Espionage: The Greatest Spy Operations of the Twentieth Century

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This amazing collection of real-life capers, con games, and subterfuges offers an eye-opening glimpse of the unseen forces behind the most important events of the twentieth century. Documenting twenty-eight secret operations, espionage expert Ernest Volkman unravels the mysteries and provides a shrewd assessment of the impact of covert activity on world history.

This fascinating volume reveals the people, strategies, and plots behind 36 of the world's premiere ...

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Overview

This amazing collection of real-life capers, con games, and subterfuges offers an eye-opening glimpse of the unseen forces behind the most important events of the twentieth century. Documenting twenty-eight secret operations, espionage expert Ernest Volkman unravels the mysteries and provides a shrewd assessment of the impact of covert activity on world history.

This fascinating volume reveals the people, strategies, and plots behind 36 of the world's premiere espionage operations--some never before brought to light, with new details on the more famous. Reading like a collection of riveting adventure stories, it exposes the masterminds, the targets and impact on history of each one. 25 photos.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This collection of espionage and intelligence stories will entertain a wide variety of readers. Each chapter is a good yarn, from the reconstruction of the ULTRA operation, in which the British solved German coded communications, giving the Allies advance warning of Hitler's military intentions, to the misbegotten OSS operation called Cornflakes, which sought to disrupt German morale with altered postage stamps (``a purely lunatic intelligence enterprise that used vast resources to accomplish absolutely nothing''). Other episodes include the Allied deception that convinced the Germans the Normandy landings were a feint, the intelligence disaster at Pearl Harbor, the story of the Walker family spy ring and the ``mole wars'' between the KGB and the CIA. Volkman (Warriors of the Night) offers a memorable depiction of Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, rescuer of Hungarian Jews from the Gestapo; the circumstances of his disappearance in 1945 remain a mystery despite the Russian archival material the author quotes regarding Wallenberg's death. Photos. (Sept.)
Library Journal
This undemanding book of stories, about ten pages each, touches on some of the important, dramatic, and occasionally obscure spy stories of the century. Well, almost-they generally deal with the United States and World War II and Soviet/Cold War espionage. Sometimes the purple prose finds melodrama where it may not really exist: "It was, she thought, something very much like a high-wire act: one small slip and she would fall to her death." Lacking depth or original analysis, these tales-written in a solid Boy's Life style-make quick, pleasant but forgettable reading. Buy only where demand is great for books on espionage.-H. Steck, SUNY at Cortland
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471161578
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/17/1996
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,197,520
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author

ERNEST VOLKMAN is an acknowledged authority on espionage and intelligence. Formerly a prize-winning investigative reporter for Newsday and executive editor of Espionage magazine, he has made media appearances on Nightline, CNN, and the Today show as an expert in the field. Among the books he has written are Spies: The Secret Agents Who Changed the Course of History (also available from Wiley), Secret Intelligence: The Inside Story of America's Espionage Empire, and Warriors of the Night: Spies, Soldiers, and American Intelligence.
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Table of Contents

Introduction
Glossary
The Kingdoms of Espionage
1 The Master Spy's Last Case: The Trust Operation, 1921-1924 3
2 Our Man in Havana: Cuban Double Agents, 1961-1987 16
3 All Quiet on the Western Front: Operation BODYGUARD, 1943-1944 26
4 The Descent of A3725: The Double Cross System, 1940-1945 37
5 Long Island Calling Hamburg: Operation TRAMP, 1939-1941 48
6 The Bronze Goddess: Operation ULTRA, 1939-1945 61
7 "By Guess and by God": Operation MAGIC, 1936-1945 73
8 The Key to Rebecca: Operation KONDOR, 1942 83
9 The Hollow Tennis Racket: Operation GRIFFIN, 1937-1945 95
10 The Biggest Secret: Operation CANDY, 1941-1945 105
11 Black Tom: The German Sabotage Operation, 1915-1917 116
12 A Bullet for General Polyakov: Operation TOP HAT, 1959-1985 126
13 The Mole War: The CIA-KGB Struggle, 1961-1974 139
14 The Mystery of a "Righteous Gentile": The Wallenberg Case, 1944-1990 149
15 The Lady at the Kiosk: The Berlin Spy Carousel, 1966-1989 160
16 Mr. Kent Comes to Tea: The Theft of American Secrets, 1939-1941 167
17 East Wind, Rain: Operation Z, 1932-1941 179
18 Defeat at the Iron Curtain: The CIA's Underground War, 1947-1956 193
19 The Colonel and the Aviatrix: Spying in The Mandates, 1922-1937 205
20 The Cambridge Comintern: The Ring of Five, 1934-1951 217
21 The Family That Spied: The Walker Spy Ring, 1967-1985 227
22 The Pirates of Tel Aviv: Operation PLUMBAT, 1965-1968 239
Epilogue: Espionage as Opera Bouffe: Operation CORNFLAKES, 1944-1945 248
Index 256
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