelist Duane De Mello – PDF file

►   Sleeper Agents Sure to Keep You Awake – Q&A with Novelist Michael Pennington – PDF file

►   Wes Britton’ís May 26, 2010, radio interview with Michael Pennington – Archived in the “Past Programs” section of Dave White Presents

►   A Spy Novelist By Nature – The Charles Cumming Interview – Posted at Spy Wise Blog

►   Jeremy Duns – Free Agent, by David Foster – PDF file

►   Inside the World Espionage Bureau – Q&A with WEB Creator Bill Raetz

►   T.H.E. Hill’s Voices Under Berlin – A Spy Novel That Breaks All the Molds

►   Wes Britton’s September 3, 2008, radio interview with T.H.E. Hill – Archived in the “Past Programs” section of Dave White Presents

►   “A Saint I Ain’t” – Q&A with Ian Dickerson of the Saint Club

►   “The Saint” in Fact and Fiction – An Interview with Historian and Novelist Burl Barer




The David S. Black Lectures ~

►   Introduction by Wesley Britton

►   The Winding Bumpy Road from Espionage to Intelligence – PDF file

►   Terrorism as an Intelligence Problem – PDF file




Spies in Fiction and Fact ~

►   A Decade in Review – The Best Spy Literature, 2001-2009, by Craig Arthur, Wesley Britton, Mark T. Hooker, Amanda Ohlke, Bill Raetz – PDF file

►   They Were Communists for the FBI – The Stories of Matt Cvetic and Herbert Philbrick

►   Defining Terrorism – A Short History of Fact, Fiction, and Film

►   Before Bond, Before Blofeld – The Roots of “Spy-Fi” – Posted at Spy Wise Blog




Book Reviews ~

►   William Johnson’s Thwarting Enemies at Home and Abroad – How to Be a Counter-Intelligence Officer – Posted at Spy Wise Blog

►   Jeremy Duns Goes Dark in Free Agent – Posted at Spy Wise Blog

►   Don DeLillo’s Libra – America’s Best Spy Novel? – Posted at Spy Wise Blog

►   Sisters of Mata Hari – Reviews of Books on Lady Spies – Posted at Spy Wise Blog

►   Free Spy Books Online – An Annotated Bibliography of E-Book Espionage – Posted at Spy Wise Blog

►   Review – Books on Civil War Spies – Posted at Spy Wise Blog




Book Reviews by Mark T. Hooker ~

►   An Emerging Trend in Spy Fiction – Retired James Bonds Become Ian Flemings

►   American “Insider” Spy Fiction in the Twenty-First Century – Gene Coyle’s Second Novel – PDF file

►   British “Insider” Spy Fiction in the Twenty-First Century – Alan Stripp’s Novel The Code Snatch

►   British “Insider” Spy Fiction in the Twenty-First Century – Dame Stella Rimington’s Novels

►   Spy Fiction à la Canadienne – The Novels of Adrian de Hoog




Wes Britton at Other Websites ~

►   Review – Koop Kooper, Licardo Prince: An Accidental Assassin – Posted at Book Pleasures

►   Review – Lynn M. Boughey and Peter Earnest, Harry Potter and the Art of Spying – Posted at Book Pleasures

►   Review – John Devalle, Waiting for the Deathbringer – Posted at Book Pleasures

►   Review – Andy Owen, Invective – Posted at Book Pleasures

►   Review – Alex Lukeman, White Jade (The Project Counter-Terrorism Series), Kindle edition – Posted at Book Pleasures

►   Review – Alex Lukeman, The Lance: A Novel – Posted at Book Pleasures

►   Review – Sapper, Bulldog Drummond, Unabridged audiobook edition – Posted at Book Pleasures

►   Review – Sapper, The Black Gang, Audiobook – Posted at Book Pleasures

►   Review – Sapper, The Third Round, Audiobook, unabridged – Posted at BlogCritics

►   Review – Nicholas Anderson, NOC: Non-Official Cover: British Secret Operations – Posted at Book Pleasures

►   Review – Peter Borchard, Relentless Pursuit – Posted at Book Pleasures

►   Review – Peter Borchard, Diamonds Are But Stone – Posted at Book Pleasures

►   Review – Preston Fleming, Dynamite Fisherman – Posted at Book Pleasures

►   Review – Preston Fleming, Bride of a Bygone War, Kindle edition – Posted at Book Pleasures

►   Review – Preston Fleming, Star Chamber Brotherhood – Posted at Book Pleasures

►   Review – Dave Pearson, Storm – Posted at Book Pleasures

►   Review – Roger E. Neetz, Embassy Intrigue – Posted at Book Pleasures

►   Espionage Around the Galaxy – The Spi-Fi of Harry Harrison – Posted at Leslie Charteris, under “Features”

►   Reel War vs. Real War – Wes Britton Reviews the New Book I Hear No Bugles – Posted at CinemaRetro