Howard Blum’s Blog: News, Articles, Updates

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 her wartime...

“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. Its name...

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...

The Life of WWII Spy Betty Pack

Read more about Betty Pack's bravery, cunning, and sensual tactics in Howard Blum's The Last Goodnight: A World War II Story of Espionage, Adventure, and Betrayal (Harper, April 2016). Preorder now. The Life of WWII Spy Betty Pack April 29, 1930 ELIZABETH THORPE...

Publishers Weekly, The Last Goodnight

Read on Publishers Weekly: Passion fuels the missions of WWII secret agent “Cynthia,” aka Betty Pack (1910–1963), in this scrupulously researched profile of the “blonde Bond” from Vanity Fair contributing editor Blum (Dark Invasion). Taking advantage of access to...

Library Journal Review, The Last Goodnight

The Library Journal Review of The Last Goodnight. VERDICT Skillfully researched and entertainingly written, Blum’s narrative will appeal to both military buffs and those fascinated with the world of espionage. Journalist Blum (Dark Invasion) delivers a provocative...

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This