The secret war : spies, ciphers, and guerrillas 1939-1945 / Max Hastings.
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Call Number D810.S7 H365 2016
Media class: Book
Edition: First U.S. edition.
Publisher: Harper, An Imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers
ISBN: 9780062259271 006225927X 0062441566 9780062441560
"First published in a different form in the United Kingdom in 2015"--Title page verso.
Additional information: xxvii, 610 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
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An examination of one of the most important yet underexplored aspects of World War II--intelligence--shows how espionage successes and failures by the United States, Britain, Russia, Germany, and Japan influenced the course of the war and its final outcome.
Before the deluge. Seekers after truth ; The British: gentlemen and players ; The Russians: temples of espionage -- The storm breaks. The "fiction flood" ; Shadowing Canaris -- Miracles take a little longer: Bletchley. "Tips" and "cillis" ; Flirting with America -- The dogs that barked. "Lucy's" people ; Sorge's warnings ; The orchestra plays ; The deaf man in the Kremlin -- Divine winds. Mrs Ferguson's tea set ; The Japanese ; The man who won Midway -- Muddling and groping: the Russians at war. Centre mobilises ; The end of Sorge ; The second source ; Gourevitch takes a train -- Britain's secret war machine. The sharp end ; The brain ; At sea -- 'Mars': the bloodiest deception. Gehlen ; "Agent Max" -- The orchestra's last concert -- Guerrilla. Resisters and raiders ; SOE -- Hoover's G-men, Donovan's wild men. Adventurers ; Ivory towers ; Allen Dulles: talking to Germans -- Russia's partisans: terrorising both sides -- Islands in the storm. The Abwehr's Irish jig ; No man's land -- A little help from their friends. "It stinks, but somebody has to do it" ; American traitors -- The knowledge factories. Agents ; The jewel of sources ; Production lines ; Infernal machines -- 'Blunderhead': the English patient -- Eclipse of the Abwehr. Hitler's Bletchleys ; "Cicero" ; The fantasists ; The "good" Nazi -- Battlefields. Wielding the Ultra wand ; Suicide spies ; Tarnished triumph -- Black widows, few white knights. Fighting Japan ; Fighting each other ; The enemy: groping in the dark -- 'Enormoz' -- Decoding victory.
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