Spies: The British Secret Service during World War II

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On September 25, 2008 at the Central Library, Jennet Conant discussed her new book, titled The Irregulars: Roald Dahl and the British Spy Ring in Wartime Washington. Explore Conant’s earlier books surrounding American involvement in World War II, learn more about author and spy Roald Dahl through his own memoirs, or pick up a title about British intelligence during wartime.

Books by Jennet Conant | About Roald Dahl | British Intelligence during World War II

Books by Jennet Conant

The Irregulars book jacket

The Irregulars: Roald Dahl and the British Spy Ring in Wartime Washington
By Jennet Conant
Prior to the U.S. entering World War II, a small coterie of British spies in Washington, D.C., was formed. Richly detailed and carefully researched, Conant creates a fascinating, lively account of deceit, double dealing, and moral ambiguity – all in the name of victory.

109 East Palace: Robert Oppenheimer and the Secret City of Los Alamos
By Jennet Conant
Conant tells the story of those thousands who came to a secret desert Shangri La, located 35 miles outside Sante Fe, New Mexico, where the world's leading physicists raced to invent the atomic bomb and bring World War II to an end.

Tuxedo Park: A Wall Street Tycoon and the Secret Palace of Science That Changed the Course of World War II
By Jennet Conant
This book profiles the little-known story of Alfred Loomis, a wealthy eccentric who bankrolled pioneering research into the radar detection system and the atomic bomb.

About Roald Dahl

Going Solo book jacket

Boy: Tales of Childhood
By Roald Dahl
Dahl tells the story of his adventures and misadventures as a child: his involvement in the Great Mouse Plot of 1924; his first automobile ride, in which he nearly lost his nose; his many canings by Headmasters; and his vacations at home in Wales with his big family.

Going Solo
By Roald Dahl
This second part of Dahl's memoirs, picks up where Boy left off. From escapades in East Africa to fighter pilot missions during World War II, Dahl's life story is gripping, moving, and unforgettable.

British Intelligence during World War II

Selling War book jacket

Selling War: The British Propaganda Campaign against American "Neutrality" in World War II
By Nicholas John Cull
A fascinating story of how a foreign country promoted America's involvement in its greatest war, Selling War will appeal to all those interested in the modern cultural and political history of Britain and the United States.

Desperate Deception: British Covert Operations in the United States, 1939-44
By Thomas Mahl
This book details the faked documents, seduced Senators, planted press stories, and rigged opinion polls that helped change the course of World War II.

A Life in Secrets: Vera Atkins and the Missing Agents of WWII
By Sarah Helm
Once rumored to have been the inspiration for Ian Fleming's Miss Moneypenny, Vera Atkins climbed her way to the top in Special Operations Executive, or SOE, Britain's secret service created to help the resistance efforts in Nazi-occupied countries. Drawing on recently released government files and access to family papers, Helm vividly reconstructs a complex and extraordinary life.

Churchill and Secret Service
By David Stafford
With absorbing detail about the secret world of agents and double agents, this work traces Churchill's connections with the world of intelligence, from his days as a member of the Cabinet that established the Secret Service to the war years.

The Women Who Lived For Danger: The Agents of the Special Operations Executive
By Marcus Binney
Historian Marcus Binney recounts the story of ten remarkable women – some famous, some virtually unknown – recruited to work behind enemy lines as secret agents during WWII.

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