The Nine Lives of Otto Katz

The Nine Lives of Otto Katz Spies should be glamorous James Bond in a Savile Row suit rather than Harry Palmer in a grubby mac In those terms Otto Katz was perfect He was a Hollywood playboy who hobnobbed with Fritz Lang he in

  • Title: The Nine Lives of Otto Katz
  • Author: Jonathan Miles
  • ISBN: 9780553820188
  • Page: 406
  • Format: Paperback
  • Spies should be glamorous James Bond in a Savile Row suit rather than Harry Palmer in a grubby mac In those terms, Otto Katz was perfect He was a Hollywood playboy who hobnobbed with Fritz Lang, he inspired the character of Victor Laszlo in Casablanca, he was a drinking buddy of Bertolt Brecht and among his lovers he claimed Marlene Dietrich He was even known to Spies should be glamorous James Bond in a Savile Row suit rather than Harry Palmer in a grubby mac In those terms, Otto Katz was perfect He was a Hollywood playboy who hobnobbed with Fritz Lang, he inspired the character of Victor Laszlo in Casablanca, he was a drinking buddy of Bertolt Brecht and among his lovers he claimed Marlene Dietrich He was even known to N el Coward The TimesIf you were to imagine the perfect spy, you may well be picturing Otto Katz He was charming, suave, and utterly ruthless In the golden years of the spy game, from Hitler s rise to power, through the Second World War, and on into the Cold War, Otto Katz was at the centre of Russia s web of international intrigue His fingerprints can be found on one world changing event after another.Using recently released FBI, MI5 and Czech files, Jonathan Miles has created an action packed story of the life or lives of one of the world s most successful spies At the same time he paints a vivid portrait of the shadow world that exists behind the headlines where the actions of a man like Katz can, and do, change the course of history.

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    1. The Life and Times of a sophisticated Communist agent, with rather more emphasis on the Times. Jonathan Miles provides a hugely detailed account of the international espionage and propaganda intrigues in which Katz was immersed from the 1930's to the early 1950's. However the book's exposition is academic rather than sensational, and Miles' biographical quarry ultimately fails to emerge with much personal or psychological clarity, despite Katz cutting a remarkably high profile at times. This opa [...]

    2. Katz was certainly an interesting character and his anti-Nazi/anti-Fascist campaign no doubt helped to raise awareness of the threat that this posed to the free world, but I find it hard to understand how he could close his mind to the greater threat to his own personal safety posed by Stalin.That being said it was interesting to discover that Katz seemed to know everyone who was anyone in anti-Fascist circles in pre-war Europe and the USA. His contacts extended through all levels of society and [...]

    3. Gives the impression of being deeply researched yet there are affordable few to many rushed or unsubstantiated conclusions. Still it presents and fascinating story that gives detail and feeling for the era.

    4. Everybody interested in understanding Soviet-style world of propaganda should read this. Despite boring, too many facts from time to time, I definitely recommend.

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