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This fascinating book contains probably the most expert stories of espionage ever written. For a period of time after it was first published, the ...Show synopsisThis fascinating book contains probably the most expert stories of espionage ever written. For a period of time after it was first published, the book became official required reading for persons entering the British Secret Service. During World War I, Maugham enlisted with an ambulance unit, but was soon shifted to the Intelligence Department. Although these stories were based on the author's own experiences as a British agent during the war, he emphasized that they were written purely as entertainment, at which, indeed, Ashenden succeeds. Maugham's clarity of style, the perfection of his form, the subtlety of his thought, veiled thinly behind a worldly cynicism, has made him an international figure.Hide synopsis
Description:Good. A good paperback. Worn with creased cover, reading crease...Good. A good paperback. Worn with creased cover, reading crease, Wear at spine ends. Bright. New Avon Library 24 (no number on book). Book store stamp on 1st page.
Description:Good. No dust jacket as issued. VG- 1943 paperback edition from...Good. No dust jacket as issued. VG- 1943 paperback edition from Avon (not numbered, but their 24th book). VERY GOOD MINUS. Uncredited wrap-around cover art.
Description:Mass Market Paperback-Meets or exceeds the guidelines for GOOD...Mass Market Paperback-Meets or exceeds the guidelines for GOOD condition. May have minimal wear or damage; may have previous owner's signature.
ALLEGEDLY THIS BOOK HAD A "SLIGHTLY WORN DUST JACKET IN GOOD CONDITION". IT WAS FALLING APART. LITERALLY. I WAS VERY DISAPPOINTED BY THE CONDITION. BROKER SHOULD HAVE BEEN HONEST. I WOULD HAVE PAID MORE FOR A DUST JACKET THAT WAS ACTUALLY IN GOOD CONDITION. THE CONTENT OF THE BOOK IS EXCELLENT--ANOTHER ...
Historically this is an interesting book, being one of the first spy novels, and based in some measure on Maugham's own World War I experiences. He also was involved in an interesting but failed attempt to shore up the Kerensky republic before the rise of the Soviets. Maugham used much of this book ...
Fans of James Bond probably will not like this, as there are no hot women, fast cars, bombs, or gunfire. But it is much more realistic than Bond, and the writing is outstanding. My husband and I were particularly charmed by bits such as "These men were even stupider than he thought; but Ashenden had ...
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