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- Print Length: 453 pages
- Publisher: True Intrepid; III edition (August 19, 2011)
- Publication Date: August 19, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005IBNSCI
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,619 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The True Intrepid - Sir William Stephenson and the Unknown Agents Kindle Edition
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Macdonald is a journalist from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, who on hearing of the death of Stephenson in 1989, decided to investigate the past of a man who hailed from Winnipeg and was entrusted by British Prime Minister Winston Churchill with serving as his intelligence czar in North America during World War II.
Fortunately for history, Macdonald was able to uncover glimmers of the truth of Stephenson's humble origins; his move to Britain during the 1920s and 1930s; and his businesses. One was steel; through the steel industry, Macdonald may have come to appreciate the Nazi commitment to expanding its military. Churchill became prime minister after the British debacle at Dunkirk. He promptly dispatched Stephenson to the U.S. Based at Rockefeller Center, Stephenson established an aggressive intelligence program and helped advise the U.S. in formation of what became the O.S.S., predecessor of the CIA. Macdonald interviewed a former Univ. of Toronto professor who directed the vital communications links conveying Nazi communications intercepts among British, Canadian, and U.S. codebreakers.
Behind the stories and myths surrounding Stephenson, Macdonald has shone light on some important, classified aspects of World War II. When I read the first edition of this book, I found the story somewhat hard to follow and strange, though also strangely plausible. For the paperback edition, a former CIA staff historian has offered an introduction, probably because he would have had the same reaction.
I am reminded of another recent book (The Secret of Hut 26) reporting how the U.S. developed computers in Dayton, Ohio for attacking Nazi codes.Read more ›
The book goes into much more detail of Intrepid's life, as well as those of some of his associates than the famous Man Called Intrepid book (which is worth reading as well!). This book will inspire and awe anybody! Well researched and well enough written.
Rather than a linear story, much of the the presentation is the result of many interviews presented one after another. This makes for duplication of information throughout the work, and this redundancy might bother some readers. But actually, this style parallels good intelligence work, where agents gain confidence in information when it is reported by a variety of informants independently. A fun read, though scary to think how naive America and Britain were regarding the need for determined intelligence at the outset of World War II.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great read, proof once again truth is greater than fiction. What a life to have lived, the right person at the right time.Published 4 months ago by Carl van Bolderen
A history lesson of behind the scenes of the espionage world. Still a lot not really spelt out, but a very good biography of an important little-known historical figure. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Terence O. Gibbs
The book is about an specific English spy working for the Russians.Published 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
With the best of intentions, I’m supposing, this author has set out to reveal the real Man Called Intrepid. Read morePublished on February 15, 2014 by Stu
This book provides information for any reader interested in Allied espionage efforts during World War II. The book provides perspective.Published on February 9, 2014 by Cheryl pettijohn