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Preview — The Irregulars by Jennet Conant
The Irregulars: Roald Dahl and the British Spy Ring in Wartime Washington
When dashing young RAF pilot Roald Dahl (that Roald Dahl) took up his post at the British Embassy in 1942, his assignment was to use his good looks, wit, and charm to gain access to the most powerful figures in American political life. He an ...more
Roald Dahl, most famously known as the author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, was a spy during World War II for England, which planted agents in the U.S. for the purpose of finding out information and influencing the nation. England badly needed help fighting Hitler and America was dragging its feet about joining the war effort.
Jennet Conant's book follows Dahl from his time as a ...more
From the 74 pages I rea ...more
As a biography, the book was pretty boring. Dahl’s life during this period actually sounded interesting but there weren't enough of the juicy bits revealed. Instead, the focus was o ...more
Conant goes to great length describing the m ...more
The beginning of this book was really interesting. I didn't know anything about Roald Dahl really, so it was all new. And espionage--especially nonfiction--can be a really interesting subject. The parts of the book the centered on Dahl (let's face it, that's what we're reading for and that's why his name is first and big on the cover) were the most interesting. The workings of the ...more
Apparently the British had a very active spy force in the United States and their goal at first was to get the U.S. to aid and ...more
For all the title of this book, this is hardly a James Bond story, although Ian Fleming himself does make a guest appearance as another of the BSC's recruits. There is very little skulduggery, breaking-and ...more
For those who have already read up on Intrepid, Donovan, the BSC, the OSS, and the complex relationship between Churchill and FDR, there will be li ...more
I gave up when she had Dahl 'FLAUNTING authority.'
I mean REALLY, Simon and Schuster!
I was personally interested in the discussion of the 'extracurricular activi ...more
Amazon Best of the Month, September 2008: Long before Willy Wonka sent out those five Golden Tickets, Roald Dahl lived a life that was more James Bond than James and the Giant Peach. After blinding headaches cut short his distinguished career as a Royal Air Force fighter pilot, Dahl became part of an elite group of British spies working against the United States' neutrality at the onset of World War II. The Irregulars is a brilliant profile of Dahl's lesser-known profession, e...more
It is part of the history of WWII, the first war I knew anything about.
Members of my family served in the war. A cousin was killed in the Pacific. When I was five, two of my uncles came home from the war and came to our house on their way home since we were closest to the place where they got off the bus. Uncle Jack had been on the battleship Texas.
He brought seashells from the Pacific. Uncle Jay had been with the 36th division, landing in Africa and later on the beach at Salerno.
While still qui ...more
The most interesting thing about the book though is how at odds Britain and the U.S. were over the post-war world. People like Henry Wallace saw the writing on the wall for the British Empire and Dahl had to work to undermine him bec ...more
Dahl was working for Shell Oil in East Africa w ...more
It is my opinion that if the US wants to continue to accept the challenge and opportunity of global leadership, it needs to un-manacle itself from the carbo ...more
Born in Seoul, South Korea and raised in Asia and America, she received a BA degree in Political Theory from Bryn Mawr College in 1982, and double-majored in Philosophy at Haverford College. She completed a ...more