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The Ingenious Mr. Pyke ─ Inventor, Fugitive, Spy
  • The Ingenious Mr. Pyke ─ Inventor, Fugitive, Spy

  • ISBN13:9781610395779
  • 出版社:Perseus Books Group
  • 作者:Henry Hemming
  • 裝訂/頁數:精裝/544頁
  • 規格:23.5cm*15.6cm (高/寬)
  • 出版日:2015/05/05
定  價:NT$945元
優惠價: 79747

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This is the extraordinary story of Geoffrey Pyke, an inventor, war reporter, escaped prisoner, campaigner, father, educator--and all-around misunderstood genius. In his day, he was described as one of the world's great minds, to rank alongside Einstein, yet he remains virtually unknown today. Pyke was an unlikely hero of both world wars and, among many other things, is seen today as the father of the U.S. Special Forces. He changed the landscape of British pre-school education, earned a fortune on the stock market, wrote a bestseller and in 1942 convinced Winston Churchill to build an aircraft carrier out of reinforced ice. He escaped from a German WWI prison camp, devised an ingenious plan to help the Republicans in the Spanish Civil War, and launched a private attempt to avert the outbreak of the Second World War by sending into Nazi Germany a group of pollsters disguised as golfers.

Despite his brilliance, Pyke ultimately could not find peace, committing suicide in 1948. Yet the full scope of his story remained secret even after his death: in 2009, MI5 released a mass of material suggesting that Pyke was in fact a senior official in the Soviet Comintern. In 1951 papers relating to Pyke were found in the flat of "Cambridge Spy' Guy Burgess after his defection to Moscow. MI5 had "watchers" follow Pyke through the bombed-out streets of London, his letters were opened and listening devices picked up clues to his real identity. Convinced he was a Soviet agent codenamed Professor P, MI5 helped to bring his career to an end. It is only now, more than sixty years after his death, that Geoffrey Pyke's astonishing story can be told in full.The Ingenious Mr. Pyke is a many-faceted account of this enigmatic man’s genius, and reveals him as one of the great innovators of the last century.
Henry Hemming is the author of four works of non-fiction Together, In Search of the English Eccentric, Misadventure in the Middle East and a monograph on the artist Abdulnasser Gharem and has co-authored the visual booksEdge of Arabia and Offscreen.

He has written for The Sunday Times, Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, The Times, The Economist, FT Magazine andThe Washington Post and has given interviews on Radio 4's Today Programme and NBC's Today Show and spoken at schools, festivals and companies including RDF Media, The RSA, Science Museum, Frontline Club, The School of Life, Port Eliot Literary Festival and Canvas8, where he is a Thought Leader.

He lives in London with his wife and daughter.

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