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A classic about real-life WWII espionage, as conducted by its modern master
• A Man Called Intrepid is the classic true story of Sir William Stephenson (codenamed Intrepid) and the spy network he founded that would ultimately stall the Nazi war machine and help win World War II. Ian Fleming, bestselling author of the James Bond novels, once remarked, “James Bond is a highly romanticized version of a true spy. The real thing is William Stephenson.” Illustrated with thirty-two pages of black-and-white photographs, this book describes the infamous “Camp X” spy training center in Ontario, Canada; the breaking of the Ultra Code used by Enigma; and countless tales of assassinations, clandestine activities, guerrilla armies, resistance support, and suicide missions. This modern classic, which reads like fiction, was a national bestseller when first published in 1976.
|Publisher:||Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.40(d)|
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This story couldn't be told until 1976: about the men and women who saw the menace of Hitler and the National Socialists and, as volunteers and working clandestinely, began to organize in Great Britain and America to fight against what seemed to be impossible odds. "Intrepid" himself, a brilliant, brave, and multifaceted man, wrote in the Introduction: "I willingly answered all the author's many and probing questions, for they are part of the larger question that must be answered now and in the future -- 'will the democracies consent to their own survival?' We failed to face that critical question prior to 1939. Not one of the democracies honestly confronted the obvious threats to its survival." We in the free world owe our lives and freedom in large part to these heroic men and women, many of whom were captured and endured torture and were executed. This is their story: it is every generation's decision whether to carry that torch forward.
"Wild Bill" Donovan and Bill Stevenson are only part of this great story. Roosevelt's involvement many months prior to U.S. entering the war is startling. A history lesson that totally involved me for several weeks.