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Papa Spy: Love, Faith, and Betrayal in Wartime Spain

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A true story of espionage with a plot worthy of John le Carré.

With the declaration of war in 1939, dashing young publisher, Tom Burns, left his business for the Ministry of Information, the propaganda arm of the British secret services, and found himself in Madrid as press attaché at the British embassy. Spurred on by his deep love of Spain, he threw himself into the propaganda war against the Nazis, who broadcast freely to the Spanish press. Spain was officially “nonbelligerent” during the war. But nonbelligerent doesnt mean unimportant: Spain held Gibraltar, and so controlled the western Mediterranean. Germany desperately wanted Gibraltar and the Mediterranean for itself, and it was the responsibility of Tom Burns and the rest of the British Ministry of Information to do everything in their power to keep that from happening.

Executing that simple objective became complicated as Burns found he was making enemies in England, not least among them Kim Philby and members of MI 6. In Papa Spy, Jimmy Burns tells the extraordinary story of how his father overcame the odds, helped carry out the decoy plot called “The Man Who Never Was,” arranged what turned out to be actor Leslie Howards fatal propaganda trip to Portugal and Spain, and remained true to his faith while loyally serving his country.

Synopsis:

Burns tells the extraordinary story of his father's exploits as a British propagandist in Spain during World War II, remaining true to his faith while loyally serving his country.

About the Author

Jimmy Burns writes for the Financial Times. Among his previous books are The Land That Lost Its Heroes (Somerset Maugham nonfiction prize, 1987), Hand of God: The Life of Diego Maradona, and Barça: A Peoples Passion.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780802717962
Subtitle:
Love, Faith, and Betrayal in Wartime Spain
Author:
Burns, Jimmy
Publisher:
Walker & Company
Subject:
Europe - Spain & Portugal
Subject:
Military - World War II
Subject:
Military - Intelligence/Espionage
Subject:
General History
Subject:
Europe/Spain
Subject:
Portugal
Subject:
Military-World War II General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20091222
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Europe » Great Britain » General History
History and Social Science » Europe » Spain and Portugal » Spain
History and Social Science » Military » Espionage
History and Social Science » Military » World War II » Europe » General
History and Social Science » Military » World War II » General
History and Social Science » World History » England » General
History and Social Science » World History » Spain

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