Home » Spymaster: The Secret Life of Kendrick by Helen Fry
Spymaster: The Secret Life of Kendrick Helen Fry

Spymaster: The Secret Life of Kendrick

Helen Fry

Published
ISBN :
Kindle Edition
528 pages
Enter the sum

 About the Book 

Spymaster charts the extraordinary life of Thomas Joseph Kendrick, one of Britain’s most senior spymasters in Europe during the 1920s and 1930s. Placed at the heart of Europe’s espionage hub – the city of Vienna – he ran a wide network of spiesMoreSpymaster charts the extraordinary life of Thomas Joseph Kendrick, one of Britain’s most senior spymasters in Europe during the 1920s and 1930s. Placed at the heart of Europe’s espionage hub – the city of Vienna – he ran a wide network of spies tracking Communists and Russian spies. He crossed paths with Kim Philby and Edith Tudor-Hart, figures that would emerge later to rock the core of MI6. But, was everything as it has always appeared with Philby? After Hitler’s annexation of Austria in March 1938, Kendrick struggled to get any intelligence back to the Head of MI6. Swamped by a human catastrophe of enormous proportions, he and his staff spent up to 12 hours a day trying to get Jews out of Austria. They saved thousands of lives. But another dangerous game was at foot. Dubbed “the elusive Englishman”, Kendrick’s real name eluded the Abwehr until a double agent finally denounced him. His arrest by the Gestapo caused panic in Whitehall and MI6 circles. After his release, he disappeared from public view but not from the ranks of the British Secret Service… He re-emerged as the spymaster chief against Nazi Germany.Spymaster: The Secret Life of Kendrick is a story of betrayal, steely nerve and daring. It honours a gentleman who has been largely forgotten and yet is still revered in MI6 circles today. Out of the shadows of MI6 secrecy, his full story emerges for the very first time.‘The spies in history who can say from their graves, the information I supplied to my masters, for better or worse, altered the history of our planet, can be counted on the fingers of one hand.’ Frederick Forsyth‘Had it not been for the information obtained at these centres [Kendricks WW2 unit], it could have been London and not Hiroshima which was devastated by the first atomic bomb,’ St Clare Grondona