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Those people who were betrayed were not innocent people. They were no better nor worse than I am. It''s all part of the intelligence world. If the man who turned me in came to my house today, I''d invite him to sit down and have a cup of tea. George Blake is one of the last remaining spies of the Cold War, having acted as a double agent for the Soviet Union whilst acting as a Senior Officer in the British Intelligence Service. He is also one of the least known, the most unrepentant, and whose actions had some of the most devastating consequences for Britain. In 1961, Blake was sentenced to forty-two years imprisonment for betraying to the KGB all of the Western operations in which he was involved, and the names of hundreds of British agents working behind the Iron Curtain. This was the longest sentence for espionage ever to have been handed down by a British court. On the surface, Blake was a charming, intelligent and engaging man, and most importantly, a seemingly committed patriot. Underneath, a ruthlessly efficient mole and key player in the infamous ''Berlin Tunnel'' operation. This illuminating biography tracks Blake from humble beginnings as a teenage courier for the Dutch underground during the Second World War, to the sensational prison-break from Wormwood Scrubs that inspired Hitchcock to write screenplay. Through a combination of personal interviews, research and unique access to Stasi records, journalist Simon Kuper unravels who Blake truly was, what he was capable of, and why he did it.
Les mystères du football enfin expliqués (de façon décalée).
Journaliste au Financial Times, Simon Kuper a une connaissance sans égale de la personnalité des plus grandes stars du football mondial, qu'il a pu rencontrer à de nombreuses reprises. Cela lui a permis de réaliser le portrait de ces hommes au destin exceptionnel en se focalisant sur ce qui a fait d'eux ce qu'ils sont (origines, contexte familial, rencontres). Certains portraits se fondent sur des interviews, d'autres sur des rencontres approfondies. Ils révèlent tous à leur manière quelque chose d'inattendu sur qui sont ces superstars.