Gordon Thomas (author)

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Gordon Thomas (born 1933) is an investigative journalist and author, notably on topics of secret intelligence.[1][2] Thomas is the author of 53 books published worldwide[3] including The Pope's Jews,[4] Secret Wars[5] and Gideon's Spies.[6]

Biography[edit]

Thomas was born in Wales, in a cemetery keeper's cottage where his grandmother lived. He had his first story published at nine years old in a Boy's Own Paper competition. With his father in the RAF, he traveled widely and was educated at the Cairo High School, the Maritz Brothers (in Port Elizabeth, South Africa) and, lastly, at Bedford Modern School. His first book, completed at the age of seventeen, is the story of a British spy in Russia during World War II, titled Descent Into Danger. He refused the offer of a job at a university in order to accompany a traveling fair for a year: he used those experiences for his novel, Bed of Nails. Since then his books have been published worldwide. He has been a foreign correspondent beginning with the Suez Crisis and ending with the first Gulf War. He was a BBC writer/producer for three flagship BBC programmes: Man Alive, Tomorrow's World and Horizon.

He is a regular contributor to the Japanese news magazine Facta and he lectures widely on the secret world of intelligence. He also provides expert analysis on intelligence for US and European television and radio programs.[7] His book Gideon's Spies: Mossad's Secret Warriors became a major documentary for Channel Four that he wrote and narrated: The Spy Machine. It followed three years of research during which he was given access to Mossad’s main personnel. The documentary was co-produced by Open Media and Israfilm.[8]

Gideon's Spies: Mossad's Secret Warriors has so far been published in 16 languages. A source for this book was Ari Ben-Menashe, a former Israeli intelligence agent, and Israeli spy Rafi Eitan. According to Charles Foster in Contemporary Review: "Writers who know their place are few and far between: fortunately Mr Thomas is one of them. By keeping to his place as a tremendous storyteller without a preacher's pretensions, he has put his book amongst the important chronicles of the state of Israel."[9]

Personal life[edit]

Thomas divides his time between his homes in Ireland and England, with his wife, an interior designer. His five children work in various parts of the entertainment industry.

Major awards[edit]

Selected Bibliography[edit]

Book clubs[edit]

Thomas's works have appeared in:

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References[edit]

  1. ^ World Archipelago. "Gordon Thomas". Macmillan. Retrieved 1 February 2015. 
  2. ^ "Biography". gordonthomas-author.com. Retrieved 1 February 2015. 
  3. ^ "Results for 'au:Thomas, Gordon,' [WorldCat.org]". worldcat.org. Retrieved 1 February 2015. 
  4. ^ "The Pope's Jews : the Vatican's secret plan to save Jews from the Nazis". worldcat.org. Retrieved 1 February 2015. 
  5. ^ "Secret wars : one hundred years of British intelligence inside MI5 and MI6". worldcat.org. Retrieved 1 February 2015. 
  6. ^ "Operation Exodus : from the Nazi death camps to the promised land : a perilous journey that shaped Israel's fate". worldcat.org. Retrieved 1 February 2015. 
  7. ^ Biography, accessed 5 February 2009
  8. ^ Belfast News Letter, 14 May 1998
  9. ^ "Gideon's Spies: Mossad's Secret Warriors". Contemporary Review. 1999.