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Beverly Hills spy : the double-agent war hero who helped Japan attack Pearl Harbor / Ronald Drabkin.

Drabkin, Ronald, (author.).


"Beverly Hills Spy reveals the story of Frederick Rutland’s life of espi­onage on behalf of the Japanese Empire, selling secrets about fleet and aircraft design to the Japanese Imperial Navy that would be instrumental in its ability to attack Pearl Harbor, while col­lecting a salary ten times larger than the best-paid Japanese admirals. Based on recently declassified FBI files and until-now untranslated documents from Japanese intelligence, Ronald Drabkin brings the scope of this unforgettable tale into full focus for the first time. Rutland hides in plain sight, rubbing elbows with Amelia Earhart and hosting galas and fundraisers with superstars like Charlie Chaplin and Boris Karloff, while simultaneously passing information to Japan through spy networks across North and Central America. Countless opportunities to catch Rutland in the act are squandered by the FBI, British Intelligence, and US Naval Intelligence alike as he uses his cunning and charm to mis­direct and cast shadows of doubt over his business dealings, allowing him to operate largely unfettered for years. Beverly Hills Spy is a masterpiece of research on spy craft, a shocking narrative about an unknown but pivotal figure in history, and brings new information to light that helps us understand how Pearl Harbor happened--and how it could have been prevented." -- Provided by publisher.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780063310070
  • ISBN: 0063310074
  • Physical Description: x, 256 pages, 8 pages unnumbered plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2024]

Content descriptions

General Note:
Publisher, publishing date, and paging may vary
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 241-247) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Pearl Harbor -- The Battle of Jutland -- Spurned by the RAF -- Dead US Marines -- The world's first aircraft carrier -- Geisha party -- The poker game -- The attempted assassination of Charlie Chaplin -- The 1932 Summer Olympics -- The FBI and the dead spy -- The attaché and the sleeper -- Hollywood -- The private club -- Spy work is not a blank check -- In plain sight -- The coronation of King George VI -- The secrets of the P-38 -- The spy as a good father -- Many strange clues -- Counterspies -- Double agent -- Tachibana -- The blackmail of Charlie Chaplin -- The FBI finally wakes up -- Beating the suspect -- Political fallout -- Meetings in Washington -- Looking for spies in all the wrong places -- Pearl Harbor, redux.
Subject: Rutland, Frederick, 1887-1949.
Espionage, Japanese > United States > History.
World War, 1939-1945 > Secret service > Japan.
World War, 1939-1945 > Secret service > United States.
Spies > United States > Biography.
British > Japan > Biography.
British > California > Los Angeles > Biography.
Pearl Harbor (Hawaii), Attack on, 1941.
Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.) > Biography.
Genre: Biographies.
Informational works.
Illustrated works.

Available copies

  • 12 of 15 copies available at Missouri Evergreen. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at North Kansas City.


  • 0 current holds with 15 total copies.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
North Kansas City Public Library 940.5487 DRABKIN 2024 (Text) 0001012541180 Nonfiction New Available -

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