Books by Ben Macintyre

Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"A rollicking tale of 'unparalleled bravery and ingenuity, interspersed with moments of rank incompetence, raw brutality and touching human frailty.'"
An "authorized" but not "official" or "comprehensive" history of Britain's swashbuckling Special Air Service. Read full book review >
Released: July 29, 2014

"Gripping and as well-crafted as an episode of Smiley's People, full of cynical inevitability, secrets, lashings of whiskey and corpses."
A tale of espionage, alcoholism, bad manners and the chivalrous code of spies—the real world of James Bond, that is, as played out by clerks and not superheroes. Read full book review >
DOUBLE CROSS by Ben Macintyre
Released: July 31, 2012

"Invisible ink, double-agent homing pigeons and a Hollywood double for Gen. Monty—nicely woven tales of stealth, brashness and derring-do."
Newly declassified intelligence files flesh out the intricately interwoven network of World War II spies who formed the Double Cross British espionage system. Read full book review >
Released: May 4, 2010

"Macintyre spins a terrific yarn, full of details gleaned from painstaking detective work."
The exciting story of the ingenious British ruse that distracted the Nazis from the Allied Sicilian invasion. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 9, 2007

"One of the great true spy stories of World War II, vividly rendered."
A preternaturally talented liar and pretty good safecracker becomes a "spy prodigy" working concurrently for Britain's MI5 and the Nazi's Abwehr. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 2004

"Fascinating—and most entertaining—from start to finish."
An intriguing historical footnote teased into epic. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Wrapped in well-researched history and presented in exemplary prose, this elegy of a lost time recalls the verse of Wilfred Owen and Rupert Brooke. (2 maps, 8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A small tale extracted from the annals of the "War to End All Wars," by historical biographer Macintyre (The Napoleon of Crime, 1997, etc.), proves powerful and evocative. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"A delightful Victorian tale of colorful miscreants and dissembling rogues, told in engaging style. (8 pages photos, not seen) (Book-of-the-Month Club/Quality Paperback Book Club selection)"
The very model of a major Victorian criminal—indeed, the original of Sherlock Holmes's nemesis, Professor Moriarty—is the subject of a true crime tale by Macintyre, Paris bureau chief for the Times of London (Forgotten Fatherland, 1992). Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Lurid and delightful: Rider Haggard couldn't ask for more. (Thirty-two b&w photos.)"
A mad curiosity carries an apparently sane young man to a lost German colony in Paraguay. Read full book review >