Agent Sonya: Lover, Mother, Soldier, Spy

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THE SUNDAY TIMES TOP TEN BESTSELLER

THE ULTIMATE GIFT FOR FANS OF THE BESTSELLING THE SPY AND THE TRAITOR: DISCOVER THE INCREDIBLE TRUE STORY OF WW2'S MOST EXTRAORDINARY SPY

'His best book yet' The Times


'Thrilling . . . Macintyre will have you hooked to her life's every twist and turn' Times / Sunday Times Books of the Year

'Macintyre has found a real-life heroine worthy of his gifts as John le Carré's nonfiction counterpart' New York Times

From planning an assassination attempt on Hitler in Switzerland, to spying on the Japanese in Manchuria, to preventing nuclear war (or so she believed) by stealing the science of atomic weaponry from Britain to give to Moscow, Ursula Kuczynski Burton conducted some of the most dangerous espionage operations of the twentieth century.

Born to a German Jewish family, as Ursula grew, so did the Nazis' power. A fanatical opponent of the fascism that ravaged her homeland, she was drawn to communism as a young woman, motivated by the promise of a fair and peaceful society. She eventually became a spymaster, saboteur, bomb-maker and secret agent.

In Agent Sonya, Britain's most acclaimed historian vividly reveals the fascinating tale of a life that would change the course of history. Classic Ben Macintyre - a gripping ride, based on meticulous research, that reads like a novel - this is the greatest spy story never told.

'This book is classic Ben Macintyre . . . quirky human details enliven every page' Clare Mulley, Spectator

'Spins gloriously through one of the most extraordinary private lives of the twentieth century' Tony Rennell, Daily Mail Book of the Week

'She is the strongest character of all in Macintyre's bestselling series of wartime tales . . . I raced through the pages to keep up with the plot' Julian Glover, Evening Standard

'This impeccably researched account of her double life spans continents and is brilliantly compelling' Sunday Mirror

Languages

English

File Size

19381 KB

Page Count

386 pages

Publication Date

17 September 2020

Customer Reviews

1-5 of 3 reviews

  • Kim Wingerei

    Stalin’s “Agent Sonya”
    Agent Sonya was a real spy who literary changed the course of history through dedication, bravery and a bit of luck along her most amazing life journey. From Germany to China to Switzerland to England and back again, her story makes for better reading than any spy novel ever could. Because it is all true.Well researched and very well written, Ben Macintyre has done a remarkable job of bringing both Sonya the spy and Ursula her alter ego to life.

    December 8, 2021
  • Ian E. Minter

    Easy reading.
    Once again, Ben Macintyre writes non-fiction and it reads like a gripping work of fiction. Sonya was a fascinating woman and her motives made sense until, well, they didn’t…There was a time when fascism seemed to be taking over the world and I can understand why communism appeared to be a more palatable alternative in the 1930s. Of course, what we had in WW2 was two equally ruthless dictators, representing the worst of the far left and far right, neither of whom deserved to succeed.This book skillfully demonstrates that a blinkered perspective can have far reaching consequences and how just one individual can potentially change the course of the world.I can’t wait for the next Ben Macintyre book.

    December 8, 2021
  • Marg Peace

    Very little new material.
    I read The Spy and The Traitor by Ben MacIntyre and loved it so I was keen to read Agent Sonya. Once again, the author has turned historical non-fiction into an amazingly exciting read. I can’t put his books down. They are a fantastic achievement.

    December 8, 2021

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