The Secret War: Spies, Codes and Guerrillas 1939-1945 by Sir Max Hastings (Hardback, 2015)
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- Description'As gripping as any spy thriller ...Hastings's achievement is especially impressive, for he has produced the best single volume yet written on the subject' Sunday Times 'Authoritative, exciting and tably well written' Daily Telegraph 'A serious work of rigourous and comprehensive history ...royally entertaining and readable' Mail on Sunday Spies, codes and guerrillas played critical roles in the Second World War, exploited by every nation in the struggle to gain secret kwledge of its foes, and to sow havoc behind the fronts. In 'The Secret War', Max Hastings presents a worldwide cast of characters and some extraordinary sagas of intelligence and Resistance, to create a new perspective on the greatest conflict in history. Here are t only Alan Turing and the codebreaking geniuses of Bletchley Park, but also their German counterparts, who achieved their own triumphs against the Allies. Hastings plots the fabulous espionage networks created by the Soviet Union in Germany and Japan, Britain and America, and explores the puzzle of why Stalin so often spurned his agents, who reported from the heart of the Axis war machine. The role of SOE and American's OSS as sponsors of guerrilla war are examined, and the book tells the almost unkwn story of Ronald Seth, an SOE agent who was 'turned' by the Germans, walked the streets of Paris in a Luftwaffe uniform, and baffled MI5, MI6 and the Abwehr as to his true loyalty. Also described is the brilliantly ruthless Russian deception operation which helped to secure the Red Army's victory at Stalingrad, a ruse that cost 70,000 lives. 'The Secret War' links tales of high courage ashore, at sea and in the air to the work of the brilliant 'boffins' at home, battling the enemy's techlogy. Most of the strivings, adventures and sacrifices of spies, Resistance, Special Forces and even of the codebreakers were wasted, Hastings says, but a fraction was so priceless that nation grudged lives and treasure spent in the pursuit of jewels of kwledge. The book tells stories of high policy and human drama, mingled in the fashion that has made international bestsellers of Max Hastings' previous histories, this time illuminating the fantastic machinations of secret war.
- Author BiographyMax Hastings is the author of numerous books, many about warfare, including the bestselling and critically acclaimed 'All Hell Let Loose'. In his early career as a correspondent, he reported on the 1982 Falklands War, experiences which he described in his memoir 'Going to the Wars'. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and an Honorary Fellow of King's College London, he was knighted in 2002.
- Author(s)Sir Max Hastings
- PublisherHarperCollins Publishers
- Date of Publication10/09/2015
- SubjectMilitary History
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintWilliam Collins
- Content NoteIndex
- Weight1020 g
- Width159 mm
- Height240 mm
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