|Born||Benedict Richard Pierce MacIntyre|
25 December 1963 (age 57)
Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, UK
Benedict Richard Pierce Macintyre (born 25 December 1963) is a British author, historian, reviewer and columnist for The Times newspaper. His columns range from current affairs to historical controversies.
Ben Macintyre's father was Angus MacIntyre, the son of Major Francis MacIntyre, of the 14th/20th King's Hussars. His paternal grandmother was related to the ancestral line of Viscount Netterville. He has an elder sister, born 1962, and a younger brother, born 1971. On his mother's side he is related to the Harvey baronets and Berkeley Paget.
Macintyre is the author of a book on the gentleman criminal Adam Worth, The Napoleon of Crime: The Life and Times of Adam Worth, Master Thief.
He also wrote The Man Who Would Be King: The First American in Afghanistan (about Josiah Harlan). This was also published as Josiah the Great: The True Story of the Man who Would be King. Harlan is one of the candidates presumed to be the basis for Rudyard Kipling's short story The Man Who Would Be King.
In 2008, Macintyre wrote an illustrated account of Ian Fleming, creator of the fictional spy James Bond, to accompany the For Your Eyes Only, Ian Fleming and James Bond exhibition at London's Imperial War Museum, which was part of the Fleming Centenary celebrations.
He lives with his wife and three children in north London.
Five of his books have been made into documentaries for the BBC:
- Operation Mincemeat (2010),
- Double Agent: The Eddie Chapman Story (2011),
- Double Cross – The True Story of the D Day Spies (2012)
- Kim Philby – His Most Intimate Betrayal.
- SAS: Rogue Warriors.
Awards and honours
- 1998 Edgar Award shortlist for The Napoleon of Crime
- 1998 Macavity Award shortlist for The Napoleon of Crime
- 2007 Costa Book Awards, biography, shortlist for Agent Zigzag
- 2008 Galaxy British Book Awards, biography, shortlist for Agent Zigzag
- 2010 Galaxy British Book Awards, Popular Non-fiction, shortlist for Operation Mincemeat
- 2011 Duke of Westminster's Medal for Military Literature, shortlist for Operation Mincemeat
- 2012 Agatha Award, Non-fiction, shortlist for A Spy Among Friends
- 2013 Edgar Award shortlist for Double Cross
- 2014 Spear's Book Award, winner for A Spy Among Friends
- 2018 Baillie Gifford Prize, shortlist for The Spy and the Traitor
- Forgotten Fatherland: The Search for Elisabeth Nietzsche. New York 1992. ISBN 978-0-374-15759-3
- The Napoleon of Crime: The Life and Times of Adam Worth, Master Thief. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1997. ISBN 978-0-374-21899-7.
- A Foreign Field. HarperCollins, 2001. ISBN 978-0-00-257122-7. (American edition: The Englishman's Daughter: A True Story of Love and Betrayal in World War One. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2002. ISBN 978-0-374-12985-9.)
- The Man Who Would Be King: The First American in Afghanistan. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2004. ISBN 978-0-374-20178-4.
- Agent Zigzag: The True Wartime Story of Eddie Chapman: Lover, Betrayer, Hero, Spy. London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2007. ISBN 978-0-7475-8794-1.
- For Your Eyes Only: Ian Fleming and James Bond. London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2008. .
- The Last Word: Tales from the Tip of the Mother Tongue. London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2009. ISBN 978-1-4088-0333-2.
- Operation Mincemeat: The True Spy Story that Changed the Course of World War II. London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2010. ISBN 978-0-7475-9868-8.
- Double Cross: The True Story of the D-Day Spies. London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2012. ISBN 978-1-4088-1990-6.
- A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal. London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2014. ISBN 978-1408851722.
- Rogue Heroes: The History of the SAS, Britain's Secret Special Forces Unit That Sabotaged the Nazis and Changed the Nature of War; McClelland & Stewart; 2017; 400pp; ISBN 978-0771060328
- The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War; Viking, 2018, 352pp; ISBN 978-0241186657
- Agent Sonya: Lover, Mother, Soldier, Spy; Viking, 2020, 384pp; ISBN 978-0241408506
Critical studies and reviews of Macintyre's work
- Gladwell, Malcolm (28 July 2014). "A Critic at Large: Trust No One". The New Yorker. 90 (21): 70–75. Retrieved 30 September 2014. Includes review of A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal.
- Fitzpatrick, Sheila (September 2014). "'One of us' : the spy who relished deception". Australian Book Review. 364: 27–28. Review of A Spy Among Friends.
- Macintyre, Ben (12 October 1997). "Gaslight". The New York Times.
- 'Cambridge University Tripos Results', The Guardian, 5 July 1985.
- Macintyre, Ben; Josiah the Great: The True Story of the Man who Would be King; HarperCollins; 2004, 350pp; ISBN 9780007151066
- Macintyre, Ben, Imperial War Museum;For Your Eyes Only, Ian Fleming and James Bond; Bloomsbury Publishing; London; 2008; 224pp;ISBN 978-1-5969-1544-2
- Imperial War Museum catalogue number LBY 08 / 802
- Walker George Films: Operation Mincemeat
- Walker George Films: DOUBLE AGENT: The Eddie Chapman Story
- Walker George Films: Double Cross – The True Story of the D Day Spies
- BBC TWO "Kim Philby – His Most Intimate Betrayal
- "BBC Two - SAS: Rogue Warriors". BBC. Retrieved 16 June 2020.
- "The Baillie Gifford Prize 2018 announces shortlist". Baillie Gifford Prize. 2 October 2018. Retrieved 3 October 2018.
- See Nueva Germania and Elisabeth Förster-Nietzsche.