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Meet Richard Meinertzhagen, chief of British intelligence in East Africa during World War I and an important figure in the Middle East after the war, whose colorful lies had an astounding impace on that period's histories
His tall tales led his friend Ian Fleming to use him as a model for James Bond
The CIA credited his famous deception, "Meinertzhagen's haversack ruse," with winning Palestine for General Allenby's army in 1917but did it really? And did he devise it at all? --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
I was a Meinertzhagen fan until I came across a booklet (Lockman, J. N. Meinertzhagen's Diary Ruse)in which the author related that story told by Meinertzhagen about T. E. Read morePublished on March 19, 2013 by Bob Rothman
A very good book .Its is very sad on the other hand interesting as it "peels back the mask" to reveal the truth behind who Richard Meinertzhagen really was. Read morePublished on December 25, 2012 by mtb
Ernest Hemingway once wrote that the battles fought in World War I East Africa by German General Paul Von Lettow Vorbeck could form the basis of a great novel. Read morePublished on November 8, 2012 by Joel Neuberg
This book, written with a mind for salacious mischief, missed the point of Meinertzhagen's work and tradecraft entirely. Read morePublished on September 18, 2012 by Empire Burlesque
I must admit that my interest fizzled out about a third of the way into this book, from which point I skimmed through it to the end, only reading intently here and there. Read morePublished on May 21, 2012 by T. Collins