The Irregulars: Roald Dahl and the British Spy Ring in Wartime Washington


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Simon & Schuster
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5.58 X 8.42 X 1.02 inches | 0.84 pounds

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About the Author

Jennet Conant is a journalist who has written profiles for Vanity Fair, Esquire, GQ, Newsweek, and The New York Times. She is the author of the bestselling Tuxedo Park and 109 East Palace. Conant lives in New York City and Sag Harbor, New York, with her husband and son.


"A fascinating glimpse of the intrigue and spying inside the British-American alliance in wartime Washington." -- Ben Bradlee
"Jennet Conant's new book is pure pleasure. Immensely intelligent and entertaining, with a narrative so strongly fashioned it reads, and compels, like the best fiction. All the complexities of friends spying on friends, yet as good a weekend companion as you'll find this year." -- Alan Furst, author of The Spies of Warsaw
"With grace and insight and an unerring eye for the telling human detail, Jennet Conant has given us an entertaining and enlightening account of a long-forgotten but essential chapter of the Second World War: the British espionage operations based in Washington during those epic days. By recovering Roald Dahl, the man at the center of seemingly everything, and placing him and his shadowy work in historical context, Conant has shed fresh light on the complexities and contradictions of the 'special relationship' between Roosevelt and Churchill and their nations. This is a terrific tale -- and it's all true, proving anew that history trumps even the most vivid fiction." -- Jon Meacham, author of Franklin and Winston: An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship