The Anatomy of a Traitor: A History of Espionage and Betrayal

Author(s): Michael Smith


What makes someone betray their country, their friends, everything they have been brought up to value? This book will focus on the critical moment in a spy's life: that split-second when they decide to embrace a double life; to cheat and hide and hurt; to risk disgrace - even death - without any guarantee of being rewarded or even recognised. Each chapter will centre on a different spy, following the path they took that lead, finally, to their treachery. Were they propelled by personal convictions? Blackmailed and left without a choice? Too desperate for money to think about the consequences? It will offer a compelling psychological portrait of these men and women, homing unerringly on the fault-lines and shady corners of their characters, their weaknesses and their strengths, the lies they tell other people, and the lies they always end up telling themselves.


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MICHAEL SMITH is an award-winning journalist and the author of a number of bestselling books on spies, special forces and codebreaking. Formerly a member of the British Army's Intelligence Corps before joining the BBC, he has been a reporter and defence.

General Fields

  • : 9781781316573
  • : Aurum Press Ltd
  • : Aurum Press Ltd
  • : April 2017
  • : 234mm X 153mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : March 2017
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Michael Smith
  • : Hardback
  • : Apr-17
  • : 327.1209
  • : 320