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Product Details

  • Paperback: 282 pages
  • Publisher: History Publishing Co LLC (January 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933909366
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933909363
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,605,188 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...captivating...causes reader to forget the story ...is reality and not fiction...an incredible, absorbing memoir." -- Rachel Laudiero, Old Musty Books, Featured Review

"...fascinating glimpse into the behind-the-scenes machinations occurring when a false step could have set off World War III." -- Alan Caruba, Bookview.com

"...living history at its best...if you read only one book in 2008, make sure it is this one." -- Simon Barrett, Blogger News Network

"...the kind of history that you will only find in the deepest part of the archives in Washington,D.C." -- Herbert Werlin, World Bank

"Real-life Casablanca. Fascinating reading, something of which few of us are even aware." -- Peter Shultis, The Virginia Gazette

"Stupendous events are recounted in studied language and style, giving powerful authenticity to the story that unfolds." -- Peter Davies, World Politics

Finalist Book of the Year Award --Foreword Magazine

Nominated for Best Book concerning national security issue during Truman Administration --Harry S. Truman Library

About the Author

James J. Heaphey was an undercover operative for the United States Air Force during the Cold War years of the Fifties. He is a Professor Emeritus, Rockefeller College of Public Policy and Administration, State University of NY. He has written three academic books and served as a consultant to various emerging governments. His PhD was taken U. of California, Berkeley.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on February 2, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Legerdemain: The President's Secret Plan, The Bomb, and What The French Never Knew... is the true-life memoir of former U.S. Air Force undercover operative James J. Heaphey, who was charged with carrying out the President's secret plan when he was stationed in French Morocco during the 1950s. The French colonial empire was crumbling, with Indo China lost and North Africa soon to follow, so the United States opted to initiate a dangerous game of the Cold War. The goal: to influence Morocco away from the French colonial system and into the American sphere of influence. From the secret storage of atom bombs at some American Air Bases, to the workings of Britain's M16, Israel's Mossad, America's CIA, France's Security Services, the Soviet Union's KGB, and the French Foreign Legion, Legerdemain shines a light on intrigue more complicated than the most intricate spy fiction, as supported by recently declassified files. An utterly fascinating glimpse into historical power-wrangling and high-stakes diplomacy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Martyn Ryan on February 9, 2008
Format: Paperback
A tremendous read. This book moves along at a blistering pace. And it all actually happened. James Heaphey tells his story with great enthusiasm and really illuminates the inner workings of Government Agencies. I hope he has more stories to tell.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jack Lott on February 23, 2008
Format: Paperback
Legerdemain is a crackling good yarn. It's also an unexpected five-star mixture of history and travelogue stirred into a Cold War memoir. Oh, to have such memories.
As a Middle East specialist, I read books, magazines and web sites from necessity. I don't often enjoy much of the stuff I have to read to keep up. Legerdemain is a happy exception. I've added it to my bibliography because I found a gem of prediction among Jim Heaphey's well-crafted recollections. But you don't need utility as a motive to pick up this book, although you may learn a few things of interest, if you do. This is a five-star tome for me because I found a forewarning of our confusion over the current conflict with Islamists that is pertinent to my work. It could earn your five-star rating for any number of other reasons: clear writing, believable people, exotic locales and a special viewpoint into the early days of our conflict with the Soviets are all worthwhile reasons to follow this narrative for the fun of it. You are as likely to find a bonus in it as I did.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By G. Panter, M.D. on May 3, 2008
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James J. Heaphy has provided the perfect picaresque historical account of daring and brio and spying in a Morocco which is struggling for its independence from the French. Heaphy is the perfect tour guide for the labyrinthine route; he provides an operational narrative of entwined complexities with delightful intricate details of privity that can only be supplied by someone uniquely qualified because he was an active participant in the intrigue of the time.
But history is infinite, and for me the most important function of this historical memoir is that it enables one to appreciate all the more the subsequent metamorphosis to the modern moderate Morocco, guided by the brilliance and inspired leadership of Mohammed VI, the present king of Morocco. With Morocco poised to lead in assuaging the many factions of the Middle East, Legerdemain contrasts for us in bold relief what we hope that rational leadership can accomplish.
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