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  • Hardcover: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Continuum; 1st Edition edition (11 Mar. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 144111971X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441119711
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 3 x 21.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 362,955 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Michael Tillotson served in Europe, Malaya, Indo-China, South Arabia and with the UN in Cyprus before retiring as a major-general. He has published a number of books, including Finland at Peace & War and the biography of Field Marshal Lord Bramall. He has contributed military obituaries to The Times since 1997.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By James Donald on 26 Mar. 2012
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This is an excellently organised series of obituaries which reveal a great deal about the amazing feats and lives of SOE agents. Bringing these obituaries together into a single volume enables the reader, aided both by the expert commentary and the thoughtful grouping, a greater insight than could be achieved from reading them as published individually in the Times. Michael Tillotson is to be commended on his sure-footed handling of the material. The foreword by the late Professor M R D Foot is instructive though Amazon should not present the book a 'by M.R.D. Foot', it is principally the work of Michael Tillotson.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. D. M. Kirby on 5 Jan. 2012
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This is a book of the lives of the great and the good, who served in Special Operations Executive and the resistance during World War Two and the material has been taken from their obituaries in The Times. I knew a number of the luminaries who feature in these pages: the section on Sir Douglas Dodds-Parker does little to convey to the reader his charm, affability and steely determination and little of Dick Rubenstein's impish charm and ability as a raconteur becomes apparent in his obituary.

And why? Because many of these obituaries in The Times are pompously stuffy and po-faced; the reasons why these brave men and women were decorated for their gallantry are often described almost dismissively or skirted-over. This is particularly the case when mentioning Rubenstein's award of the Military Cross, as casually as one might remark upon a child receiving a tube of Smarties. The book is noticeable by its omissions; nowhere in the Greek section is there any reference to `The Cretan Runner', George Psychoundakis - and where is the entry for Leo Marks, the head of SOE's code department, of the passionate utterances and the steely handshake? Not in this book, that's for sure. That intrepid secret agent, Xan Fielding who won a DSO in Crete for, as he self-deprecatingly put it, `going into a town' receives the briefest of brief mentions. Perhaps they didn't merit an obituary in The Times; and if so, that's that newspaper's loss.

Michael Tillotson has edited the book - hardly the most onerous of tasks - and although it would be suitable for anyone carrying out pure research, it really is as dull as ditchwater. The Daily Telegraph's various books of obituaries are far, far better. What could have - and should have - been an enthralling read, isn't.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mike on 1 May 2014
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A very interesting book to use to cross reference people mentioned in other WWII SOE books. Could not read end to end though
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Malc Jeffries on 17 Jan. 2012
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A fascinating, exciting and unputdownable book, which left me breathless with the deeds and actions of the SOE men and women.
Stories taken from the Times Obituaries are necessarily short and I constantly found myself wanting to know far more than these 'snippets' told. But even with the brevity of the individual stories, the fantastic and amazing experiences of the individuals leaves modern day espionage stories completely in the shadows.
And all these stories are real, men and women who risked and often gave, their lives for their unshakable belief in the fight for the cause of freedom. Read of the medal lists of these people, be awestruck that so many countries felt honoured to honour them and, even after reading just half of the book, there is a feeling that something truly wonderful has been committed to print.
I can't recommend this to all who take interest in this part of history.
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