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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; Reprint edition (August 26, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553385909
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553385908
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,012,085 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“A charming curiosity….[The Spy's Bedside Book] serves not simply as a companion to espionage fiction, but as a kind of spy's how-to, right down to tips on secreting messages in boiled eggs and how to disguise maps in diagrams of butterfly wings (thanks to Sir Robert Baden-Powell, who actually did that).”—Los Angeles Times

“This compendium of memoir, fiction, aphorism and historical accounts of espionage through the centuries is the literary equivalent of a triple agent at a dead drop: You never know what you'll get, but it's always intriguing.”–News & Observer, Raleigh“

Many of the early masters of spy fiction—from John Buchan to Ian Fleming—are represented in this quirky anthology, along with surprise guests, including W.H. Auden and Colette.”—Wall Street Journal

About the Author

Graham Greene was born in 1904. While at Balliol College, Oxford, he published his first book of verse. He continues to write throughout his lifetime, and is the author of The Third Man, Our Man in Havana, The Quiet American, and The End of the Affair, in addition to many other novels, short story collections, plays, essays, travel books, and film scripts. During World War II he served with the British Secret Intelligence Service. He died in 1991.

Hugh Greene was born in 1910. He came to prominence as a journalist when he was made a chief correspondent in Nazi Berlin. During World War II he served in the RAF. Greene went on to join the BBC and was made Director-General in 1960. He died in 1987.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Peter Carey on October 12, 2011
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I go back and re-read this book all the time. The book is a sampler of excerpts from some of the greatest spy novelists of all time. Many of whom I had not heard of. Of course I read John Buchan's " 39 Steps " when I was a boy, but I had never heard of William Le Queux, who is featured several times. However it's edited by Graham Greene, who should know quality when he reads it. His " Our Man in Havana " is a beautiful tongue-in-cheek spy novel. I highly recommend this spy sampler, it is very entertaining.
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21 of 28 people found the following review helpful By E. K. Stackler on September 14, 2009
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Very misleading package. There's a brief Graham Greene story, plus a miscellany of unorganized, sometimes fragmentary, and rarely interesting ephemera from writers you've never heard of. It's almost surely not what you're thinking it is. I'd pass.
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Mostly brief excerpts from pre-1960 spy novels and real-life spy chronicles. They share a kind of innocence about that trade that we lost after 1963, when The Spy Who Came in from the Cold appeared and destroyed any remaining illusions about the glamour of a trade plied in labyrinths of betrayal.
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