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- Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing (December 17, 2013)
- Publication Date: December 17, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00HX1K1J4
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A Man Called Intrepid: The Incredible True Story of the Master Spy Who Helped Win World War II Kindle Edition
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The book is extremely interesting; I considered dropping one star for writing style, since Mr. Stevenson can be hard to follow. (He seems to have little use for transitional devices at key points.) Ultimately I gave full weight to the book's message.
I do recommend the book highly; it will clear up a number of issues that still confuse people concerning WWII. Also the book's relevance to today's secrecy in governmental dealings is well worth the read.
I summarized the mood of the book as 'dark'. That summary was my prevailing opinion as I read the book, based on some rough parallels I noted between recent events and events of the 1930's-1940's.
While the book was fascinating, it was a bit hard to read at times. It did not always follow chronological order which bugged me a bit, but that is a very minor point.
This book is well worth the effort to read.
There is, for instance, a few great references to a man named Colin Gubbins in the first section of the book - a man who snuck into Poland immediately prior to its invasion by Germany to snatch a copy of the Enigma coding machine, and then resurfaced in Norway shortly afterwards to disrupt a heavy water production center (vital to the research and development of nuclear weapons) shortly before it, too, fell into Nazi hands. His activity is the stuff of great spy novels, but is delivered in bare snippets, unconnected from the main through line.
Perhaps the best example of this dissonance - great content delivered poorly - is in the fact that Sir William Stephenson was friends and colleagues with people as wide-ranging as H.G. Wells, George Orwell, Greta Garbo, Wild Bill Donovan, and Ian Fleming, but the book remains stilted and, dare I say it, boring. There is the hint of incredible narratives to be told throughout the book, but at each turn they are tossed away.
I don’t know how you turn the life of a remarkable man like Stephenson into such an off-putting book, but Stevenson managed it. The one upside to the book, though, is that while it frustrated me, it makes me really want to read more about the spycraft of World War II.
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