Check out this review of Klop: Britain’s Most Ingenious Spy


Although it has some interesting information in it, Klop suffers from two major flaws.

The first is the flow of the story.

The story follows a generally linear technique beginning with Jona von Ustinov – the titular Klop and future father of acclaimed actor Peter– and his wife’s parents and follows through until the death of her parents. However, it jumps around in the story telling bits and pieces of the narrative and never strongly connects the pieces together.

The second, and more important problem, is that it isn’t really about Klop.

The book is more about the events that happen around Klop rather than the exploits of the man himself. You never really get a true sense of who is this man. Once the author is done describing him physically and gives you the general  ideas he is a womanizer and a defender of freedom, you never learn much else. There is no great depth you learn about anyone in the telling of this story.

Although there are some interesting tidbits about how the human intelligence and counterintelligence war was fought during World War 2 as well as the early stages of the Cold War, there is not enough of the story and not enough of the human struggle of Klop to make this more than a good book.

Here is a link to my review on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1985669792

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