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secret agent: espionage no longer a game

…The ideological conspirator role was not, of course, strictly new. A striking example from World War I was Sidney Reilly, the Russia-born SIS agent who after the Bolshevik revolution organized a series of insurrectionary plots against the new regime and … Continue reading

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ustinov: everybody’s talkin’

…Peter Ustinov’s first three plays were produced while he was in military service during World War Two. House of Regents, a story of Russian exiles, reached the stage largely because James Agate, the waspish but influential critic of the Sunday … Continue reading

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Ustinov in the army: not combat ready.

…At nineteen Ustinov got a job at The Player’s Theatre, doing a comic skit called The Bishop of Limpopoland, which dealt with an Anglican bishop who had been to Africa so long that he couldn’t imagine anyone not being able … Continue reading

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politically sophisticated thrillers

by Jesse Marinoff Reyes ( Jesse Marinoff Reyes Design, Maplewood, N.J.) … Eric Ambler (1909-1998)! British writer Ambler is widely regarded—with Somerset Maugham and Graham Greene—as one of the pioneers of the politically sophisticated (especially espionage) thriller. Ambler published 19 … Continue reading

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