Agent M: The Lives and Spies of MI5's Maxwell Knight

Agent M: The Lives and Spies of MI5's Maxwell Knight

Spying is the art of knowing who to trust-and who to betray.Maxwell Knight was perhaps the greatest spymaster in history, rumored to be the real-life inspiration for the James Bond character "M." He did more than anyone in his era to combat the rising threat of fascism in Britain during World War II, in spite of his own history inside this movement. He was also truly eccen...

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Title:Agent M: The Lives and Spies of MI5's Maxwell Knight
Author:Henry Hemming
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ISBN:1610396847
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:320 pages

Agent M: The Lives and Spies of MI5's Maxwell Knight Reviews

  • Adina
    May 23, 2017
    I requested this biography from Netgalley on a moment impulse and I do not regret it one bit. I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed learning about the Maxwell Knight and of his agentsFull Disclosure: I do not read a lot of non-fiction in general and this was my first Historical Biography in ...
  • Kristine
    May 12, 2017
    Agent M by Henry Hemming is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in early May.Maxwell Knight is an M15 spymaster in the UK with a collection of covert operatives that report to him on international intelligence. It all seemed to begin around 1923 with World War I military officers and people involved ...
  • Gianna
    May 15, 2017
    M is a great insight into the lives of Maxwell Knight and his network of spies during the turbulent 30s and 40s. Really well researched and written, it is a very good book for anyone interested in the ins and outs of the spionage world and the Facist and Communist movements before and during WWII.M ...
  • Greville Waterman
    Apr 27, 2017
    This was an unexpected treat. A beautifully written and forensically researched account of on of M15's great spymasters, Maxwell Knight. He was a wonderful British eccentric and true polymath who also became a noted writer and broadcaster and an animal collector.He overcame a mixed, confused and con...
  • Moray Teale
    May 18, 2017
    I received a free advance copy of this work through netgalley and Random House UK in return for an honest, unbiased review)Henry Hemming presents a unique portrait of the man reputed to be part of the inspiration for the famous "M" in Ian Fleming's James Bond. Charles Henry Maxwell Knight began as a...
  • Bettie☯
    Apr 30, 2017
    Seven British spies uncovered in new biography of real-life M Guardian review...
  • Emma
    May 04, 2017
    4.5 starsWritten with the kind of flair to which espionage thriller writers aspire, this entertaining and well researched investigation in to 'M' Maxwell Knight opens up the world of an MI5 spymaster. After reading the book, I'm not convinced by the appellation 'greatest' given in connection to the ...
  • Susan
    May 29, 2017
    Maxwell Knight was twenty three in 1923, a young man who was talent spotted at a meeting of the British Empire Union. The son of a spendthrift father, Knight had been given an allowance by his Uncle Robert. However, his uncle was less than forgiving of Knight’s life at that point and cut off hi...
  • John Kaye
    May 18, 2017
    A delightful read. Great research, nicely paced. I thoroughly enjoyed his previous work on Geoffrey Pyke, and this book is in the same mould, but with a more important character. Clearly, in one sense the material on the man, with so many of his colleagues and contemporaries gone, is tin, but by and...
  • Rick
    May 27, 2017
    Well-written book, based on lots of research; fascinating biography of a major spymaster in UL's MI5....