Journal of Transatlantic Studies

, Volume 7, Issue 1, pp 1–22 | Cite as

Painting rather than photography: exploring spy fiction as a legitimate source concerning UK-US intelligence co-operation

  • Adam D. M. SvendsenEmail author


John le Carré’s Perfect Spy was a mythical character who always carried elements of reality. Just like the master novelist’s fictional account of the twilight world of intelligence, real-life spymasters have never wanted the world to know how much of the aura surrounding intelligence is mythical and how much is derived from fact.


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  1. 1.School of Politics and International StudiesUniversity of WarwickUK

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