In the Hoover Institution Archives at Stanford University, Service’s main source of new material, he has uncovered possibly the most preposterously named intelligence officer of the early twentieth century, Monsieur Faux-pas Bidet…Isn’t that “of the early twentieth century” an extraordinary qualification – surely this man was the most preposterously named intelligence officer, if not person, of all time?
Monday, April 2, 2012
Nom du jour
In the Dec/Jan issue of the Literary Review Christopher Andrew, professor of modern and contemporary history at Corpus Christ College, Cambridge, reviews Robert Service’s new book Spies and Commissars: Bolshevik Russia and the West. He reports that: