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How Spies Think by David Omand

Title How Spies Think
Author David Omand
Publisher Penguin UK
Release Date 2020-10-29
Category Political Science
Total Pages 368
ISBN 9780241385203
Language English, Spanish, and French
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LONGLISTED FOR THE ORWELL PRIZE FOR POLITICAL WRITING 2021 'One of the best books ever written about intelligence analysis and its long-term lessons' Christopher Andrew, author of The Defence of the Realm: The Authorized History of MI5 'An invaluable guide to avoiding self-deception and fake news' Melanie Phillips, The Times From the former director of GCHQ, Professor Sir David Omand, learn the methodology used by British intelligence agencies to reach judgements, establish the right level of confidence and act decisively. Full of revealing examples from a storied career, including key briefings with Prime Ministers and strategies used in conflicts from the Cold War to the present, in How Spies Think Professor Omand arms us with the tools to sort fact from fiction, and shows us how to use real intelligence every day.

How Spies Think by David Omand

Title How Spies Think
Author David Omand
Publisher Viking
Release Date 2020-10-29
Category
Total Pages 352
ISBN 0241385180
Language English, Spanish, and French
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'One of the best books ever written about intelligence analysis and its long-term lessons. Brilliant, lucid and thought-provoking' Christopher Andrew, author of The Defence of the Realm: The Authorized History of MI5 From the former director of GCHQ, learn the methodology used by the British intelligence agencies to reach judgements, establish the right level of confidence and act decisively. Intelligence officers discern the truth. They gather information - often contradictory or incomplete - and, with it, they build the most accurate possible image of the world. With the stakes at their absolute highest, they must then decide what to do. In everyday life, you are faced with contradictory, incomplete information, too. Reading the news on social media, figuring out the next step in your career, or trying to discover if gossip about a friend is legitimate, you are building an image of the world and making decisions about it. Looking through the eyes of one of Britain's most senior ex-intelligence officers, Professor Sir David Omand, How Spies Think shows how the big decisions in your life will be easier to make when you apply the same frameworks used by British intelligence. Full of revealing examples from his storied career, including key briefings with Prime Ministers from Thatcher to Blair, and conflicts from the Falklands to Afghanistan, Professor Omand arms us with the tools to sort fact from fiction, and shows us how to use real intelligence every day.

How Spies Think by David Omand

Title How Spies Think
Author David Omand
Publisher Penguin UK
Release Date 2021-07
Category
Total Pages 352
ISBN 0241385199
Language English, Spanish, and French
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'One of the best books ever written about intelligence analysis and its long-term lessons. Brilliant, lucid and thought-provoking' Christopher Andrew, author of The Defence of the Realm: The Authorized History of MI5 From the former director of GCHQ, learn the methodology used by the British intelligence agencies to reach judgements, establish the right level of confidence and act decisively. Intelligence officers discern the truth. They gather information - often contradictory or incomplete - and, with it, they build the most accurate possible image of the world. With the stakes at their absolute highest, they must then decide what to do. In everyday life, you are faced with contradictory, incomplete information, too. Reading the news on social media, figuring out the next step in your career, or trying to discover if gossip about a friend is legitimate, you are building an image of the world and making decisions about it. Looking through the eyes of one of Britain's most senior ex-intelligence officers, Professor Sir David Omand, How Spies Think shows how the big decisions in your life will be easier to make when you apply the same frameworks used by British intelligence. Full of revealing examples from his storied career, including key briefings with Prime Ministers from Thatcher to Blair, and conflicts from the Falklands to Afghanistan, Professor Omand arms us with the tools to sort fact from fiction, and shows us how to use real intelligence every day.

City Spies by James Ponti

Title City Spies
Author James Ponti
Publisher Aladdin
Release Date 2021-01-26
Category Juvenile Fiction
Total Pages 400
ISBN 9781534414921
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A New York Times bestseller! A GMA3 Summer Reading Squad Selection! “Ingeniously plotted, and a grin-inducing delight.” —People “Will keep young readers glued to the page…So when do I get the sequel?” —Beth McMullen, author of Mrs. Smith’s Spy School for Girls In this thrilling new series that Stuart Gibbs called “a must-read,” Edgar Award winner James Ponti brings together five kids from all over the world and transforms them into real-life spies—perfect for fans of Spy School and Mrs. Smith’s Spy School for Girls. Sara Martinez is a hacker. She recently broke into the New York City foster care system to expose her foster parents as cheats and lawbreakers. However, instead of being hailed as a hero, Sara finds herself facing years in a juvenile detention facility and banned from using computers for the same stretch of time. Enter Mother, a British spy who not only gets Sara released from jail but also offers her a chance to make a home for herself within a secret MI6 agency. Operating out of a base in Scotland, the City Spies are five kids from various parts of the world. When they’re not attending the local boarding school, they’re honing their unique skills, such as sleight of hand, breaking and entering, observation, and explosives. All of these allow them to go places in the world of espionage where adults can’t. Before she knows what she’s doing, Sara is heading to Paris for an international youth summit, hacking into a rival school’s computer to prevent them from winning a million euros, dangling thirty feet off the side of a building, and trying to stop a villain…all while navigating the complex dynamics of her new team. No one said saving the world was easy…

American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson

Title American Spy
Author Lauren Wilkinson
Publisher Random House
Release Date 2019-02-12
Category Fiction
Total Pages 304
ISBN 9780812998962
Language English, Spanish, and French
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“American Spy updates the espionage thriller with blazing originality.”—Entertainment Weekly “There has never been anything like it.”—Marlon James, GQ “So much fun . . . Like the best of John le Carré, it’s extremely tough to put down.”—NPR NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY CHICAGO TRIBUNE AND ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Review • Time • NPR • Entertainment Weekly • Esquire • BuzzFeed • Vulture • Real Simple • Good Housekeeping • The New York Public Library What if your sense of duty required you to betray the man you love? It’s 1986, the heart of the Cold War, and Marie Mitchell is an intelligence officer with the FBI. She’s brilliant, but she’s also a young black woman working in an old boys’ club. Her career has stalled out, she’s overlooked for every high-profile squad, and her days are filled with monotonous paperwork. So when she’s given the opportunity to join a shadowy task force aimed at undermining Thomas Sankara, the charismatic revolutionary president of Burkina Faso whose Communist ideology has made him a target for American intervention, she says yes. Yes, even though she secretly admires the work Sankara is doing for his country. Yes, even though she is still grieving the mysterious death of her sister, whose example led Marie to this career path in the first place. Yes, even though a furious part of her suspects she’s being offered the job because of her appearance and not her talent. In the year that follows, Marie will observe Sankara, seduce him, and ultimately have a hand in the coup that will bring him down. But doing so will change everything she believes about what it means to be a spy, a lover, a sister, and a good American. Inspired by true events—Thomas Sankara is known as “Africa’s Che Guevara”—American Spy knits together a gripping spy thriller, a heartbreaking family drama, and a passionate romance. This is a face of the Cold War you’ve never seen before, and it introduces a powerful new literary voice. NOMINATED FOR THE NAACP IMAGE AWARD • Shortlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize “Spy fiction plus allegory, and a splash of pan-Africanism. What could go wrong? As it happens, very little. Clever, bracing, darkly funny, and really, really good.”—Ta-Nehisi Coates “Inspired by real events, this espionage thriller ticks all the right boxes, delivering a sexually charged interrogation of both politics and race.”—Esquire “Echoing the stoic cynicism of Hurston and Ellison, and the verve of Conan Doyle, American Spy lays our complicities—political, racial, and sexual—bare. Packed with unforgettable characters, it’s a stunning book, timely as it is timeless.”—Paul Beatty, Man Booker Prizewinning author of The Sellout

The Quiz Book For Spies by Helaine Becker

Title The Quiz Book for Spies
Author Helaine Becker
Publisher Scholastic Canada
Release Date 2012-10-01
Category Espionage
Total Pages 96
ISBN 9781443113380
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Get in touch with your inner spy in this fun quiz book for agents-in-training! Most kids think they are smart, sneaky and stealthy enough to be a super-spy, and at long last, here's a book to let them prove it once and for all! Readers can determine if they have what it takes to be a super-spy -- are they smart, sneaky, stealthy? Do they like their milkshakes shaken, not stirred? Are they suited to a life of high-intrigue or should they take on their school's gossip blog? Is this a fun quiz book or is CSIS recruiting young? Our lips are sealed.

The Spy And The Traitor by Ben Macintyre

Title The Spy and the Traitor
Author Ben Macintyre
Publisher Signal
Release Date 2018-09-18
Category History
Total Pages 384
ISBN 9780771060342
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The celebrated author of A Spy Among Friends and Rogue Heroes returns with his greatest spy story yet, a thrilling Cold War-era tale of Oleg Gordievsky, the Russian whose secret work helped hasten the collapse of the Soviet Union. If anyone could be considered a Russian counterpart to the infamous British double-agent Kim Philby, it was Oleg Gordievsky. The son of two KGB agents and the product of the best Soviet institutions, the savvy, sophisticated Gordievsky grew to see his nation's communism as both criminal and philistine. He took his first posting for Russian intelligence in 1968 and eventually became the Soviet Union's top man in London, but from 1973 on he was secretly working for MI6. For nearly a decade, as the Cold War reached its twilight, Gordievsky helped the West turn the tables on the KGB, exposing Russian spies and helping to foil countless intelligence plots, as the Soviet leadership grew increasingly paranoid at the United States's nuclear first-strike capabilities and brought the world closer to the brink of war. Desperate to keep the circle of trust close, MI6 never revealed Gordievsky's name to its counterparts in the CIA, which in turn grew obsessed with figuring out the identity of Britain's obviously top-level source. Their obsession ultimately doomed Gordievsky: the CIA officer assigned to identify him was none other than Aldrich Ames, the man who would become infamous for secretly spying for the Soviets. Unfolding the delicious three-way gamesmanship between America, Britain, and the Soviet Union, and culminating in the gripping cinematic beat-by-beat of Gordievsky's nail-biting escape from Moscow in 1985, Ben Macintyre's latest may be his best yet. Like the greatest novels of John le Carré, it brings readers deep into a world of treachery and betrayal, where the lines bleed between the personal and the professional, and one man's hatred of communism had the power to change the future of nations.

Spies Among Us by Ira Winkler

Title Spies Among Us
Author Ira Winkler
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Release Date 2005-03-18
Category Computers
Total Pages 346
ISBN 9780764589904
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Ira Winkler has been dubbed "A Modern Day James Bond" by CNN and other media outlets for his ability to simulate espionage attacks against many of the top companies in the world, showing how billions of dollars can disappear. This unique book is packed with the riveting, true stories and case studies of how he did it-and how people and companies can avoid falling victim to the spies among us. American corporations now lose as much as $300 billion a year to hacking, cracking, physical security breaches, and other criminal activity. Millions of people a year have their identities stolen or fall victim to other scams. In Spies Among Us, Ira Winkler reveals his security secrets, disclosing how companies and individuals can protect themselves from even the most diabolical criminals. He goes into the mindset of everyone from small-time hackers to foreign intelligence agencies to disclose cost-effective countermeasures for all types of attacks. In Spies Among Us, readers learn: Why James Bond and Sydney Bristow are terrible spies How a team was able to infiltrate an airport in a post-9/11 world and plant a bomb How Ira and his team were able to steal nuclear reactor designs in three hours The real risks that individuals face from the spies that they unknowingly meet on a daily basis Recommendations for how companies and individuals can secure themselves against the spies, criminals, and terrorists who regularly cross their path

The Secret World by Christopher Andrew

Title The Secret World
Author Christopher Andrew
Publisher Penguin UK
Release Date 2018-06-28
Category Political Science
Total Pages 960
ISBN 9780241305225
Language English, Spanish, and French
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'The most comprehensive narrative of intelligence compiled ... unrivalled' Max Hastings, Sunday Times 'Captivating, insightful and masterly' Edward Lucas, The Times The history of espionage is far older than any of today's intelligence agencies, yet the long history of intelligence operations has been largely forgotten. The first mention of espionage in world literature is in the Book of Exodus.'God sent out spies into the land of Canaan'. From there, Christopher Andrew traces the shift in the ancient world from divination to what we would recognize as attempts to gather real intelligence in the conduct of military operations, and considers how far ahead of the West - at that time - China and India were. He charts the development of intelligence and security operations and capacity through, amongst others, Renaissance Venice, Elizabethan England, Revolutionary America, Napoleonic France, right up to sophisticated modern activities of which he is the world's best-informed interpreter. What difference have security and intelligence operations made to course of history? Why have they so often forgotten by later practitioners? This fascinating book provides the answers.

Principled Spying by David Omand

Title Principled Spying
Author David Omand
Publisher Georgetown University Press
Release Date 2018-04-02
Category Political Science
Total Pages 304
ISBN 9781626165601
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Collecting and analyzing intelligence are essential to national security and an effective foreign policy. The public also looks to its security agencies for protection from terrorism, from serious criminality, and to be safe in using cyberspace. But intelligence activities pose inherent dilemmas for democratic societies. How far should the government be allowed to go in collecting and using intelligence before it jeopardizes the freedoms that citizens hold dear? This is one of the great unresolved issues of public policy, and it sits at the heart of broader debates concerning the relationship between the citizen and the state. In Safe and Sound, national security practitioner David Omand and intelligence scholar Mark Phythian offer an ethical framework for examining these issues and structure the book as an engaging debate. Rather than simply presenting their positions, throughout the book they pose key questions to each other and to the reader and offer contrasting perspectives to stimulate further discussion. They probe key areas of secret intelligence including human intelligence, surveillance, ethics of covert and clandestine actions, and oversight and accountability. The authors disagree on some key questions, but in the course of their debate they demonstrate that it is possible to strike a balance between liberty and security.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy by John le Carré

Title Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Author John le Carré
Publisher Penguin Canada
Release Date 2006-08-22
Category Fiction
Total Pages 400
ISBN 9780143186373
Language English, Spanish, and French
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George Smiley’s deadly game Smiley and his people are facing a remarkable challenge: a mole—a Soviet double agent—who has burrowed his way in and up to the highest level of British Intelligence. His treachery has already blown some of their vital operations and their best networks. The mole is one of their own kind. But who is it?

Palace Of Spies by Sarah Zettel

Title Palace of Spies
Author Sarah Zettel
Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Release Date 2013-11-05
Category Young Adult Fiction
Total Pages 373
ISBN 9780544073753
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A warning to all young ladies of delicate breeding who wish to embark upon lives of adventure: Don't.Sixteen-year-old Peggy is a well-bred orphan who is coerced into posing as a lady in waiting at the palace of King George I. Life is grand, until Peggy starts to suspect that the girl she's impersonating might have been murdered. Unless Peggy can discover the truth, she might be doomed to the same terrible fate. But in a court of shadows and intrigue, anyone could be a spyperhaps even the handsome young artist with whom Peggy is falling in love . . . History and mystery spark in this effervescent series debut.

How To Think Like A Spy by Daniel Brand

Title How to Think Like a Spy
Author Daniel Brand
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2017
Category
Total Pages 86
ISBN 1386513229
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Do you often dream of becoming a top-secret operative? Do the televisions shows such as The Americans or The Bourne Identity catch your attention? Do you find yourself highly engaged in articles about new and improved spy gadgets? Are you curious about what spy skills it really takes to be undercover and work as an emissary? If that’s the case, you have stumbled across a one-of-a-kind book that discusses the valuable and applicable spy secrets about the mental and physical aspects one must possess in order to become a spy!The contents of this book include: Tips of getting into the mindset that is needed to survive dangerous scenarios Situational awareness skills that can help you de-escalate situationsHow to secure your home to protect yourself and your family Safety skills needed when traveling Methods of deciphering when someone is being dishonest Self-defense skills that can be utilized in a variety of situations Skills to help you disappear without a traceDriving skills that will come in handy in the case you need to get away quickly Surveillance skills necessary to survey detailed situationsIf you are unsure you have what it takes to become your own version of a master undercover operative, then the chapters in this book will not only help you build up the confidence you need in yourself, but it will also assist in looking at yourself as a person in a different light! We all have special skill sets, so why not learn how to put them to good use as you learn to mold your mind into that of a spy?How To Think Like Spy was created to be a fun, easy-to-read, and entertaining source of useful information that could help readers really sink their teeth into the behind the scenes life of a spy. I hope you find it resourceful in the case you need to evade danger or seek personal intel on people in your life.

The Best Of Our Spies by Alex Gerlis

Title The Best of Our Spies
Author Alex Gerlis
Publisher Canelo
Release Date 2020-03-02
Category Fiction
Total Pages 86
ISBN 9781788638661
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The Allies have landed, the liberation of Europe has begun. In the Pas de Calais, Nathalie Mercier, a young British Special Operations Executive secret agent working with the French Resistance, disappears. In London, her husband Owen Quinn, an officer with Royal Navy Intelligence, discovers the truth about her role in the Allies' sophisticated deception at the heart of D-Day. Appalled but determined, Quinn sets off on a perilous hunt through France in search of his wife. Aided by the Resistance in his search, he makes good progress. But, caught up by the bitterness of the war and its insatiable appetite for revenge, he risks total destruction. Based on real events of the Second World War, this is a thrilling tale of international intrigue, love, deception and espionage, perfect for fans of Robert Harris, John le Carré and Len Deighton.

The Secret Life Of Spies by Michael Noble

Title The Secret Life of Spies
Author Michael Noble
Publisher Wide Eyed Editions
Release Date 2020-05-05
Category Juvenile Nonfiction
Total Pages 48
ISBN 9780711247567
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Uncover the lives of 20 real-life spies who made it their mission to uncover the truth and collect secret information from their enemies… This book presents personal accounts and testimonies from spies all over the world and throughout history and brings key moments in history to life for young readers. This book journeys around the world and delves back and forth in time to introduce readers to a host of incredible spies who dedicated their lives to world of espionage. Meet Alan Turing whose work cracking the Enigma code helped shorten World War II by a number of years and save countless lives and let Hedy Lamarr prove to you that looks can be deceiving as she put her Hollywood glamour on hold to help advance radio technology. With accounts told through first person narrative, readers will feel like they're meeting some of the most infamous spies of all time. From those involved in reconnaissance, planning and logistics, espionage and development of new technology, this authentic retelling uncovers the secret life of spies in a unique and engaging way. With stylish illustrations from the wonderfully talented Alexander Mostov and informative and compelling text from Michale Noble, this is the secret life of spies.

Rebel Spy by Veronica Rossi

Title Rebel Spy
Author Veronica Rossi
Publisher Ember
Release Date 2021-06-29
Category Juvenile Fiction
Total Pages 368
ISBN 9781524771249
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A reimagining of the story behind Agent 355--a New York society girl and spy for George Washington during the Revolutionary War--perfect for fans of Julie Berry's The Lovely War. Rebellious Frannie Tasker knows little about the war between England and its thirteen colonies in 1776, until a shipwreck off her home in Grand Bahama Island presents an unthinkable opportunity. The body of a young woman floating in the sea gives Frannie the chance to escape her brutal stepfather--and she takes it. Assuming the identity of the drowned Emmeline Coates, Frannie is rescued by a British merchant ship and sails with the crew to New York. For the next three years, Frannie lives a lie as Miss Coates, swept up in a courtship by a dashing British lieutenant. But after witnessing the darker side of the war, she realizes that her position gives her power. Soon she's eavesdropping on British officers, risking everything to pass information on to George Washington's Culper spy ring as agent 355. Frannie believes in the fight for American liberty--but what will it cost her? Inspired by the true "355" and rich in historical detail and intrigue, this is the story of an unlikely New York society girl turned an even unlikelier spy.

A Spy S Guide To Strategy by John Braddock

Title A Spy s Guide to Strategy
Author John Braddock
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2017-09
Category
Total Pages 182
ISBN 0692938826
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Discover a spy's simple tools for strategy. What if you could see world politics through a spy's eyes? What if you could understand events quickly? What if you knew what to expect when you read the news? You can with A Spy's Guide To Strategy. Plus, you can build your own strategy with these tools. You can understand the strategies of co-workers, bosses and competitors. You can see what they're going to do before they do it. Bestselling author John Braddock was a case officer at the CIA. He developed, recruited and handled sources on weapons proliferation, counter-terrorism and political-military issues. A former university fellow, he now helps people and organizations sharpen their thinking about their strategy, their customers and their competition. Buy this book now to discover a spy's simple tools for strategy.

Survive Like A Spy by Jason Hanson

Title Survive Like a Spy
Author Jason Hanson
Publisher Penguin
Release Date 2018-03-06
Category Reference
Total Pages 256
ISBN 9781524705251
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Follow-up to the New York Times bestseller Spy Secrets That Can Save Your Life--revealing high-stakes techniques and survival secrets from real intelligence officers in life-or-death situations around the world Everyone loves a good spy story, but most of the ones we hear are fictional. That's because the most dangerous and important spycraft is done in secret, often hidden in plain sight. In this powerful new book, bestselling author and former CIA officer Jason Hanson takes the reader deep inside the world of espionage, revealing true stories and expert tactics from real agents engaged in life-threatening missions around the world. With breathtaking accounts of spy missions in Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and elsewhere, the book reveals how to: * Achieve mental sharpness to be ready for anything * Escape if taken hostage * Set up a perfect safe site * Assume a fake identity * Master the "Weapons of Mass Influence" to recruit others, build rapport, and make allies when you need them most With real-life spy drama that reads like a novel paired with expert practical techniques, Survive Like a Spy will keep you on the edge of your seat – and help you stay safe when you need it most.

The Swiss Spy by Alex Gerlis

Title The Swiss Spy
Author Alex Gerlis
Publisher Canelo
Release Date 2020-03-02
Category Fiction
Total Pages 384
ISBN 9781788638678
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A thrilling tale based on top-secret Nazi plans to invade the Soviet Union... All spies have secrets, but Henry Hunter has more than most. After he is stopped by British Intelligence at Croydon airport on the eve of the Second World War, he discovers one more devastating than any before. From Switzerland he embarks on a series of increasingly perilous missions into Nazi Germany, all while having to cope with various identities and competing spymasters. In March, 1941, in Berlin, haunted by a dark episode from his past, he makes a fateful decision, resulting in a dramatic journey to the Swiss frontier and a shocking encounter... A pulse-pounding spy novel for the ages, perfect for fans of Robert Harris, John le Carré and Ken Follett.

Double Cross by Ben Macintyre

Title Double Cross
Author Ben Macintyre
Publisher Signal
Release Date 2020-09-01
Category History
Total Pages 416
ISBN 9780771000935
Language English, Spanish, and French
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From the bestselling author of The Spy and the Traitor, A Spy Among Friends, and Rogue Heroes, a fascinating work of popular history that vividly recreates the vast web of deception spun by spies in order to conceal D-Day. On June 6, 1944, 150,000 Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy and suffered an astonishingly low rate of casualties. A stunning military achievement, it was also a masterpiece of trickery. Operation Fortitude, which protected and enabled the invasion, and the Double Cross system, which specialized in turning German spies into double agents, tricked the Nazis into believing that the Allied attacks would come in Calais and Norway rather than Normandy. It was the most sophisticated and successful deception operation ever carried out, ensuring Allied victory at the most pivotal moment in the war. This epic event has never before been told from the perspective of the key individuals in the Double Cross system, who together made up one of the oddest and most brilliant military units ever assembled. Until now.