By Wook Kim
Updated September 12, 2008 at 04:00 AM EDT
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The Irregulars

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In the spring of 1942, a young officer from the Royal Air Force began work at the British Embassy in Washington, D.C. The dashing Flight Lieut. Roald Dahl — who would go on to write Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, along with other masterpieces — was one of several Brit operatives sent to infiltrate Georgetown society and influence American foreign policy. As presented in Jennet Conant’s fascinating new history, The Irregulars, the high-stakes exploits of these gentlemen spies were filled with seductions, betrayals, and more than a few hilarious escapades. B+

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