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Gunpowder and Glory: The Explosive Life of Frank Brock by Harry Smee, Henry Macrory

Gunpowder and Glory: The Explosive Life of Frank Brock OBE

Harry Smee, Henry Macrory

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Category: History, Non-fiction
Imprint: Casemate Publishers
Publisher: Casemate Publishers
Publication date: 16 Mar 2020
ISBN: 9781612008448

The previously untold story of Frank Brock - a remarkable forerunner of James Bond and 'Q' combined - and his extraordinary contribution to the British war effort between 1914 and 1918 as an inventor, secret agent and combatant.

4 stars out of 5
Simon Ings
21 Mar 2020

"a book that reads like fascinating dinner conversation"

But Gunpowder and Glory is not a ‘literary’ work, by which I mean it is neither selfconscious nor overwrought. Instead, Henry Macrory (who anyway has already proved his literary chops with his 2018 biography of the swindler Whitaker Wright) has opted for what looks like a very light touch here, assembling and ordering the anecdotes and reflections of Brock’s grandson Harry Smee about his family, their business as pyrotechnical artists and, finally, about Frank, his illustrious forebear.

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