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A History of the World in Spy Objects
A History of the World in Spy Objects

The Enigma Machine. The B2 stealth bomber. The poisoned-tipped umbrella. Napoleon’s Briefcase of Secrets. As long as there has been conflict, there... more

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A History of the World in Spy Objects
Jung Chang: Chairman Mao Badge
A History of the World in Spy Objects