One imagines that MI5 was busy during World War II. But not too busy, it would seem, to take the time to investigate Agatha Christie. Why?
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The Atavist teamed up with Radio Cabaret for an unforgettable evening of music, theater and storytelling with D For Deception author Tina Rosenberg. This video shows just a few moments from the performance, which was followed by a lively discussion between Rosenberg and FBI historian Tim Weiner.
A page from Dennis Wheatley’s little black book.
What could those check marks next to those women’s names mean? The spy novelist was once Britain’s “Prince of Thriller Writers.” Today, though nearly forgotten, his talent for tall tales helped win World War II. His swashbuckling, debonair spy hero Gregory Sallust lives on in James Bond. Get the full story, by Pulitzer prize winner Tina Rosenberg, on the platform of your choice.
Sallust. Gregory Sallust.
Before there was James Bond, there was Gregory Sallust. Dennis Wheatley’s ruthless spy became active almost two decades before Ian Fleming published his first book. Daring, debonair, and ruthless, over the course of seven novels Sallust infiltrates the German military and saves Europe from Hitler. Wheatley stepped into the pages of his own fiction when he became a deception planner in Churchill’s bunker, channeling his flair for narrative into elaborate feints for the enemy, providing a path to victory for the Allies. Read all about it in our latest story, D for Deception.
Illustration by Camille Rogine
Before Ian Fleming, there was Dennis Wheatley. A best-selling spy novelist at the outset of World War II, Wheatley became a master of deception for Great Britain, turning pulp fiction fantasies into real-life espionage. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tina Rosenberg tells the amazing true story of one man who applied the plots of his own novels to the battlefield—and changed the course of history.