By John Le Carré
The epic "New York Times" bestseller through the grasp of foreign intrigue spans the lives of 2 pals from the riot-torn West Berlin of the Nineteen Sixties to the dirty looking-glass of chilly battle Europe to the current day of terrorism and new alliances.
Le Carre's eloquent indignation at what he sees as a duplicitous conflict in Iraq and the devious capacity hired to tarnish those that oppose it truly is changed into a fictional account of 2 former spies attempting to do correct in a post-Cold conflict global.
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Armed with such fabricated evidence, Edmonds urged the War Office to convene a conference with the Home Office to discuss the issue of foreign espionage. 54 But the Secretary for War, Haldane, was reluctant to convene a subcommittee to inquire into German espionage. Initially, Haldane dismissed Edmonds’ ‘evidence’ as ridiculous, mocking him that, far from uncovering German spies, Edmonds had unearthed the apparatus of the white-slave traffic. But Edmonds stuck to his guns, although his tales continued to amuse rather than unsettle his superiors.
25 A massive advertising campaign boosted the series. On one occasion, a long file of veterans in spiked helmets and Prussian-blue uniforms solemnly paraded down Oxford Street in London, carrying sandwich boards advertising Le Queux’s latest masterpiece. 26 The story and the publicity campaign hammered in stereotypes later used so effectively in Allied propaganda during the First World War. In the popular mind, despicable Huns became Britain’s main enemy. 29 Besides a desire to cash in on the invasion scare, Le Queux, like Chesney before him, attempted to demonstrate how national idleness and an underdeveloped British army were bound to lead to disaster.
Le Queux was initially unable to find a newspaper to publish his tales. One editor responded to his solicitation quite reasonably that ‘We cannot publish this! Spies exist only in your imagination. C. Thomson, owner of the Weekly News and a personal friend of Le Queux’s, agreed to serialize the stories in his paper. ’ The answers were sent to the paper’s ‘Spy Editor’, a position especially established for this purpose. The ‘Spy Editor’ was inundated with letters on activities of German spies. He forwarded them to Le Queux, who wove them into his stories.