The ultimate guide to the history of spies

As the long-awaited James Bond film Spectre is released in cinemas, BBC History Magazine charts the extraordinary history of espionage – from ancient times until the digital age – in our new special edition


In The Secret History of Spies we explore some of the world’s most audacious spies, and learn how they took terrible risks to shape the outcomes of global wars, using some remarkable tools and trickery.


Inside our special edition you’ll find amazing tales of espionage adventures; fresh insights into the secret wars that shaped many recent conflicts; biographies of the spies who mattered most; and illustrated examples of Cold War spy gadgets

Highlights include Nicholas Rankin’s exploration of James Bond creator, Ian Fleming; Huw Dylan’s analysis of the advancement of intelligence techniques during the First World War; and a piece from Richard H Immerman on the establishment of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in the United States.

Order your copy today for £9.99, with free UK postage for BBC History Magazine subscribers (£11.49 for all other UK residents, Europe £12.99, Rest of world £13.49).


Please note this title is not available for direct order in the US or Canada, but is available in all good retailers now.