The ingenious Mr. Pyke: inventor, fugitive, spy

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In the World War II era, Geoffrey Pyke was described as one of the world's great minds-to rank alongside Einstein. Pyke was an inventor, adventurer, polymath, and unlikely hero of both world wars. He earned a fortune on the stock market, founded an influential pre-school, wrote a bestseller, and came up with the idea for the US and Canadian Special Forces. In 1942, he convinced Winston Churchill to build an aircraft carrier out of reinforced ice. Pyke 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. And he may have been a Russian spy. In 2009, long after Pyke's death, 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. Henry Hemming is the first reporter to sift through this extraordinary new information and finally tell Pyke's astonishing story in full: his brilliance, his flaws, and his life of adventures, ideas, and secrets.
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title_display The ingenious Mr. Pyke : inventor, fugitive, spy
title_full The Ingenious Mr. Pyke Inventor, Fugitive, Spy
The ingenious Mr. Pyke : inventor, fugitive, spy / Henry Hemming
The ingenious mr. pyke : inventor, fugitive, spy [electronic resource] / Henry Hemming
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Inventors
Jews
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Pyke, Geoffrey
Spies
True Crime