Portraits

George Kennedy Young: Banker, Writer, Soldier, Spy

Over a remarkable and tempestuous career, George Kennedy Young rose to become Deputy Director of MI6 at the height of Britain’s Cold War. But his evermore extreme ideology prevented him from reaching the top.

Konstantin Tsiolkovsky – Rocket Man

The Russian recluse, a scientific self-starter who left school at 14, developed pioneering theories of space travel that anticipated the great feats of the Space Race fifty years later.

Basil Liddell Hart and the Art of Peace

Having witnessed first-hand the mechanised onslaught of the Great War, Captain Basil Liddell Hart sought a philosophy of warfare based in the prudent use of technology, psychology and deception – and the avoidance of the ‘total war’ catastrophes of preceding decades.

The squandered promise of Willie Wilde

Willie Wilde – Oscar Wilde’s older brother – had been destined for a distinguished public life, but the siren song of dissolute journalism proved too tempting.

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