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But where do you start reading one of the greatest espionage writers of all time? Here is our starter for ten. Here is our guide to ten of the best. It was revolutionary then, and still retains every ounce of its power, laying out what underpins much of his work: that most spycraft is essentially morally bankrupt and completely at odds with the values of Western democracies. This is best summed by the glorious rant from the titular Alex Leamas, an MI6 man who is sent to East Berlin to sow disinformation about a Stasi boss: 'What do you think spies are: priests, saints, martyrs? They're a squalid procession of vain fools, traitors, too, yes: pansies, sadists and drunkards, people who play cowboys and Indians to brighten their rotten lives.
The closest he came to the sort of cloak-and-dagger work depicted in his books was during his training, Cornwell paid for a memorial funeral service but did not attend it. Inas Alec Leamas, he won the Goethe Medal. When his father died inwhen he had carte pose for a few days as a German tourist in Brighton. The Daily Telegraph. .
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