Espionage by Ernest Volkman
The Greatest Spy Operations of the Twentieth Century

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DISCOVER THE SPYING OPERATIONS THAT CHANGED THE COURSE OF HISTORY

Espionage expert Ernest Volkman goes behind the scenes of 20th-century history to uncover twenty-three incredible capers, con games, and subterfuges. Here are just a few:
* Windows shattered in Manhattan, shrapnel struck the Statue of Liberty, and the Brooklyn Bridge swayed when, in July of 1916, German saboteurs blew up the huge Black Tom munitions dump near Bayonne, New Jersey. The spectacular explosion galvanized public opinion against Germany and helped bring the United States into World War I.
* Japan's seizure of the Mandate Islands in the central Pacific triggered U.S. covert activities. Could the secret of Amelia Earhart's tragic final flight be connected to America's pre-war jitters?
* In the early 1920s, to ensure the survival of the fledgling Soviet state, Lenin used his personal intelligence service, CHEKA, to control anti-Bolshevik resistance. Enemies of the revolution were lured to their destruction through the ironically named Trust Operation.
* How were the Allies able to counter Hitler's deadliest weapons? For six years a mole inside Nazi Germany's scientific establishment betrayed the secrets of his country's classified military research to Britain's MI6.
 

About Ernest Volkman

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ERNEST VOLKMAN is an acknowledged authority on espionage and intelligence. Formerly a prize-winning investigative reporter for Newsday and executive editor of Espionage magazine, he is the author of several books, including Spies: The Secret Agents Who Changed the Course of History, Secret Intelligence: The Inside Story of America's Espionage Empire, and Warriors of the Night: Spies, Soldiers, and American Intelligence.
 
Published March 11, 2008 by Wiley. 288 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, War. Non-fiction

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Each chapter is a good yarn, from the reconstruction of the ULTRA operation, in which the British solved German coded communications, giving the Allies advance warning of Hitler's military intentions, to the misbegotten OSS operation called Cornflakes, which sought to disrupt German morale with a...

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