Nigel West is a military historian specializing in intelligence and security issues. While still at university, he worked as a researcher for two authors: Ronald Seth, who had been parachuted into Silesia by Special Operations Executive, and Richard Deacon, a former wartime Naval Intelligence officer and latterly the foreign editor of The Sunday Times. He later joined BBC TV’s General Features department to work on the SPY! and ESCAPE series.
In 1989, West was voted The Experts’ Expert by a panel of spy writers selected by the Observer. In October 2003, he was awarded the U.S. Association of Former Intelligence Officers first Lifetime Literature Achievement Award. He is currently the European editor of the International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence and teaches the history of postwar intelligence at the Centre for Counterintelligence and Security Studies in Alexandria, Virginia. In 2012 he was appointed to the panel of judges for the St Ermin’s Best Intelligence Book of the Year prize.