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The game of the foxes: The untold story of German espionage in the United States and Great Britain during World War II Hardcover – 1971


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  • Hardcover: 878 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Books (1971)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0007AHDCG
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 2.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,324,902 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jason Stansfield on January 30, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book was recommended by someone I respect very much. It was definately an interesting look into the planting, hunting, and detention of the German spies before, during, and after World War II.

The Double-Cross system was also informative as well, and the games that spies on all sides played in order to make certain their side won were informative and interesting.

Some of the things that were done were quite simple and some were extremely difficult and diverse. It was definately worth purchasing and I only wish I had heard of the book sooner than last year.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Herbert H. Highstone on November 1, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book is ostensibly about German espionage, but the political history includes a great deal of information that will startle many readers. Here you can read the hidden and disgraceful facts that led up to the incredible slaughter of WWII. I will give just one example. Here are the first few paragraphs of Chapter 11:

In 1936 the British colony in Holland was badly shaken by a scandal. On September 4, Major Dalton was found shot dead in his quarters. It was a plain case of suicide. An audit of his books had revealed a substantial shortage in a special slush fund entrusted to his care.

Earlier in the year, the British had abruptly begun to block the migration of Europe's frantic Jews to Palestine. The Zionists responded by organizing an underground railroad on which able-bodied young Jews were smuggled into the Holy Land from Germany and Poland via Hungary, Rumania, and Turkey. The British Secret Service was assigned the task of combatting this illegal immigration, and a special "Palestine Fund" was appropriated for the Secret Service by the Foreign Office to finance the operation.

Dalton was given 60,000 pounds from this fund. However, even though he had a salary of 12,000 guilders a year with an expense account, Dalton dipped into the Palestine till to defray a costly love affair that was overtaxing his own means. When an audit discovered that 2,000 pounds was missing from the Palestine Fund, and Dalton could not raise the money to make up the shortage, he killed himself.

As history, this is totally fascinating. What did the British expect the Jews of Europe to do? The Nazi threat was already very clear to anyone of Jewish ancestry. Of course they wanted to escape. And yet the British government apparently wanted to condemn these people to death.
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By Brad Rockwell on February 25, 2014
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Very detailed and fascinating account of some of the more hidden aspects of World War II history. The portion on Texaco's collaboration with the Nazis provided the most complete story of any other book I have read. But there are weaknesses. The biggest is that there are no footnotes or endnotes; just a huge list of source materials. The second weakness is that he, without any disclosed justification, makes sidebar comments exonerating the motives of certain Texaco officials who were Nazi collaborators. The evidence indicates that most of these people were not innocents but were very pro-Nazi. Its not that it is impossible that they really were innocent dupes, but Farago provides no evidence to support his suppositions that they were.
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By Bob on November 24, 2014
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well written and very well researched. A fascinating story of Nazi Germany's espionage operations prior to and during WWII.
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