I’m very happy to say copies of my new book, The New Spymasters, have just arrived from the printers, and is on sale in the UK this week (from June 4.) Very much looking forward to hearing your reactions and thoughts. The story is told through the stories UKarrivedCROPof some amazing characters I’ve been privileged to meet and is the story of what happened to the human spy after the end of the Cold War. Of course, when I looked, I discovered that Cold War spying itself was very different from how it was portrayed, so I stepped back too into the fundamentals of spy craft, before moving to the present.

Here are some very kind cover blurbs provided by three people who saw advance copies.


Frederick Forsyth, author “Day of the Jackal”

“A manual of modern espionage. Farewell George Smiley. The targets are new, the methods different, the technology hyper. Only the purpose remains —forewarning.”

Jason Burke, author of “Al Qaeda” and 9/11 Wars.

“The New Spymasters is  fair,  fascinating and full of revelations.

There are many books on spies and spying, but few as sensible, perceptive or rigorous as this. A very welcome work, and a very enjoyable read, which should be on the book shelves of anyone interested, for professional or personal reasons, in the world we live in, the threats we face, and those who are charged with keeping us safe.”

John Macgaffin III, former deputy head of CIA clandestine service

“As an Old(er) Spymaster myself, I urge Spymasters New and Old, but most importantly those of you who want to understand the critical, but changing role of American espionage today to read this remarkably accurate and detailed account of CIA’s transition from Cold War to ISIS War, from nuclear attack to hacker attack. It captures the work in progress – the traditional adversaries still threaten and the new ones require our Clandestine Service to innovate to penetrate and defeat them. Stephen Grey nails the story in this exceptionably readable book.”

2 thoughts on “Fresh from the Printers

  1. I am enjoying reading your book “The New Spymasters”. While I understand that you spent years in covering important events as a reporter and writer. I personally feel that your editor missed a couple of items that I was disappointed about. The two items I picked up on was the description “killer drones”. Drones are inanimate objects subject to programming and guidance by humans. Artificial intelligence, as far as I know; has not yet been improved enough to be efficient in this application. The other item is stating that Hans Bethe should have added naming Albert Einstein and J Robert Oppenheimer as spies. You fail to follow up your statement with clarification or noted references. I am not familiar with why Albert Einstein should be added. J Robert Oppenheimer is a subject that (as stated in a biography) everyone either loved or hated. Oppenheimer worked with General Groves and I feel that the two of them did an outstanding job of managing this huge collaborative project of several sites around the country. I only mentioned this because my father William A Higinbotham worked on the atomic bomb and I have read some of the articles and books on the subject. My father is noted in the book “The Scientists’ Movement in America, 1945-47” by Alice Kimball Smith. There is an article about my father in the IEEE as follows:
    IEEE Annals of the History of Computing
    William Alfred Higinbotham: Scientist,
    Activist, and Computer Game Pioneer
    Kristen J. Nyitray
    Stony Brook University

  2. We dont believe for one minute Bin Laden did 9/11. Had to be an inside job, proberbley CIA. Realy liked your book. THANKS.

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