Ben MacIntyre Agent Sonya: From The Bestselling Author Of The Spy And The Traitor

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The incredible ture story of WW2's most extraordinary spy - from the bestselling author of The Spy and The Traitor

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.

About the Author

Ben Macintyre is the multimillion-copy bestselling author of books including Agent Zigzag, Operation Mincemeat and A Spy Among Friends. He is a columnist and Associate Editor at The Times, and has worked as the newspaper's correspondent in New York, Paris and Washington. He regularly presents BBC series based on his acclaimed books.

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'The best true spy story I have ever read. Thrilling ... Macintyre will have you hooked to her life's every twist and turn'
- Sunday Times Books of the Year

'Macintyre does true-life espionage better than anyone else. He has a remarkable ability to construct a narrative that is as taut and urgent as it is carefully nuanced.'
- Evening Standard

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

'This book is classic Ben Macintyre ... quirky human details enliven every page ... it is Macintyre's own vivid retelling of her perilous professional, personal and political life that makes Agent Sonya such an accessible spy story.'
- Spectator

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