An Impeccable Spy

Richard Sorge, Stalin’s Master Agent

Owen Matthews

320 pages March 2019 manuscript in English Biography

On behalf of: Toby Mundy Associates

A revolutionary new account of the incredible life of Richard Sorge – the man John le Carré called “the spy to end spies,” and whose actions turned the tide of WWII.

Richard Sorge was a Soviet spy during the Second World War who worked, apparently without fear, as an undercover German journalist in Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan. After a string of intelligence coups − including warning Stalin about Hitler’s plan to attack the Soviet Union − he was captured by the Japanese and executed for espionage.

This book tells for the first time Sorge’s story from the Russian side as well as the German and Japanese. Owen Matthews draws on a wealth of declassified Soviet archives – along with testimonies from those who knew and worked with Sorge – to provide the definitive biography of the man described by Ian Fleming as “the most formidable spy in history”.


“The greatest of 20th century spy stories, whose exploits helped change history.” -Carl Bernstein

“Stalin’s James Bond.” –Le Figaro

“Richard Sorge was the best spy of all time.” –Sunday Times