In 1942, with a black-market chicken under his arm, Leo Marks left
his father's famous bookshop, 84 Charing Cross Road, and went to
war. He was twenty-two and a cryptopgraher of genius. In Between
Silk and Cyanide, his critically acclaimed account of his time in
SOE, Marks tells how he revolutionised the code-making techniques
of the Allies, trained some of the most famous agents dropped into
France including Violette Szabo and 'the White Rabbit', and why he
wrote haunting verse including his 'The Life that I have' poem. He
reveals for the first time the disastrous dimensions of the code
war between SOE and the Germans in Holland; how the Germans were
fooled into thinking a Secret Army was operating in the Fatherland
itself, and how and why he broke General de Gaulle's secret code.
Both thrilling and poignant, Marks's book is truly one of the last
great Second World War memoirs.
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