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The Secret War: Spies, Codes and Guerrillas 1939-45

Max Hastings
Format
Book
Published
London, England : William Collins, 2015.
Language
English
Variant Title
Secret war : spies, codes and guerillas 1939-1945
ISBN
9780007503919 (Paper), 0007503911 (Paper)
Summary
Packed with insight and terrific spy stories, this masterly book looks at the secret war on a global basis, bringing together the British, American, German, Russian and Japanese histories. In 'The Secret War', Max Hastings examines the espionage and intelligence machines of all sides in World War II, and the impact of spies, code-breakers and partisan operations on events. Written on a global scale, the book brings together accounts from British, American, German, Russian and Japanese sources to tell the story of a secret war waged unceasingly by men and women often far from the battlefields but whose actions profoundly influenced the outcome. Returning to the Second World War for the first time since his best-selling 'All Hell Let Loose', Hastings weaves into a 'big picture' framework, the human stories of spies and intelligence officers who served their respective masters. Told through a series of snapshots of key moments, the book looks closely at Soviet espionage operations which dwarfed those of every other belligerent in scale, as well as the code-breaking operation at Bletchley Park - the greatest intelligence achievement of the conflict - with many more surprising and unfamiliar tales of treachery, deception, betrayal and incompetence by spies of Axis, Allied or indeterminate loyalty.
Description
xxvii, 612 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm.
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages [561]-587) and index.
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