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Betrayal - The Secret Lives Of Apartheid Spies (Paperback): Jonathan Ancer Betrayal - The Secret Lives Of Apartheid Spies (Paperback)
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R295 R254 Discovery Miles 2 540 Save R41 (14%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

What does it take to deceive those closest to you? How do you lead a double life and not lose yourself? Is there ever a point of return? Jonathan Ancer explores these questions in the tales of SA’s spies: from the navy superspy on the Russian payroll to the party girl who fell in love with Cuba and the idealistic students used and abused in apartheid’s intelligence war.

Ancer gets under the skin of what it takes to betray those closest to you – and what it is means to be betrayed.

Undercover With Mandela's Spies - The Story Of The Boy Who Crossed The Square (Paperback): Bradley D. Steyn, Mark Fine Undercover With Mandela's Spies - The Story Of The Boy Who Crossed The Square (Paperback)
Bradley D. Steyn, Mark Fine
R240 R198 Discovery Miles 1 980 Save R42 (18%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

In this riveting undercover spy drama, Bradley Steyn tells the story of his journey from a boy caught in the middle of the Strijdom Square massacre, to acting out his PTSD working for the apartheid security branch. Finally he ends up being recruited by MK and used to infiltrate the crazed right-wing whose mission is to destabilise a South Africa on the brink of peace.

With these forces pushing the nation towards a bloody race war, will his time run out before they discover he is working for Mandela's spies?

This astonishing true-life thriller reveals for the first time some of the dirty secrets of a dirty war.

Blood On Their Hands - General Johan Booysen Reveals His Truth (Paperback): Jessica Pitchford Blood On Their Hands - General Johan Booysen Reveals His Truth (Paperback)
Jessica Pitchford 7
R290 R240 Discovery Miles 2 400 Save R50 (17%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

When Johan Booysen hears that the new Provincial Police Chief takes backhanders from a Durban businessman, he decides to give her the benefit of the doubt. But the evidence becomes impossible to ignore and he soon gets dragged down the corridors of power and politics into a web of intrigue, deceit and betrayal that, at times, he has trouble making sense of.

Only when he is arrested, handcuffed and tossed into a cell does Booysen realise just how ruthless those opposed to him are – an opposition he comes to call the ‘cabal’ – and whom he believes have more blood on their hands than the so-called Cato Manor Death Squad with which he is closely associated.

Blood On Their Hands traces Johan Booysen’s life and career – from patrolling the streets of Amanzimtoti in the 1970s to his rise in 2010 to major general and head of KZN’s Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation unit, the Hawks. But his tenure is short-lived. When Booysen decides to take on those so determined to be rid of him, each legal battle he wins is met by hostility and further efforts to shut him out of the of the criminal justice system. But capitulating is not in his DNA…

Agent 407 - A South African Spy Breaks Her Silence (Paperback): Olivia Forsyth Agent 407 - A South African Spy Breaks Her Silence (Paperback)
Olivia Forsyth 2
R260 R208 Discovery Miles 2 080 Save R52 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

In the world of espionage, truth is the first victim and nothing is as it seems. Here, for the first time, South Africa’s most notorious apartheid spy, Olivia Forsyth, lays bare the story of her remarkable life. With remarkable courage and brutal honesty she attempts to set the record straight.

Olivia Forsyth was a romantic young woman in search of adventure when she joined the Security Police with visions of international derring-do. But Craig Williamson, her unit head, had other ideas. Olivia was trained to spy on students before being dispatched to Rhodes University, a supposed ‘hotbed’ of anti-apartheid radicalism. It wasn’t long before Olivia had infiltrated various student organisations, feeding vital information back to her handler.

She came to hold prominent positions on campus and, as reward, was promoted to Lieutenant. Having reached the end of her studies, Olivia set her sights on a much more ambitious – and dangerous – target: the ANC in exile. But what should have been her greatest triumph as a spy turned into disaster when the ANC threw her into Quatro, the notorious internment camp in Angola. This is a riveting story set in the final years of apartheid.

Circle of Treason - A CIA Account of Traitor Aldrich Ames and the Men He Betrayed (Paperback): Sandra Grimes, Jeanne... Circle of Treason - A CIA Account of Traitor Aldrich Ames and the Men He Betrayed (Paperback)
Sandra Grimes, Jeanne Vertefeuille
R478 R396 Discovery Miles 3 960 Save R82 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

One of the most destructive traitors in American history, CIA officer Aldrich Ames provided information to the Soviet Union that contributed to the deaths of at least ten Soviet intelligence officers who spied for the United States. In this book, the two CIA officers directly responsible for tracking down Ames chronicle their involvement in the hunt for a mole. Considering it their personal mission, Sandra Grimes and Jeanne Vertefeuille dedicated themselves to identifying the traitor responsible for the execution or imprisonment of the Soviet agents with whom they worked. Their efforts eventually led them to a long-time acquaintance and coworker in the CIA's Soviet-East European division and Counterintelligence Center, Aldrich Ames. Not only is this the first book to be written by the CIA principals involved, but it is also the first to provide details of the operational contact with the agents Ames betrayed. Among those agents was GRU Gen. Dmitriy Fedorovich Polyakov, the highest-ranking spy run by the U.S. government during the Cold War. Described as the "Crown Jewel," Polyakov provided the United States with a treasure trove of information during his 20-plusyear history of cooperation. The general's story, along with those of other GRU and KGB officers, including Col. Leonid Georgiyevich Poleshchuk and Col. Vladimir Mikhaylovich Piguzov, and Sergey Vorontsov are revealed for the first time in detailed operational histories by the authors who worked on their cases. The book also covers the aftermath of Ames's arrest, including the Congressional wrath for not identifying him sooner, the FBI/CIA debriefings following Ames's plea bargain, and a retrospective of Ames the person and Ames the spy. Now retired from the CIA, Grimes and Vertefeuille are finally able to tell this inside story of the CIA's most notorious traitor and the men he betrayed.

Agent Sonya - Lover, Mother, Soldier, Spy (Paperback): Ben MacIntyre Agent Sonya - Lover, Mother, Soldier, Spy (Paperback)
Ben MacIntyre
R350 R280 Discovery Miles 2 800 Save R70 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

A TOP TEN SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER The incredible story of the greatest female spy in history, from one of Britain's most acclaimed historians In a quiet English village in 1942, an elegant housewife emerged from her cottage to go on her usual bike ride. A devoted wife and mother-of-three, the woman known to her neighbours as Mrs Burton seemed to epitomise rural British domesticity. However, rather than pedalling towards the shops with her ration book, she was racing through the Oxfordshire countryside to gather scientific intelligence from one of the country's most brilliant nuclear physicists. Secrets that she would transmit to Soviet intelligence headquarters via the radio transmitter she was hiding in her outdoor privy. Far from a British housewife, 'Mrs Burton' - born Ursula Kuczynski, and codenamed 'Sonya' - was a German Jew, a dedicated communist, a colonel in Russia's Red Army, and a highly-trained spy. From planning an assassination attempt on Hitler in Switzerland, to spying on the Japanese in Manchuria, and helping the Soviet Union build the atom bomb, Sonya conducted some of the most dangerous espionage operations of the twentieth century. Her story has never been told - until now. Agent Sonya is the exhilarating account of one woman's life; a life that encompasses the rise and fall of communism itself, and altered the course of history. 'Macintyre does true-life espionage better than anyone else' John Preston 'His best book yet' The Times

Screening the System - Exposing Security Clearance Dangers (Hardcover): Martha Louise Deutscher Screening the System - Exposing Security Clearance Dangers (Hardcover)
Martha Louise Deutscher
R544 R446 Discovery Miles 4 460 Save R98 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The Personnel Security Clearance System-the process by which the federal government incorporates individuals into secret national-security work-is flawed. After twenty-three years of federal service, Martha Louise Deutscher explores the current system and the amount of power afforded to the state in contrast to that afforded to those who serve it. Deutscher's timely examination of the U.S. screening system shows how security clearance practices, including everything from background checks and fingerprinting to urinalysis and the polygraph, shape and transform those individuals who are subject to them. By bringing participants' testimonies to light, Deutscher looks at the efficacy of various practices while extracting revealing cultural insights into the way we think about privacy, national security, patriotism, and the state. In addition to exposing the stark realities of a system that is in critical need of rethinking, Screening the System provides recommendations for a more effective method that will be of interest to military and government professionals as well as policymakers and planners who work in support of U.S. national security.

Return to the Reich: A Holocaust Refugee's Secret Mission to Defeat the Nazis (Paperback): Eric Lichtblau Return to the Reich: A Holocaust Refugee's Secret Mission to Defeat the Nazis (Paperback)
Eric Lichtblau
R368 R305 Discovery Miles 3 050 Save R63 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The remarkable story of Fred Mayer, a German-born Jew who escaped Nazi Germany only to return as an American commando on a secret mission behind enemy lines Growing up in Germany, Freddy Mayer witnessed the Nazis' rise to power. When he was sixteen, his family made the decision to flee to the United States--they were among the last German Jews to escape, in 1938. In America, Freddy tried enlisting the day after Pearl Harbor, only to be rejected as an "enemy alien" because he was German. He was soon recruited to the OSS, the country's first spy outfit before the CIA. Freddy, joined by Dutch Jewish refugee Hans Wynberg and Nazi defector Franz Weber, parachuted into Austria as the leader of Operation Greenup, meant to deter Hitler's last stand. He posed as a Nazi officer and a French POW for months, dispatching reports to the OSS via Hans, holed up with a radio in a nearby attic. The reports contained a gold mine of information, provided key intelligence about the Battle of the Bulge, and allowed the Allies to bomb twenty Nazi trains. On the verge of the Allied victory, Freddy was captured by the Gestapo and tortured and waterboarded for days. Remarkably, he persuaded the region's Nazi commander to surrender, completing one of the most successful OSS missions of the war. Based on years of research and interviews with Mayer himself, whom the author was able to meet only months before his death at the age of ninety-four, Return to the Reich is an eye-opening, unforgettable narrative of World War II heroism.

The Spy Who Tried to Stop a War - Inspiration for the Major Motion Picture Official Secrets (Paperback): Marcia Mitchell,... The Spy Who Tried to Stop a War - Inspiration for the Major Motion Picture Official Secrets (Paperback)
Marcia Mitchell, Thomas Mitchell 1
R230 R184 Discovery Miles 1 840 Save R46 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

INSPIRATION FOR THE MAJOR MOTION PICTURE OFFICIAL SECRETS FEATURING A NEW INTRODUCTION In January 2003, 28-year-old GCHQ translator Katharine Gun received an email from the US National Security Agency that would turn her world upside down. The message requested Katharine's assistance in co-ordinating an illegal US-UK spy operation which would secure UN authorisation for the Iraq invasion. Horrified, she decided to leak the information to the British press. Katharine's decision would change her life forever, as she was arrested under the Official Secrets Act whilst becoming a cause celebre for political activists. The Spy Who Tried to Stop a War is the definitive account of a whistleblower case that reads like a thriller, and will ask you the same question that was asked of Katharine that cold January day - where do your true loyalties lie?

Dark Mirror - Edward Snowden and the Surveillance State (Paperback): Barton Gellman Dark Mirror - Edward Snowden and the Surveillance State (Paperback)
Barton Gellman 1
R350 R280 Discovery Miles 2 800 Save R70 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

'A remarkable, authentic and chilling expose of a global conspiracy that reads like a first-rate conspiracy thriller: a book of gripping, compulsive and disturbing impact' William Boyd Dark Mirror is the ultimate inside account of the vast, global surveillance network that now pervades all our lives. Barton Gellman's informant called himself 'Verax' - the truth-teller. It was only later that Verax unmasked himself as Edward Snowden. But Gellman's primary role in bringing Snowden's revelations to light, for which he shared the Pulitzer prize, is only the beginning of this gripping real-life spy story. Snowden unlocked the door: here Gellman describes what he found on the other side over the course of a years-long journey of investigation. It is also the story of his own escalating battle against unknown digital adversaries after he discovered his own name on a file in the NSA document trove and realised that he himself was under attack. Through a gripping narrative of paranoia, clandestine operations and jaw-dropping revelations, Dark Mirror delineates in full for the first time the hidden superstructure that connects government espionage with Silicon Valley and the most powerful corporation whose name you've never heard. Who is spying on us and why? Here are the answers.

From Russia with Blood - The Kremlin's Ruthless Assassination Program and Vladimir Putin's Secret War on the West... From Russia with Blood - The Kremlin's Ruthless Assassination Program and Vladimir Putin's Secret War on the West (Paperback)
Heidi Blake
R446 R380 Discovery Miles 3 800 Save R66 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Principled Spying - The Ethics of Secret Intelligence (Hardcover): David Omand, Mark Phythian Principled Spying - The Ethics of Secret Intelligence (Hardcover)
David Omand, Mark Phythian
R531 R433 Discovery Miles 4 330 Save R98 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The question of how far a state should authorise its agents to go in seeking and using secret intelligence is one of the big unresolved issues of public policy for democracies today. The tension between security and privacy sits at the heart of broader debates concerning the relationship between the citizen and the state. The public needs-and wants-protection from the very serious threats posed by domestic and international terrorism, from serious criminality, to be safe in using cyberspace, and to have active foreign and aid policies to help resolve outstanding international problems. Secret intelligence is widely accepted to be essential to these tasks, and to be a legitimate function of the nation state, yet the historical record is that it also can pose significant ethical risks. Principled Spying lays out a framework for thinking about public policy in this area by clarifying the relationship between ethics and intelligence, both human and technical. In this book, intelligence expert Mark Phythian teams up with the former head of Britain's GCHQ signals and intelligence agency to try to resolve the knotty question of secret intelligence-and how far it should be allowed to go in a democratic society.

The Lady is a Spy: Virginia Hall, World War II's Most Dangerous Secret Agent (Paperback): Don Mitchell The Lady is a Spy: Virginia Hall, World War II's Most Dangerous Secret Agent (Paperback)
Don Mitchell 2
R212 R165 Discovery Miles 1 650 Save R47 (22%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Learn about Virginia Hall, the "most dangerous of all Allied spies", in this exciting narrative biography! Virginia never thought she'd be a spy. The young American had been working for the State Department overseas when she was involved in a serious accident. Despite this setback, Hall was eager to do something to help the Allies win World War II. She made her way to France where she helped coordinate underground resistance movements, sabotaging the Nazis at every turn. Her covert operations, including capturing 500 Germans, greatly contributed to the Allies' eventual win. In The Lady is a Spy, award-winning author Don Mitchell (The Freedom Summer Murders) explores the fascinating life of America's greatest female spy. Thoroughly researched and full of rarely seen photographs from Virginia Hall's family, this is an extraordinary, in-depth look at a true hero.

The Nazi Spy Ring in America - Hitler's Agents, the FBI, and the Case That Stirred the Nation (Hardcover): Rhodri... The Nazi Spy Ring in America - Hitler's Agents, the FBI, and the Case That Stirred the Nation (Hardcover)
Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones
R666 R541 Discovery Miles 5 410 Save R125 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In the mid-1930s, just as the United States was embarking on a policy of neutrality, Nazi Germany launched a program of espionage against the unwary nation. Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones's fascinating history provides the first full account of Nazi spies in 1930s America and how they were exposed in a high-profile FBI case that became a national sensation.

The Secret War - Spies, Codes and Guerrillas 1939-1945 (Paperback, Edition): Max Hastings The Secret War - Spies, Codes and Guerrillas 1939-1945 (Paperback, Edition)
Max Hastings 1
R322 R239 Discovery Miles 2 390 Save R83 (26%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

`As gripping as any spy thriller, Hastings's achievement is especially impressive, for he has produced the best single volume yet written on the subject' Sunday Times `Authoritative, exciting and notably well written' Daily Telegraph `A serious work of rigourous and comprehensive history ... royally entertaining and readable' Mail on Sunday In The Secret War, Max Hastings presents a worldwide cast of characters and extraordinary sagas of intelligence and Resistance to create a new perspective on the greatest conflict in history. The book links tales of high courage ashore, at sea and in the air to the work of the brilliant `boffins' battling the enemy's technology. Here are not only the unheralded codebreaking geniuses of Bletchley Park, but also their German counterparts who achieved their own triumphs and the fabulous espionage networks created, and so often spurned, by the Soviet Union. With its stories of high policy and human drama, the book has been acclaimed as the best history of the secret war ever written.

Proof of Corruption - Bribery, Impeachment, and Pandemic in the Age of Trump (Hardcover): Seth Abramson Proof of Corruption - Bribery, Impeachment, and Pandemic in the Age of Trump (Hardcover)
Seth Abramson
R749 R611 Discovery Miles 6 110 Save R138 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Ratline - Love, Lies and Justice on the Trail of a Nazi Fugitive (Paperback): Philippe Sands The Ratline - Love, Lies and Justice on the Trail of a Nazi Fugitive (Paperback)
Philippe Sands
R355 R284 Discovery Miles 2 840 Save R71 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

The new book by the winner of the Baillie Gifford Prize and author of the Sunday Times bestseller EAST WEST STREET - a historical detective story that sets out to uncover the truth behind what happened to leading Nazi Otto von Wachter

As Governor of Galicia, SS Brigadefuhrer Otto Freiherr von Wachter presided over an authority on whose territory hundreds of thousands of Jews and Poles were killed, including the family of the author's grandfather. By the time the war ended in May 1945, he was indicted for 'mass murder'. Hunted by the Soviets, the Americans, the Poles and the British, as well as groups of Jews, Wachter went on the run. He spent three years hiding in the Austrian Alps, assisted by his wife Charlotte, before making his way to Rome where he was helped by a Vatican bishop. He remained there for three months. While preparing to travel to Argentina on the 'ratline' he died unexpectedly, in July 1949, a few days after spending a weekend with an 'old comrade'.

In The Ratline Philippe Sands offers a unique account of the daily life of a senior Nazi and fugitive, and of his wife. Drawing on a remarkable archive of family letters and diaries, he unveils a fascinating insight into life before and during the war, on the run, in Rome, and into the Cold War. Eventually the door is unlocked to a mystery that haunts Wachter's youngest son, who continues to believe his father was a good man - what happened to Otto Wachter, and how did he die?

The Folly and the Glory - America, Russia, and Political Warfare 1945-2020 (Hardcover): Tim Weiner The Folly and the Glory - America, Russia, and Political Warfare 1945-2020 (Hardcover)
Tim Weiner
R663 R538 Discovery Miles 5 380 Save R125 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Qanon And The Great Awakening (Paperback): Martin Geddes Qanon And The Great Awakening (Paperback)
Martin Geddes; Michael Knight
R337 Discovery Miles 3 370 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Cry Havoc (Paperback): Simon Mann Cry Havoc (Paperback)
Simon Mann
R260 R208 Discovery Miles 2 080 Save R52 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

On 7 March 2004, former SAS soldier and mercenary Simon Mann prepared to take off from Harare International Airport with a plane full of heavy weaponry and guns for hire. Their destination: Equatorial Guinea. Their intention: to remove one of the most brutal dictators in Africa in a privately organised coup d’etat. The plot had the tacit approval of Western intelligence agencies. It had the backing of a European government, and the endorsement of a former Prime Minister. Simon Mann had personally planned, overseen and won two wars in Angola and Sierra Leone. Everything should have gone right. Why, then, did it go so wrong?

When Simon Mann was released from five years’ incarceration in some of Africa’s toughest prisons, he made worldwide headlines. Since then, he has spoken to nobody about his experiences.

Now he is telling everything, including:

  • The full involvement of Mark Thatcher in the coup d’etat.
  • How a former Prime Minister personally endorsed the coup during face to face meetings with Simon Mann.
  • The financial involvement of two controversial and internationally famous members of the House of Lords in the plot, backed up by banking records.
  • How the British government approached Simon in the months preceding the Iraq war, to suggest ways in which a justified invasion of Iraq could be engineered.
  • Simon will also tell of his pain when he had to tell his wife Amanda, who gave birth to their fourth child while he was incarcerated, that he believed he would never be freed.
This is Simon Mann’s remarkable first-hand account of his life: an account that will read like a thriller as it takes us into the world of mercenaries and spooks; of murky international politics, big oil and big bucks; of action, danger, love, despair and betrayal.
The Spymasters - How the CIA Directors Shape History and the Future (Hardcover): Chris Whipple The Spymasters - How the CIA Directors Shape History and the Future (Hardcover)
Chris Whipple
R669 R545 Discovery Miles 5 450 Save R124 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Traitor and the Spy - Benedict Arnold and John Andre James (Paperback, Syracuse University Press ed): James Thomas Flexner Traitor and the Spy - Benedict Arnold and John Andre James (Paperback, Syracuse University Press ed)
James Thomas Flexner
R495 R424 Discovery Miles 4 240 Save R71 (14%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

An account of the traitorous trio who almost toppled the American nation at its birth. Benedict Arnold offered to sell his soldiers, with the key fortress of West Point, and to deliver to the enemy, dead or alive, George Washington. The plot promised to destroy the American battle of freedom.

Agents of Terror - Ordinary Men and Extraordinary Violence in Stalin's Secret Police (Paperback): Alexander Vatlin Agents of Terror - Ordinary Men and Extraordinary Violence in Stalin's Secret Police (Paperback)
Alexander Vatlin; Edited by Seth Bernstein; Foreword by Oleg Khlevniuk
R426 Discovery Miles 4 260 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In the Great Terror of 1937 38 more than a million Soviet citizens were arrested or killed for political crimes they didn't commit. What kind of people carried out this violent purge, and what motivated them? This book opens up the world of the Soviet perpetrator for the first time. Focusing on Kuntsevo, the Moscow suburb where Stalin had a dacha, Alexander Vatlin shows how Stalinism rewarded local officials for inventing enemies. Agents of Terror reveals stunning, detailed evidence from archives available for a limited time in the 1990s. Going beyond the central figures of the terror, Vatlin takes readers into the offices and interrogation rooms of secret police at the district level. Spurred at times by ambition, and at times by fear for their own lives, agents rushed to fulfill quotas for arresting ""enemies of the people"" even when it meant fabricating the evidence. Vatlin pulls back the curtain on a Kafkaesque system, forcing readers to reassess notions of historical agency and moral responsibility in Stalin-era crimes.

What We Won - America's Secret War in Afghanistan, 1979-89 (Paperback): Bruce Riedel What We Won - America's Secret War in Afghanistan, 1979-89 (Paperback)
Bruce Riedel
R588 Discovery Miles 5 880 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In February 1989, the CIA's chief in Islamabad famously cabled headquarters a simple message: "We Won." It was an understated coda to the most successful covert intelligence operation in American history. In What We Won , CIA and National Security Council veteran Bruce Riedel tells the story of America's secret war in Afghanistan and the defeat of the Soviet 40th Red Army in the war that proved to be the final battle of the cold war. He seeks to answer one simple question - why did this intelligence operation succeed so brilliantly? Riedel has the vantage point few others can offer: He was ensconced in the CIA's Operations Center when the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan on Christmas Eve 1979. The invasion took the intelligence community by surprise. But the response, initiated by Jimmy Carter and accelerated by Ronald Reagan, was a masterful intelligence enterprise. Many books have been written about intelligence failures - from Pearl Harbor to 9/11. Much less has been written about how and why intelligence operations succeed. The answer is complex. It involves both the weaknesses and mistakes of America's enemies, as well as good judgment and strengths of the United States. Riedel introduces and explores the complex personalities pitted in the war - the Afghan communists, the Russians, the Afghan mujahedin, the Saudis, and the Pakistanis. And then there are the Americans - in this war, no Americans fought on the battlefield. The CIA did not send officers into Afghanistan to fight or even to train. In 1989, victory for the American side of the cold war seemed complete. Now we can see that a new era was also beginning in the Afghan war in the 1980s, the era of the global jihad. This book examines the lessons we can learn from this intelligence operation for the future and makes some observations on what came next in Afghanistan - and what is likely yet to come.

Secret Pigeon Service - Operation Columba, Resistance and the Struggle to Liberate Europe (Paperback): Gordon Corera Secret Pigeon Service - Operation Columba, Resistance and the Struggle to Liberate Europe (Paperback)
Gordon Corera 1
R265 R205 Discovery Miles 2 050 Save R60 (23%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Gordon Corera uses declassified documents and extensive original research to tell the story of MI14(d) and the Secret Pigeon Service for the first time. `This is an amazing story' Simon Mayo, BBC Radio 2 Between 1941 and 1944, sixteen thousand plucky homing pigeons were dropped in an arc from Bordeaux to Copenhagen as part of 'Columba' - a secret British operation to bring back intelligence from those living under Nazi occupation. The messages flooded back written on tiny pieces of rice paper tucked into canisters and tied to the legs of the birds. Authentic voices from rural France, the Netherlands and Belgium - they were sometimes comic, often tragic and occasionally invaluable with details of German troop movements and fortifications, new Nazi weapons, radar system or the deployment of the feared V-1 and V-2 rockets that terrorized London. Who were the people who provided this rich seam of intelligence? Many were not trained agents nor, with a few exceptions, people with any experience of spying. At the centre of this book is the `Leopold Vindictive' network - a small group of Belgian villagers prepared to take huge risks. They were led by an extraordinary priest, Joseph Raskin - a man connected to royalty and whose intelligence was so valuable it was shown to Churchill, leading MI6 to parachute agents in to assist him. A powerful and tragic tale of wartime espionage, the book brings together the British and Belgian sides of the Leopold Vindictive's story and reveals for the first time the wider history of a quirky, quarrelsome band of spy masters and their special wartime operations, as well as how bitter rivalries in London placed the lives of secret agents at risk. It is a book not so much about pigeons as the remarkable people living in occupied Europe who were faced with the choice of how to respond to a call for help, and took the decision to resist.

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