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A Holiday Gift Guide for Espionage Fans

It’s the season of giving and that means you’re probably looking to buy the perfect gift for all the important people in your life. Here’s a list of must-haves that any espionage buff is bound to love.   The Last Goodnight: A World War II Story of Espionage, Adventure...

A Holiday Gift Guide for History Buffs

The holiday season is upon us and that means lots of family time, warm nights snuggled by the fire, and that joyful annual struggle to try to find just the right gift for all the people in your life. Here’s a fool-proof list of must-have for hard-to-shop-for...

How Betty Pack Used Seduction to Gain Confidential Intel

How did Betty Pack, code name “Cynthia,” become the “unsung heroine of World War 2”? Thanks to Betty’s extensive journaling and records, Howard Blum makes readers feel like a fly on her Polish lover’s wall. Jennifer Lawrence is...

The Unsung Heroine of World War Two: Betty Pack

Betty Pack, born Elizabeth Thorpe, codename “Cynthia,” unquestionably aided the Allies toward victory in World War II through her work in espionage for the British MI6 and the American OSS. She was called, “the greatest unsung heroine of the war,” by...

“The Room” — FDR and Vincent Astor’s WWII Espionage

“The Room” in New York City An excerpt from The Last Goodnight: A World War II Story of Espionage, Adventure, and Betrayal by Howard Blum. “The Room” was a small, very select club, a secret society of rich and powerful men who liked to play at being spies....

The Train to Warsaw: An Excerpt From The Last Goodnight

“I will tell you something,” the count said to Betty as they sat together a few days later in the seclusion of a first class compartment on the train taking them back to Warsaw. “I know we are going to part, you and I. And one day I feel we will meet as enemies.”...

Bestselling Romance and Adventure Set In World War II

The pages of The Last Goodnight: A World War II Story of Espionage, Adventure, and Betrayal—new on April 12th from New York Times bestselling author Howard Blum—tell the incredible story of Elizabeth Thorpe, a stunning young woman from a wealthy American family....

World War II’s Best Kept Secret

While brave men fought and died on the front lines of Europe, another type of warfare was taking place behind the scenes during World War II. This other type of battle, often hidden deep behind enemy lines, was a war of secrets, lies, deceit, and even seduction. It...

Truth in Espionage: Howard Blum on Writing and Researching Spies

While researching The Last Goodnight, I sat down to talk with a CIA official. I had come with the hope of picking the scholar’s brain about Betty Pack, the British and American secret agent who had done so much to help the Allies win World War II. I told him I planned...

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