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The Indian Spy: The True Story of the Most Remarkable Secret Agent of World War II

 
Mihir Bose (Author)
Synopsis

Bhagat Ram Talwar, a Hindu Pathan from the Northwest Frontier Province of British India, was the only quintuple spy of World War II, spying for Britain, Italy, Germany, Japan and the USSR. His exploits and the people he worked with were truly remarkable. His spying missions saw him walk back and forth 24 times from Peshawar to Kabul eluding capture and certain death. He fooled the Germans so successfully that they gave him £ 2.5 million, in today’s money, and awarded him the Iron Cross. His British spymaster was Peter Fleming, the brother of Ian Fleming, creator of James Bond. Fleming, operating from the gardens of the Viceroy’s House in wartime Delhi, gave him the code name Silver. Talwar became a spy after he helped Subhas Chandra Bose escape India via Kabul. Bose was seeking help from Germany and Japan to free India and never discovered that Talwar was betraying him to the British. Talwar settled in UP after India won independence; he died of natural causes in 1983.

Based on research in previously classified files of the Indian, British, Russian and other governments, The Indian Spy tells for the first time the full story of the most extraordinary agent of World War II.

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About the author

Mihir Bose

Mihir Bose was born in 1947, just before Indian independence, and grew up in Bombay. He went to England in 1969 to study and qualified as a chartered accountant. Almost immediately he took to his first love of journalism and writing. He has written for all the major newspapers in Britain, including the Sunday Times for twenty years and the Daily Telegraph since 1995. Having concentrated on business journalism in his early years he now specialises in investigative sports reporting, particularly the growing field of sports business and politics. He has won several awards for his newspaper writings, including Business Columnist of the Year, Sports Reporter of the Year and Sports Story of the Year. His History of Indian Cricket was the first book by an Indian writer to win the prestigious Cricket Society Literary Award in 1990. His study of sports and apartheid Sporting Colours was runner-up in the 1994 William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award. He has so far written twenty-one books ranging from histories and biographies to books on business, cricket and football. He lives with his wife in west London.

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Bibliographic information

Title The Indian Spy: The True Story of the Most Remarkable Secret Agent of World War II
Author Mihir Bose
Format Softcover
Date published: 31.12.2017
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Aleph Book Company
Language: English
isbn 9789386021588
length 368p.
Subjects Biography