“In 1942, in a quiet village in the leafy English Cotswolds, a thin, elegant woman lived in a small cottage with her three children and her husband, who worked as a machinist nearby. Ursula Burton was friendly but reserved, and spoke English with a slight foreign accent. By all accounts, she seemed to be living a simple, unassuming life. Her neighbors in the village knew little about her. They didn’t know that she was a high-ranking Soviet intelligence officer. They didn’t know that her husband was also a spy, or that she was running powerful agents across Europe. Behind the facade of her picturesque life, Burton was a dedicated Communist, a Soviet colonel, and a veteran agent, gathering the scientific secrets that would enable the Soviet Union to build the bomb.”
This real-life story reads like a big-screen movie. Ben Macintyre writes so vividly about “Agent Sonya’s” beginnings, juggling being a mother and a spy and her covert operations as a spy. This detailed account of this woman’s complicated life is a must-read that will keep you glued to the pages. AGENT SONYA by Ben Macintyre is this month’s book selection.