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The Indian Spy: The True Story of the Most Remarkable Secret Agent of World War II Mihir Bose Aleph Book Company ₹599

Who was Bhagat Ram Talwar? A journalist-writer tells us another fascinating chapter of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s life

Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose is a fascinating, and an unusual, historical figure who combines charisma and mystery, a deadly cocktail that has spurred a flourishing industry of books, essays, documentaries, films and endless discussions. Even seven decades after he disappeared, Bose continues his unusual exuberant journey stoking Indian pride and imagination.

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Silver: The Spy Who Fooled The Nazis

‘This fascinating tale…’ The Independent

‘Bose’s skills as a journalist and researcher are evident in The Indian Spy as he portrays the big picture adding rich details gleaned from previously classified files of the Indian, British and other governments.’ Times of India

‘There is always a well-researched context for every incident and the best part is Bose doesn’t take sides as the saga swings to and fro from the Indian mainland to Kabul…

If any real-life saga about the Great Game rivals Rudyard Kipling’s Kim, then this is it.’  New Delhi Tribune

‘Mihir Bose’s new book meticulously reconstructs Talwar’s real character, relaying on original documents from several archives to establish that Silver was actually the only quintuple spy of WW II. He spied for the Italians, Germans, Japanese, Soviets and the British, and deceived Netaji, made a fortune and played a crucial role in the global war.’ The Hindu

‘MIHIR BOSE’S beautifully written book…Silver is a fascinating page-turner of a tale which will be of much interest to readers who, like me, love true spy stories.’ Jewish Chronicle

 

Mihir Bose’s new book is about the only quintuple spy of the Second World War who spied for the Italians, Germans, Japanese, Soviets and the British. Silver was one of many codenames for a man whose real name was Bhagat Ram Talwar, a Hindu Pathan from theNorth West Frontier province of then British India. The Germans awarded him the Iron Cross, Germany’s highest military decoration, and paid him £2.5 million in today’s money.  

Full of wonderful tales of Silver’s deceptions including the twelve trips from Peshawar to Kabul to supply false information to the Germans, always making the near-200-mile journey on foot over mountain passes and hostile tribal territory.  And when an Afghan nearly rumbled him, he invited him to a curry meal in which he had mixed deadly tiger’s whiskers killing the Afghan. 

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