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Examining the espionage and intelligence stories of World War II, 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.
‘As gripping as any spy thriller, Max Hastings’s account of the critical role of intelligence in the Second World War is the best yet on the subject’ The Sunday Times.
‘Hastings is on form. He has set out to provoke thought and discussion and, with his familiar robustness, shotgun at side, he has succeeded’ The Times.
‘Authoritative and exciting’ The Telegraph
‘This compendious, crisply argued and witty assessment of the intelligence operations of the major powers’ Financial Times
PUBLICATION DATE: 10th September 2015
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