The Resource A spy called Cynthia : and a life in intelligence, Anonymous

A spy called Cynthia : and a life in intelligence, Anonymous

Label
A spy called Cynthia : and a life in intelligence
Title
A spy called Cynthia
Title remainder
and a life in intelligence
Statement of responsibility
Anonymous
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Ashamed? Not in the least: my superiors told me that the results of my work saved thousands of British and American lives. It involved situations from which 'respectable' women draw back - but mine was total commitment. Wars are not won by respectable methods." Elisabeth Thorpe, code-named Cynthia, was a glamorous American recruited by MI6 to obtain intelligence from the Polish Foreign Ministry, then from the Italian and Vichy French Embassies in Washington. Her method was to seduce whatever targets could provide her with vital intelligence, a practice in which she hardly ever failed, enabling her to secure first the Italian then the Vichy French naval codes. In the landings in North Africa, she was credited with having saved the lives of many Allied soldiers. This unique account by a British spymaster of his relationship with her, of his subsequent involvement with Philby and the Cambridge spies and dealings with his counterparts in the CIA and French intelligence, was entrusted by him to a junior colleague on the basis that it was not to be published until everyone in it was dead. Necessarily anonymous and impossible fully to verify, most of it undoubtedly did happen and is part of the historical record, providing a special insight into the world of intelligence and one of its greatest practitioners, Cynthia
Biography type
individual biography
Dewey number
940.5486
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Brousse, Amy Elizabeth Thorpe
  • Great Britain
  • Spies
  • Intelligence officers
  • Women spies
  • Women intelligence officers
  • Espionage, British
  • Intelligence service
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • World War, 1939-1945
Label
A spy called Cynthia : and a life in intelligence, Anonymous
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Author is anonymous
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
viii, 160 pages
Isbn
9781785907128
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Specific material designation
regular print
Label
A spy called Cynthia : and a life in intelligence, Anonymous
Publication
Note
Author is anonymous
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
viii, 160 pages
Isbn
9781785907128
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Specific material designation
regular print

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