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.