A thoroughly readable book about a character whose life truly was stranger than fiction. A great read even if you are not a fan of War-time histories or intelligence/espionage stories. Macintyre describes a complex, talented, and unconventional person with compassion and clarity. He avoids over-analyzing the personality -- no armchair psychoanalysis -- and simply tells the story, letting the reader muse on the motivations and demons. Macintyre has a knack for finding unusual and compelling slices of history, which he offers to us with infectious curiosity and enthusiasm. Reading one Macintyre book will, inevitably, lead the reader to another.
Agent Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. I haven't been knocked out that quickly since an operation on my foot required general anesthesia. I'm sure for someone this will be a great book, it's just too "textbook-y" for me.