Papa Spy

Papa Spy

Love, Faith and Betrayal in Wartime Spain

Book - 2010 | 1st U.S. ed.
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A true story of espionage with a plot worthy of John le Carr#65533;.

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 attach#65533; 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 doesn't 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 Howard's fatal propaganda trip to Portugal and Spain, and remained true to his faith while loyally serving his country.

Publisher: New York : Walker & Co., 2010.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9780802717962
Branch Call Number: BIO BURNS BURNS
Characteristics: xix, 395 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm.


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