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Silver: The Spy Who Fooled the Nazis

The Most Remarkable Agent of the Second World War

ISBN: 978-1781553718 silver-book-cover
Publisher: Fonthill Media (8 Dec. 2016)
You can order a copy of this book here 

Silver was the codename for the only quintuple spy of the Second World War, spying for the Italians, Germans, Japanese, Soviets and the British. The Germans awarded him the Iron Cross, Germany’s highest military decoration, and paid him £2.5 million in today s money. In reality Silver deceived the Nazis on behalf of the Soviets and the British. In 1942 the Russians decided to share Silver with the British, the only time during the war that the Soviets agreed to such an arrangement. This brought him under the control of Peter Fleming (brother of Ian Fleming) who acted as his spy master.

The Germans also gave Silver a transmitter which broadcast misleading military information directly to Abwehr headquarters in Berlin. Silver was one of many codenames for a man whose real name was Bhagat Ram Talwar, a Hindu Pathan from the North West Frontier province of then British India. Between 1941 and 1945 Silver made 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.

Once when an Afghan nearly rumbled him, he invited him to a curry meal in which he had mixed deadly tigers whiskers killing the Afghan.

See articles about the book in – the Telegraph Magazine  and The Hindustan Times, and visit the page in the books section entitled reviews of Mihir’s books to read the many excellent reviews for both the English and Indian (on sale as The Indian Spy) editions. 

‘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

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