This 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.
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We ' ve had information that a man called Constantine Andreadi is on his way
from Constantinople with certain documents that we want to get hold of . He ' s a
Greek . He ' s an agent of Enver Pasha and Enver has great confidence in him .
She called herself Rose Auburn , but what her real name was few knew . She
had gone to Piiris originally as one of a troupe of dincers , called the Gl : d Girls ,
who performed it the Moulin Rouge , but her astonishing beauty hird soon
But there was another person on whom Ashenden bad fixed as possibly useful to
him and now he said : ' Have you ever heard of a woman called Anastasia
Alexandrovna Leonidov ? She ' s the daughter of Alexander Denisiev . ' ' I know