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The one-man spy factory who changed history

A review of Jason Webster’s The Spy with 29 Names: The Story of the Second World War’s Most Audacious Double Agent. Few spies made a bigger difference to the course of the Second World War than Juan Pujol, aka Agent Garbo

5 April 2014

9:00 AM

5 April 2014

9:00 AM

The Spy with 29 Names: The Story of the Second World War’s Most Audacious Double Agent Jason Webster

Chatto, pp.322, £16.99, ISBN: 9780701187743

With two new biographies of Kim Philby out, an espionage drama by Sir David Hare on BBC2, and the recent revelation that the aristocrat superspy John Bingham was the model for George Smiley, there is little doubt that Britain is currently going through one of its fitful bouts of spy fever, and this book can only add to the excitement.

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