Operation Chaos is the phrase on everyone's lips at Picador at the moment – but we're not about to wreak havoc on our office neighbours in King's Cross, you'll be pleased to hear. We're talking about a new book by the brilliant journalist and writer Matthew Sweet.

To be published in March 2018, Operation Chaos will tell the true story of a group of U.S. military deserters who found asylum in Sweden during the Vietnam War. Sweet’s fascinating journey of discovery will shed new light on one of the great untold stories of the Cold War, including how the the CIA tried to infiltrate this radical political group.

Picador's Publisher, Paul Baggaley, said: ‘Matthew is a really interesting and highly acclaimed writer and broadcaster. Operation Chaos is one of those truly extraordinary stories where the facts seem wilder than any work of fiction. It reminded me of Jon Ronson’s number one bestseller The Men Who Stared at Goats, the work of Ben Macintrye and the Oscar-winning film ArgoOperation Chaos is a perfect fit for our non-fiction list and we couldn’t be more excited to welcome Matthew to Picador.’

Matthew has written three previous books, most recently The West End Front, and presents shows on BBC Radio 3 and 4. One of those programmes is The Philosopher's Arms on Radio 4 where, together with a panel and a live audience in a pub, Matthew examines philosophical problems. You can also find his journalism in Intelligent Life, the Guardian, the Daily Telegraph and Art Quarterly.

He has edited the Penguin Classics edition of The Woman in White and holds a D. Phil from Oxford University on the sensation fiction of the 19th century, focusing on Wilkie Collins in particular.

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