No spy drama has ever matched The Sandbaggers, which featured a
tiny, covert intelligence unit based in London during the Cold War.
The show that the New York Times called the "best spy series in
television history" was the vision of Ian MacKintosh, who was among
the first writers to present espionage realistically—as a sordid
series of political struggles, double crosses, and personality
clashes.The Life and Mysterious Death of Ian MacKintosh provides a
behind-the-scenes look at the show that forever changed the spy
genre. Readers will also gain insight into the enigmatic and
accomplished MacKintosh. A Royal Navy lieutenant commander, he
spent part of his service at the Admiralty's Department of Naval
Intelligence, once one of the world's ranking espionage operations.
He retired early and penned thirteen books and a number of
television series, including the classic Warship. A leading
authority on aircraft, MacKintosh was also one of the youngest
recipients of the Member of the Order of the British Empire, an
honor one step below knighthood, for his still-classified exploits.
His disappearance without a trace on July 7, 1979—nineteen days
before his thirty-ninth birthday—while flying with two companions
over the Gulf of Alaska (which happened to be teeming with Soviet
submarines and other spycraft) remains a mystery, as the British
government declined to investigate the incident. Robert Folsom
takes readers inside the world of The Sandbaggers and Ian
MacKintosh, whose ultimate fate is a plot twist worthy of his own