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The Irregulars: Roald Dahl and the British Spy Ring in Wartime Washington

 
 
Author
Jennet Conant.
Publisher Simon & Schuster  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.25 x 1.2 inches
ISBN 9780743294584
Pages/Publication Date 393/2008
Daedalus Item Code 13935
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In a history as thrilling as spy fiction, the author of Tuxedo Park and A Covert Affair tells how beloved children's author Roald Dahl was once employed as a British agent in Washington during World War II. A dashing young RAF pilot wounded in action, Dahl took up a post at the British Embassy in Washington in 1942 and was ordered to use his wit and considerable charm to gain access to the most powerful political figures in America and influence U.S. policy in favor of England. Jennet Conant follows Dahl's conversion from reluctant diplomat to sly man-about-town, being controlled by Churchill's spy chief William Stephenson while rubbing shoulders with the Roosevelts, crossing paths with Ernest Hemingway, and seducing Congresswoman Clare Boothe Luce.

"What could be more intriguing than the young writer Roald Dahl—destined to create such classics as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory—assigned by His Majesty's Government to Washington, D.C., as a diplomat in the spring of 1942, charged with a secret mission? ... As bestselling author Conant shows in her eloquent narrative, Dahl's intriguing coconspirators included future advertising legend David Ogilvy and future spy novelist Ian Fleming. Most fascinating, though, is Dahl's relationship with the great British spymaster William Stephenson, otherwise known as Intrepid. This all boils down to a thoroughly engrossing story, one Conant tells exceptionally well."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

 
 
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