Thursday, September 9, 2010

Espionage in World War II

A list of some of the most popular spy stories from World War II.

The Wolves at the Door : The True Story of America's Greatest Female Spy
Judith L. Pearson

Born into wealthy Baltimore circles, Virginia Hall surprisingly found herself working for the British Special Operations Executive, the espionage and sabotage organization, during World War II.

The Hornet's Sting : The Amazing Untold Story of World War II Spy Thomas Sneum
Mark Ryan

Mark Ryan describes how Tommy made incredible escape's from Denmark, while carrying important intelligence about the Nazi atomic bomb and his re
ception in Britain.

Operation Mincemeat : How a Dead Man and a Bizarre Plan Fooled the Nazis and Assured an Allied Victory
Ben Macintyre

In 1943 a body washed ashore off the coast of Spain carrying falsified intelligence documents designed to convince the Germans that Allied forces planned to invade Greece and Sardinia rather than Sicily. The successful execution of this clever ruse, code named "Operation Mincemeat," is the subject of this entertaining nonfiction spy thriller.

of Freedom : The Story of the Navajo Code Talkers of World War II
by Margaret T. Bixler

An account of the creation of
the vocabulary and the training of Navajos to send messages in code. The code was used through the Pacific Campaign and never broken.

My Father's Secret War : A Memoir
Lucinda Franks

From a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist comes a haunting memoir about a daughter's relationship with her distant father and the shocking scars of war he could never reveal.

Combined Fleet Decoded : The Secret History of American Intelligence and the Japanese Navy in World War II

John Prados

Prados gives a new picture of the war in the Pacific, one which will challenge man
y previous conceptions of the way intelligence, of all kinds, was instrumental in defeating Japan.

Zigzag : The Incredible Wartime Exploits of Double Agent Eddie Chapman
by Nicholas Booth

A con man, a womanizer, a thief-and the most remarkable double agent of the World War II. British military intelligence, MI5, called him ZigZag, and he proved to be one of their most valued agents.

Shadows in the Jungle : The Alamo Scouts Behind Japanese Lines in World War II

by Larry Alexander

The national bestselling author of "Biggest Brother" presents this new account of World War II heroism. Alexander follows the footsteps of the men who made up the elite reconnaissance unit that served as General MacArthur's eyes and ears in the Pacific War.

Roosevelt's Secret War : FDR and World War II Espionage

by Joseph E. Persico
Joseph Persico has uncovered a hitherto overlooked dimension of FDR's wartime leadership: his involvement in intelligence and espionage operations. Roosevelt's Secret War is crowded with remarkable revelations: -FDR wanted to bomb Tokyo before Pearl Harbor -A defector from Hitler's inner circle reported directly to the Oval Office -Roosevelt knew before any other world leader of Hitler's plan to invade Russia, just to name a few.

They Dared Return : The True Story of Jewish Spies Behind the Lines in Nazi Germany
Patrick K. O'Donnell

In a style more resembling thriller fiction than history, Virginia-based military historian O'Donnell, who specializes in World War II espionage, tells how several friends who had escaped Germany trained with the US Army for some months, then went to the Alpine Redoubt heavily fortified area in Austria to spy for the Allies.


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