- Mass Market Paperback: 10 pages
- Publisher: Dell; 1st edition (July 1, 1988)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0440201322
- ISBN-13: 978-0440201328
- Product Dimensions: 1 x 4.2 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #539,028 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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SpyCatcher: The Candid Autobiography of a Senior Intelligence Officer Mass Market Paperback – July 1, 1988
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Wright is undoubtedly a brilliant man, as are his colleagues (Wright describes how one of them does crossword puzzles completely in his head). Although the book opens with his retirement day, in which he shreds his diaries, he is somehow able to reconstruct the minutest details of operations that span his 20-year career with MI5, from the mid-50s to mid-70s, as well as critical pre-World War II events that he investigated for MI5. Wright is a radio engineer by training and original profession, and he joins MI5 as their first scientist in order to bring the benefits of technology to the agency. As MI5's top scientist, he is immediately charged with carrying out their most sensitive bugging and eavesdropping operations, which indoctrinates him into MI5's most secretive activities. Eventually, he leaves scientific advocacy behind to assume a role hunting down suspected Soviet spies within MI5 itself.
Although Wright has many successes, he is never able to fully prove his most shocking assertion, which is that Roger Hollis, the head of MI5 for many years (and Wright's superior), was a Soviet spy. The circumstantial evidence Wright presents, however, is very convincing.Read more ›
I am actually glad that I read other books such as "My Silent War," "The Philby Files," "Anthony Blunt," "Philby: The Long Road to Moscow," "Crown Jewels," etc. first, because by the time I read "Spycatcher," I was thoroughly familiar with the multifarious cast of characters. However, as much as I enjoyed the other espionage books, "Spycatcher" surpasses them in one respect: it gives details of tradecraft that are impossible in an account of Kim Philby or Anthony Blunt who, by necessity, had to keep silent about the finer particulars of their work in intelligence (whether Soviet or British). Peter Wright lets the reader peek over his shoulder as he installs sophisticated bugs behind convincing false doors at midnight. He also gives the reader a good chuckle when such operations go disastrously awry and floors collapse or cables are cut, and the work has to begin all over again.
The author also writes a wry account of brazen Russian agents importuning numerous passers-by in various London parks in an effort to "turn" them into Soviet assets, until the British police, at Wright's instigation, out-brazen the agents by threatening to arrest them for harassing Her Majesty's subjects.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Still after all these years an interesting book. Only two stars because---The condition of the book was suppose to be good but in fact was a bit of a mess, so won't buy from that... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Steam
I enjoyed 'Spycatcher.'
It is, first, acceptably written for a book of its kind, with a simple, easy-to-read narrative. Read more
Great book, a techno-thriller that can still be enjoyed today. It's amazing to think and read about the relationship between technology and espionage, even in pre-WWII Europe. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Mers91
An excellent read. I'm currently wading through the book "Betrayal" by Chapman Pinker in which that author collaborated and engaged in many discussions with Peter Wright... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Expressrune
I read this book when it was first published in America. This was a refresher course for me. When the Soviet Union dissolved, I believed that it was merely "an attack in a... Read morePublished 14 months ago by KROMAN
Not exactly what I expected, but I read and then shared with others.Published 15 months ago by Loretta J Snook
I suppose because Whitehall made such a big deal out of trying to thwart the publication that it was so popular at the time. It's has a monotonic delivery. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Kim