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The Irregulars

Nonfiction: Military History / World War II
Unabridged   11.5 hour(s)
Publication date: 09/09/2008

The Irregulars

Roald Dahl and the British Spy Ring in Wartime Washington

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Audio CD ISBN:9781598876932
Digital Download ISBN:9781598877670


The rollicking true story of British spies who shaped American policy during WWII, based on never-before-seen wartime letters, diaries, and interviews.

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Prior to the U.S. entering WWII, a small coterie of British spies in Washington, D.C., was formed. They called themselves the Baker Street Irregulars after the band of street urchins who were the eyes and ears of Sherlock Holmes in some Arthur Conan Doyle stories. This group constituted the very beginning of what would become MI6, the British version of the CIA, and they helped support the fledgling American intelligence service, known at the time as the OSS. Among them were writers Roald Dahl, Ian Fleming, and the flamboyant Canadian industrialist turned professional saboteur William Stephenson, known by the code name "Intrepid," upon whom Fleming would later base his fictional MI6 agent James Bond. Richly detailed and carefully researched, Conant's narrative uses never-before-seen wartime letters, diaries, and interviews to create a fascinating, lively account of deceit, double dealing, and moral ambiguity—all in the name of victory.


“. . . reads like a classic spy novel. . . . With this excellent history of personalities and politics during World War II, Conant adds successfully to her previous books that have made vivid the war's background players. Highly recommended.”
      —Library Journal

“A thoroughly engrossing story, one Conant tells exceptionally well. [starred review]”
      —Publishers Weekly

“A fascinating glimpse of the intrigue and spying inside the British-American alliance in wartime Washington.”
      —Ben Bradlee

Author Bio

JENNET CONANT is a journalist who has written profiles for Vanity Fair, Esquire, GQ, Newsweek, and The New York Times.  She is the author of the bestselling Tuxedo Park and 109 East Palace. Conant lives in New York City and Sag Harbor, New York.

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