1. 70 years ago today, the Allies invaded North Africa. Meet the spy writer who made sure Hitler didn’t see it coming, in Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Tina Rosenberg’s D for Deception. 

    70 years ago today, the Allies invaded North Africa. Meet the spy writer who made sure Hitler didn’t see it coming, in Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Tina Rosenberg’s D for Deception

  2. As readable as a John le Carré

    — (What readers are saying about D for Deception.)

  3. “Britain is the Enemy. France by comparison is an honourable foe.”
To win World War II, British spy Dennis Wheatley had to think like a Nazi. 

    “Britain is the Enemy. France by comparison is an honourable foe.”

    To win World War II, British spy Dennis Wheatley had to think like a Nazi. 

  4. 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. 

    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

  5. 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

    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

  6. 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.
Available on Kindle, Nook, iBooks and the Atavist app. 

    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 battlefieldand changed the course of history.

    Available on Kindle, Nook, iBooks and the Atavist app

  7. Dennis Wheatley’s spy novels thrilled wartime Britain. His real-life espionage lured Hitler to defeat.

    Dennis Wheatley’s spy novels thrilled wartime Britain. His real-life espionage lured Hitler to defeat.

  8. theatlantic:

The Man Who Won Normandy

By the time Franco consolidated his control of a unified Spain, Juan Pujol knew how to lie. He knew how to hide. He knew how to flee and connive and take measure of the men he encountered. He saw firsthand the cruelties of both the communists and the fascists. He had faced death and survived. In other words, he realized there was more to him than he thought possible. And when a conflict more terrible than civil war began to brew, the former deserter felt the call for service. In his own words when reflecting on Hitler: “I had the idea that this man was a demon, a man who could completely destroy humanity.” The only question was how the poultry salesman might best serve the effort. As it turned out, the very skills that kept him out of one war would make him a decisive force in another.
He became a spy. Not in the submit-a-résumé-and-wait kind of way, but rather, he simply decided that he was a spy and that was that.
Read more. [Image: The U.S. Army/Flickr]


Coming Soon: Our own World War II espionage tale!

    theatlantic:

    The Man Who Won Normandy

    By the time Franco consolidated his control of a unified Spain, Juan Pujol knew how to lie. He knew how to hide. He knew how to flee and connive and take measure of the men he encountered. He saw firsthand the cruelties of both the communists and the fascists. He had faced death and survived. In other words, he realized there was more to him than he thought possible. And when a conflict more terrible than civil war began to brew, the former deserter felt the call for service. In his own words when reflecting on Hitler: “I had the idea that this man was a demon, a man who could completely destroy humanity.” The only question was how the poultry salesman might best serve the effort. As it turned out, the very skills that kept him out of one war would make him a decisive force in another.

    He became a spy. Not in the submit-a-résumé-and-wait kind of way, but rather, he simply decided that he was a spy and that was that.

    Read more. [Image: The U.S. Army/Flickr]

    Coming Soon: Our own World War II espionage tale!