Hitler's Spy Chief: The Wilhelm Canaris Betrayal: The Intelligence Campaign Against Adolf Hitler

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A remarkable tale of espionage and intrigue—the story of Wilhelm Canaris, Hitler’s intelligence chief, and his role in the conspiracy to assassinate the Fu¨hrer
Admiral Wilhelm Canaris was appointed by Hitler to head the Abwehr (the German secret service) eighteen months after the Nazis came to power. But Canaris would turn against the Fu¨hrer and the Nazi regime, believing that Hitler had started a war Germany could not win. In 1938 he was involved in an attempted coup, ...
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Overview

A remarkable tale of espionage and intrigue—the story of Wilhelm Canaris, Hitler’s intelligence chief, and his role in the conspiracy to assassinate the Fu¨hrer
Admiral Wilhelm Canaris was appointed by Hitler to head the Abwehr (the German secret service) eighteen months after the Nazis came to power. But Canaris would turn against the Fu¨hrer and the Nazi regime, believing that Hitler had started a war Germany could not win. In 1938 he was involved in an attempted coup, undermined by British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain.In 1940 he sabotaged the German plan to invade England.For years Canaris played a dangerous double game, desperately trying to keep one step ahead of the Gestapo. SS chief Heinrich Himmler became suspicious of Canaris in 1944,when Abwehr personnel were involved in the botched Operation Valkyrie. The SS had the evidence they needed to arrest Canaris himself; he was executed a few weeks before the end of the war.In this riveting true story, Richard Bassett reveals how Admiral Canaris’s secret work against the German leadership helped change the course of World War II.
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Editorial Reviews

The Financial Times
“An illuminating history.”
The Literary Review
“Canaris himself emerges from these pages as a remarkable man with an iron will, great courage, and a subtle intelligence, who thought that the dirty work of spying became less sordid if conducted by gentlemen.”
From the Publisher
“Bassett delivers a fascinating account of his courageous, frustrated, and ultimately tragic life.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781605984506
  • Publisher: Pegasus
  • Publication date: 7/1/2013
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 785,006
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Bassett has worked in the City for the last fifteen years advising several of Europe’s largest companies. Previously he worked in Central Europe for many years, first as a professional horn player and then as a staff correspondent of the London Times in Vienna, Rome, and Warsaw, where his dispatches covered the end of the Cold War and gave early warning of the impending disintegration of Yugoslavia. He divides his time between London and the Continent.
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