Peter Tompkins

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Peter Tompkins
Born April 19, 1919
Died January 24, 2007(2007-01-24) (aged 87)
Occupation journalist, WWII spy, & author

Peter Tompkins (April 19, 1919 in Athens, Georgia - January 23, 2007) was an American journalist, World War II Office of Strategic Services (OSS) spy in Rome, and best-selling occult author.

He was war correspondent for the New York Herald Tribune and CBS during World War II. In 1943 he was recruited by the OSS and utilized as an undercover agent in Italy in 1944.[1] In 1962 he published his diary, titled A Spy in Rome (New York: Simon & Schuster).

His best-known books are The Secret Life of Plants (1973), Secrets of the Great Pyramid (1972; paperback reprint, 1997), and Mysteries of the Mexican Pyramids (1976).

He was the father of author Ptolemy Tompkins.

His Secrets of the Great Pyramid, Mysteries of the Mexican Pyramids and The Magic of Obelisks have become classics in the history and possible purpose of these extremely ancient structures.


  1. ^ Richard Harris Smith (1972). OSS: The Secret History of America's First Central Intelligence Agency. University of California Press. pp. 86–87. ISBN 978-0-520-02023-8. 

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