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Spymistress: The True Story of the Greatest Female Secret Agent of World War II Paperback – November 1, 2011
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About the Author
William Stevenson was trained in aerial espionage as a British naval fighter pilot during World War II. A respected historian and expert on covert warfare, he is the author of sixteen books, including Intrepid’s Last Case, Kiss the Boys Goodbye, and Ninety Minutes at Entebbe. He lives in Toronto.
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This subject could have been such an exciting read but it is impossible to follow the story line. The author assumes we all know & understand what he's talking about. He has no real explanations about all the different departments, other than a long boring list which makes for hard reading and by the time you start the book you have forgotten what the initials stand for.
The book portrays the English as a bunch of Hooray Henry's which I am sure there were some but not every man in the UK is a bumbling idiot. Nor were the English pro Hitler except for a select few aristocrats. It is true the English did not want to go back to war. Who would after the devastation of WWI. I have read 37% but I can go no further. I shall not read more of his books.
I find the European part of WWII very interesting and this particular subject area particularly interesting; I assumed I could blast through any bad writing, but I simply can't figure out what his point is more than half the time. "Incoherent" is the summary word I would use for this extremely unsatisfactory text. Unlike some reviewers who feel they have to finish every book they start, I feel that life is much too short and I have too much I want to do and experience to waste time on writing such as in this book--I'm quitting at 16% (Kindle).
I guess if you want a story that provided useless information about the history of Great Britain, France, to be famous authors, who is going to head the CIA (OSS) after the war and host of other non-essential facts, you might like this.
Let us also not forget the underlying story of getting the cryptologists out of Poland. They did crack the three-wheel enigma machine. And what of Poland being a sovereign country after the war? Oh yeah, Stalin’s going to be all for that!
Who will like this? Good question. There are some excellent nuggets of information and history scattered through this conglomeration. I guess, if you want to know how turbulent the political atmosphere was in White Hall and how infighting tried to derail Churchill’s attempts at pulling the country together and fighting the Germans and to a lesser degree, the spread of Communism, it’s not a bad read
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