Ace of Spies: The True Story of Sidney Reilly by Andrew Cook

By Andrew Cook

Ace of Spies finds for the 1st time the genuine tale of Sidney Reilly, the real-life proposal at the back of fictional hero James Bond. Andrew Cook's startling biography cuts in the course of the myths to inform the whole tale of the best secret agent the area has ever recognized. Sidney Reilly inspired global heritage via acts of amazing braveness and sheer audacity. He used to be a grasp secret agent, a super con guy, a charmer, a cad and a cute rogue who lived on his wits and thrived on chance, utilizing girls shamelessly and killing the place priceless - an pointless. Sidney Reilly is among the such a lot attention-grabbing spies of the 20th century, but he is still the most enigmatic - in the past.

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