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Hunt For A Double Spy by John Harte

No one seemed to know why so many conflicts suddenly erupted and reached a point of no return, since most people in Britain had only just enjoyed their highest living standards ever.

Tensions stretched into fury in London, setting almost everyone at each other’s throats. Terrorism added to the chaos. Some expected an explosion of civil war. Britain’s Secret Service struggled to restore order. It was at that critical moment when a young and romantic adventurer applied to join them as a confidential agent.

This novel is about how he became the most audacious and successful spy in history, where he came from, and how he helped to turn Britain’s secret intelligence services into MI5 and MI6 – the most effective secret services in the world. It is also about what happened to him after he suddenly vanished from the sight of Western eyes.

This is a romantic story of how a nation lost its freedom and its country to the tyranny of two professional revolutionaries, and attempts by Britain’s Secret Service to restore it to the Russian people by a counter-revolution led by their most heroic and audacious secret agent.

Book Marketing Global Network 5 Star Review: Author John Harte’s Hunt for A Double Spy Novel is in good company since Author John Le Carre’s long-awaited new spy novel is coming out in October. For all you spy novel enthusiasts, Hunt for A Double Spy is a fascinating read.

Author John Harte (born in London England) drew from his own successful undercover work as an investigative journalist. He used his accumulative knowledge, skills, and associations with the “shadowy world of espionage” along with impeccable research to give us the Hunt for A Double Spy Novel.

Back in the days of Churchill, as Britain’s Secret Service paid confidential spy, Sidney Reilly was tasked to find out who was behind the attempts to “subvert and undermine” British power at home and overseas.

Sidney was a master spy. He was intelligent, well educated, courageous and confident conversationalist with gentlemanly behaviors that enabled him to rub shoulders with the aristocrats and even correspond personally with Winston Churchill.

The story brings the reader to a pivotal point in history that had a far-reaching effect throughout the world. It is an extremely well written, engaging page turner. Finding something to share from the story was a task, because there is so much information. I share this with you, in hopes that you will read it for yourself.

I quote: from chapter 34 “Commander Boyce’s Story: Reilly had been impressed by all that he had now seen and heard about the revolutionary organization known as “The Trust.” He felt that much would depend on their cooperation to raise a counterrevolution that he intended to lead now that Savinkov was dead. What he did not know was the names and the status of its leaders, and whether or not it had already been infiltrated by Dzerzhinsky’s agents. What he did know was that the SIS had their own doubts about the organization. And it was clear that Boyce was keen to learn more about it from Reilly’s infiltration in Moscow and Petrograd. Boyce was generally available to confirm or deny Reilly’s own suspicions. Boyce led his own team of agents at Reval, and watched the daily activities of the communists for the SIS.”

I will leave it up to you to follow Sidney Reilly’s adventure as one of the world’s “most heroic and audacious secret agents”. The author originally wrote this story as a narrative nonfiction book with 359 sources in his end notes. He finally decided that most people get their knowledge of history from novels and the cinema, so rewrote it to make it more accessible and engaging for general readers. Since it is thoroughly researched and 99 percent true, it is technically a “nonfiction novel,” which is the way that Truman Capote described his In Cold Blood.

I endorse Hunt For A Double Spy by Author John Harte. He has also written The Churchill Man Of Destiny Series which you can find at Amazon. Review by Book Marketing Global Network.

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Paperback: 372 Pages
May 23, 2019
Book Genre: A Nonfiction Espionage Novel

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The Churchill Man Of Destiny Series

How Churchill Saved Civilization: The Epic Story of 13 Years That Almost Destroyed the Civilized World by John Harte

How Churchill Saved Civilization resolves the lingering mysteries surrounding the causes of the Second World War, and what transpired during the war to bring its end result. It proposes answers to such questions as “Why were the Allies unprepared?”, “Why did France collapse so quickly?”, “Why didn’t the British government accept Hitler’s peace proposals?” and “Why did the Germans allow Hitler to obtain life and death control over them?”

But the book’s main purpose is to provide an account of Winston Churchill’s actions and their intended consequences – as well as some of the unintended ones – for readers who are unlikely to read a military history book of 800 pages. The author has pared down the details of this at once fascinating and frightening story to an accessible length of how the world nearly ended in the 1940s. How Churchill Saved Civilization was written in honor of all those who sacrificed their lives in the War, and to caution readers that it could very easily happen again, as key factors like complacency, ignorance, and weakness continue to play a role in international diplomacy.

Skyhorse Publishing, as well as our Arcade imprint, are proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in history–books about World War II, the Third Reich, Hitler and his henchmen, the JFK assassination, conspiracies, the American Civil War, the American Revolution, gladiators, Vikings, ancient Rome, medieval times, the old West, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.

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Hardcover: 384 Pages
January 3, 2017
World War Two and The Epic Story of 13 Years That Almost Destroyed the Civilized World.
Genre: Historical British Biographies, England History, Historical Germany Biographies

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Churchill The Young Warrior: How He Helped Win the First World War by John Harte

This is the intriguing chronicle of Winston Churchill’s early years as a young soldier fighting in several different types of wars—on horseback in the cavalry at Khartoum, with saber and lance against the Dervishes at age twenty-two, in the South African war against the Boers, and finally in the First World War after he resigned as First Lord of the Admiralty, to volunteer to lead a Scottish brigade in the trenches of the Western Front, as Lieutenant-Colonel. The book also covers the failure, bloodshed, and disgrace of Gallipoli that was blamed on him, which could have led to his downfall, as well as the formative relationships he had with the two important women in his young life — his mother, Jennie, who was an eighteen-year-old woman when she married an English aristocrat, and Churchill’s young wife, Clementine. How did the events of his early life shape his subsequent life and career, making him the leader he would become? What is the mystery behind how World War I erupted, and what role did Churchill play to end it?

Most readers are aware of Churchill’s leadership in World War Two, but are unaware of his contributions and experiences in World War One. Through engaging narrative non-fiction, this book paints a startlingly different picture of Winston Churchill — not the portly, conservative politician who led the UK during World War II, but rather the capable young man in his 20s and 30s, who thought of himself as a soldier saving Britain from defeat. Gaining experience in battle and developing a killer instinct and a mature worldview would serve him well as the leader of the free world.

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Paperback: 364 Pages
November 13, 2018
How He Helped Win the First World War
NEW SECOND EDITION on the 100th Anniversary of Armistice
Genre: Historical British Biographies, WWII Biographies, WWI Biographies

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Coming Soon

The Hunt For Spy S.T.1 (1905-1925) by John Harte

The Greatest Secret Agent In History, Who Inspired James Bond.


Churchill: The Young Rebel (1910-1940) by John Harte

His rebellious youth and ambitious rise to fame in a dysfunctional world.


Churchill: Britain’s Last Hero (1944-1965) by John Harte

How the Empire was lost and a victorious Britain became transformed, ultimately provoking the “Brexit” vote to leave the EU.


Business Books by John Harte

Management Crisis and Business Revolution 1st Edition by John Harte

Management Crisis and Business Revolution describes the enormous gap between business theories on the one hand, and the realities of the workplace and uncertainties of the marketplace on the other. In place of reasoned management and disciplined organization John Harte depicts daily disorder, vagueness, and confusion; instead of the logical processes of classroom case histories with rational solutions. He provides tales of an abundance of irrational judgments, personal foibles, and business follies. Once a top operational manager with multinational organizations, Harte applies his hands-on knowledge of the business world to a realistic examination of workplace conditions. He describes methodically how to handle human limitations in the average business enterprise, as well as how to develop management strengths.

The author observed superior and inferior management firsthand, and therefore witnessed the painful demise of many companies, some of which, in his opinion, could have been saved. With thirty years’ experience to draw on, he analyzes why so many businesses and products fail, while others succeed. He examines the amazing progress of Japan and other Pacific Asian countries; explains the decline of German, Canadian, British, and French management practices; and provides strategies for the marketplace. The business sectors described in this all-encompassing book include: high-technology, fast-moving packaged consumer goods like detergents; manufacturing and retailing consumer durables like furniture and appliances; soft goods; fashion products; service sector industries; manufacturing, wholesaling, and retail trade; and a whole range of new service industries. Harte stresses that while management and trade are timeless, dedication in the West has declined.

The challenge is how to manage change by innovating, and replacing senile customs, systems, and institutions with more progressive ones suited to the new business environment. This unusually tough

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Print Length: 477 Pages
July 5, 2017
Genre:  Marketing, Business Marketing, Business Management

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Successful Management In The Digital Age 1st Edition by John Harte

Successful Management in the Digital Age examines key factors for success in today’s business environment—finding markets, being vigilant for new trends and changes, exploiting opportunities, and overcoming obstacles. While acknowledging the benefits of technological advances in some areas, John Harte shows how artificial intelligence is limited and often imperfect. Becoming thoughtlessly dependent on it may replace the far more rewarding benefits of human ingenuity, creativity and innovation.

For Harte, organizational complacency is one of the prime causes of business inertia. It often results from past successes that create an illusion of wisdom and invulnerability which blinds leaders to warning signs. De-industrialization is just one example of a movement that led to the present market stagnation.

Harte reminds executives and entrepreneurs of the basic formula for success in any business—producing a product or service that people want, and providing it at the right time for the right price, in order to make a suitable profit. He warns us to resist temptations of the digital era, such as automation that results in over-production and market saturation, outsourcing that risks losing customers, and losing control of brands and markets by needless offshoring.

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Paperback: 308 Pages
April 5, 2016
Genre:  Marketing, Business Marketing, Business Management

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About The Author: John Harte has led a varied and busy life in a number of different careers and countries, as a child prodigy who consumed over two thousand books in his father’s library from the age of eight, including English, French, and Russian classics. He was an artist attending weekly life classes at Kingston-on-Thames Art school at the age of thirteen, during his final year at St. Paul’s School in England. The aim of his art master was to compile a portfolio of his line drawings for a scholarship to the Slade School of Fine Art in Oxford. Those plans were unexpectedly challenged by the imminence of World War 2 and an expected invasion by German troops who had already overrun Europe.

He accepted his first job offer to design and paint scenery for the theatre. It introduced him also to acting, at which he had been successful in school. After an audition at the Henley Playhouse, he was appointed as their leading man at the age of fourteen. He was hired by H. M. Tennant, soon after, to understudy John Gielgud in Love for Love at London’s Haymarket Theatre when he was only fifteen.

Harte subsequently played some two hundred leading roles all over Britain, several at the Moss and Stoll theatre circuit with seating capacities of 3,000, and in provincial weekly repertory companies, with special weeks in and around London’s smaller try-out theatres.

Four of his own plays were produced, including a dramatization of a P. G. Wodehouse comic short story which he called Don’t Lose Your Head, and his dramatization of D, H. Lawrence’s most controversial novel. He chose to call it Lady Chatterley, because it was about a woman who wanted to take charge of her mind and body in a society dominated by men. His was the only “official version” championed by the feminist Frieda Lawrence, and performed to packed houses for a run at the Arts Theatre in 1961. It was only prevented from being transferred to Wyndham’s Theatre, as planned and licensed by the Lord Chamberlain’s office, by the famous trial against Penguin Books for publishing an unexpurgated version of the novel. The failure of the prosecution at the Central Criminal Court, known as the Old Bailey, changed Britain’s more formal and polite society into the so-called “permissive society.”

When theatres closed all over the British Isles with the establishment of television, Harte switched careers to business management, commencing as a management trainee in the paper industry in London. He soon became a company director. He made another successful career in the advertising industry overseas with J. Walter Thompson (WPI). And, by 1970, his varied skills and wealth of experience resulted in his appointment, first, as a director of the leading modern art gallery in Johannesburg, then as adviser to twenty-eight Presidents of companies acquired by the biggest textile conglomerate in South Africa. He became Managing Director of one of their upmarket companies in Durban. He was also Marketing Vice-President of GE when they were the leading global brand. About a decade or more later, after settling in Canada, he was elected Director General of the Canadian Institute of Marketing. Having now retired from a business career, he writes books on subjects he found challenging to master in his rich and varied career.

Hunt for A Double Spy is a glance back to a moment in postwar Britain when, as an undercover investigative journalist, he discovered a clandestine plot by Sir Oswald Mosley’s Fascist Party to take over Britain, and brought it to the attention of Parliament and the newspapers, which ended Mosley’s political career. He found spies almost everywhere since then – or they found him. Now he prefers to write about them in seclusion in the quiet government city of Ottawa in Canada, close to the border with New York.

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