His wide, hypnotic eyes peer at us from the cover of The Beatles'' ''Sgt. Pepper''s Lonely Hearts Club Band'', and his influence can be found everywhere in popular culture. Crowley, also known as the Great Beast, has been the subject of several biographies, some painting him as a misunderstood genius, others as a manipulative charlatan. None of them have looked seriously at his career as an agent of British Intelligence. Using documents gleaned from British, American, French, and Italian archives, ''Secret Agent 666'' sensationally reveals that Crowley played a major role in the sinking of the Lusitania, a plot to overthrow the government of Spain, the thwarting of Irish and Indian nationalist conspiracies, and the 1941 flight of Rudolf Hess. Author Richard B. Spence argues that Crowley-in his own unconventional way-was a patriotic Englishman who endured years of public vilification in part to mask his role as a secret agent. The verification of the Great Beast''s participation in the twentieth century''s most astounding government plots will likely blow the minds of history buff s and occult aficionados alike. Author Richard B. Spence can be seen on various documentaries on the History Channel and is a consultant for Washington, DC''s International Spy Museum. He is also the author of ''Trust No One: The Secret World of Sidney Reilly'' (Feral House).
First of all, I had no idea Aleister Crowley did anything more than create a popular deck of tarot cards. Whew! I had no idea that was so far down the list with this guy.The writing style makes this book more like a textbook. Sometimes it is hard keeping track of all the characters introduced into the mix. Although it is dry, it is still well written, and the author did a lot of research to come up with all the information and references to corroborate events.There are just too many coincidences and str..
What a ride! The book takes you throught the life of Aleister Crowley, from early years to death and his connections with MI5 and MI6. Seemingly he was an agent of the Crown for his entire life. A laundry list of names are provided and each chapter is followed up with lists of references and footnotes.Check this out if you like Crowley and or real spy stuff!
culled from disparate sources of Anglo-American govt. files, obscure books and articles in various languages (English, French, Russian, Italian, German). Despite obvious double-dealings in intel related issues, throughout the book the author emphasizes Aleister Crowley's unwavering patriotism and subservience to the Crown as apparent from the horse's mouth, the Beast's heavily-edited "Confessions" quoted on page 10: "I still think the English pot as black as the German kettle, and I am still willing to die ..