The Riddle of the Sands

By Erskine Childers; Milt Bearden (Introduction by)
(Modern Library, Paperback, 9780812966145, 336pp.)

Publication Date: December 10, 2002

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While on a sailing trip in the Baltic Sea, two young adventurers-turned-spies uncover a secret German plot to invade England. Written by Childers--who served in the Royal Navy during World War I--as a wake-up call to the British government to attend to its North Sea defenses, "The Riddle of the Sands" accomplished that task and has been considered a classic of espionage literature ever since, praised as much for its nautical action as for its suspenseful spycraft.



About the Author
Childers retired in 1989 as Senior Adviser to the UN Direcotr-General for Development and International Economic Cooperation after 22 years as a UN civil servant.

A thirty-year veteran of the CIA's clandestine services, Milt Bearden was chief of the Soviet/East European Division at the time of the collapse of the Soviet Union. As CIA chief in Pakistan, he supplied the Afghan freedom fighters who overthrew the Soviets. He received the Donovan Award and the Distinguished Intelligence Medal, the CIA's highest honor. He is featured in the Discovery Channel's "Secret Warriors" and the BBC's "Covert Action." He was born in Oklahoma and spent his childhood in Washington State, where his father worked on the Manhattan Project. He served in the Air Force before joining the CIA in 1964 and currently lives outside Washington, D.C., with his French-born wife.
James Risen covers national security for "The New York Times." He was a member of the team that won the Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting in 2002 for coverage of September 11 and terrorism, and he is coauthor of "Wrath of Angels." He lives outside Washington, D.C., with his wife and three sons.

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