'Blinker' Hall: Spymaster: The Man Who Brought America into World War I

'Blinker' Hall: Spymaster: The Man Who Brought America into World War I

by David Ramsay
     
 

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Admiral Sir Reginald “Blinker” Hall, the director of Naval Intelligence for most of World War I, was one of the outstanding—if largely unrecognized—naval leaders of the war and this is a gripping study of this fascinating man and his invaluable legacy. Naval Intelligence’s ability to read and analyze German naval and diplomatic signals

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Admiral Sir Reginald “Blinker” Hall, the director of Naval Intelligence for most of World War I, was one of the outstanding—if largely unrecognized—naval leaders of the war and this is a gripping study of this fascinating man and his invaluable legacy. Naval Intelligence’s ability to read and analyze German naval and diplomatic signals on a daily basis was a significant factor in the Allied victory, as the Germans never realized that their codes had been broken. The revelation of the Zimmermann Telegram, depicted as one of the most exciting events in the history of intelligence, was astutely handled by Hall and served as the catalyst that brought America into the war in April 1917. The effective interface between intelligence and operations, instituted by Hall and the antisubmarine chief, together with the introduction of convoys resulted in the defeat of the seemingly unstoppable U-boats. Hall’s dynamic leadership, talent for lateral thinking, and force of personality were essential to these successes, but above all, Hall was endowed with the guile and ruthlessness that kept him one step ahead of a formidable and determined enemy as well as their widespread espionage and subversion operations.

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"An exceptionally detailed as well as dramatic and moving account . . . An indispensable addition to maritime and First World War history."  —Kirkus UK on Lusitania: Saga and Myth

"A very important book for anyone interested in the naval and diplomatic aspects of the Great War or in intelligence operations."  —The NYMAS Review

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ISBN-13:
9780752453989
Publisher:
The History Press
Publication date:
04/01/2010
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)

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