The Man Who Was George Smiley



The Greatest Irony Is That It Was To George Smiley, Modelled Largely On Bingham, That Le Carr Owed His Success London Review Of BooksFollowing The Film Success Of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy John Le Carr S Hero George Smiley Has Come To Be Seen As The Perfect Spy Le Carr Revealed Shortly Before The Iraq War That The Model For Smiley Was The Author And MI5 Officer John Bingham, 7th Baron Clanmorris Michael Jago S Brilliant Account Of His Life Is Not Just The Story Of A Great Intriguer It Is Also Of A Portrait Of The Emotions Behind The Darkest Human Behavior.The Man Who Was George Smiley

Michael Jago read Ancient History and Philosophy at University College, Oxford before settling in the USA in 1980 For fifteen years he ran an educational travel business, focusing on the battlefields of Western Europe Previously a publisher and editor of a number of journals, he now specialises in biography.

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  • Hardcover
  • 320 pages
  • The Man Who Was George Smiley
  • Michael Jago
  • English
  • 02 February 2017
  • 9781849545136

10 thoughts on “The Man Who Was George Smiley

  1. says:

    interesting book charting the life of john bingham 7th clanmorris who john le carre modelled his character George smiley on.

  2. says:

    The character of Smiley as invented by Le Carre was actually based on the real life MI5 agent John Bingham In this book Jago takes you through his life history and career.He was a heir to an Irish barony In his early life he attended Cheltenham School, rather than Eton as the family was a little hard up He didn t attend university, and wanted to join the colonial service, but didn t do well at the interview They suggested that he learnt another language so ended up in France staying at a chateau and in other parts of Europe This was at the time of the rise of the far right in Germany, and it formed part of his political awakening, On return he became a journalist and became fairly proficient at this At the outbreak of WWII he asked to join the the intelligence services, and was accepted.He played a vital role whilst there, and was involved in the double cross deception, and then spent time in Germany after He retuned to journalism after But felt the need to return to the intelligence services again The is where he met David Cornwell He run a number of spies and contacts and was described as the forgettably man, as he had the ability to vanish in a crowd As well as that he was a proficient author, and published a n...

  3. says:

    This is a very engaging account of a man who inspired one of the most successful espionage series ever written.The author deftly delivers a complete picture of the man who was George Smiley with detail on his life as a spy master, an author and a family man Despite living his life in the shadow s, John Bingham is brought to life in a way that few authors could have accomplished The commentary is very insig...

  4. says:

    John Bingham was a modestly important literary figure in his time, as well as a key figure in WWII and Cold War espionage, and has been mostly forgotten He probably deserves better than to be remembered only as the prototy...

  5. says:

    The man behind the legend Fascinating stuff historically and politically from his birth to the wranglings with John le Carre.

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