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Spies Beneath Berlin [Kindle Edition]

David Stafford
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'A remarkable book . . . which reminds us of something we should never forget - how a few outstanding Britons and Americans helped to preserve the peace, security and freedom of the West in the harshest years of the Cold War' (Oleg Gordievsky )

' "Spies Beneath Berlin" delivers surprise after surprise, and makes all previous accounts of of this amazing story quite obsolete. It's a real page turner too -- I read it virtually at a sitting' (Len Deighton )

'Impeccably convincing . . . as exciting as a good detective story' (M.R.D. Foot, The Spectator )

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Operation Stopwatch/Gold, said CIA chief Alan Dulles, was one of the most valuable and daring projects ever undertaken. In 1955 it ran a tunnel 800 metres under the Russian sector of Cold War Berlin, and for more than a year tuned into Red Army intelligence. This was an almost impossible trick: apart from the technical wizardry needed, any noise or vibration could have given the game away.

That the operation succeeded is even more surprising than it looks. Trust, even between allies, was dangerous. Despite the Burgess and Maclean affair, the Americans had decided that co-operation was safe once more, and Stopwatch/Gold was a joint CIA/MI6 project using British expertise from a prototype in Vienna. This was a mistake: there was another mole in the British secret services, and the KGB knew about the tunnel even before it was built.

This book tells the story. David Stafford draws on eyewitness interviews and the full range of sources. Ironically, it was the Russians who supplied the minutes of the meeting that OK'd the tunnel. They had been taken by George Blake (who was of course the mole).

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1528 KB
  • Print Length: 223 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1909609129
  • Publisher: Thistle Publishing (19 Mar 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BXGPMY4
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #79,192 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good 20 May 2013
By Patrick
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Well written readable book about the major East West spy activities of the fifties, education and interesting to me as someone who just lived through the end of the cold war.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Full information on the history leading up to the tunnel and the effects caused after its disclosure. All in all an excellent read.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Spies beneath Berlin 28 Aug 2003
By M. E.C.
Format:Hardcover
I don't normally read history books but I found this easy to read because it took me into a John le Carre world of intrigue. It conjures up a vivid picture of spying during the cold war, and how surprisingly basic it often was in that pre electronic age.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Bad Old Days 5 Jun 2013
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I have recently "discovered" David Stafford and very much like his writing. This is a surprisingly compelling story of one of the little known consequences of the espionage battle of the Cold War. It owes much to the fact that previously secret information of that fraught post-war era is coming to light from both sides. For anyone interested in that period this is a must-read book. Worth adding that I would have missed it in printed form but only found it because of my Kindle. (No, please don't thank me for the plug Amazon guys!)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book 16 Mar 2014
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An interesting read of a story seldom heard about and appears to have been thoroughly researched, recommended reading of a different but very relevant time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Life before the Mobile Phone 22 Jan 2014
By Romeo
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Having been on a cultural visit to Berlin last year I became interested in the history after 1945. It's really a good insight to what was going on before the Berlin Wall.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Enjoyed reading this book about the tunnels and the mind set of the people in both sides that were involved.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 21 July 2013
By matthew
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Excellent read, although it majors on the berlin tunnel it gives a great account of it predessesors and post tunnel operation too. A true page turner.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great read
Published 4 days ago by Tiny
5.0 out of 5 stars Super Smashing Great
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Published 1 month ago by Rollypolly
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Cold War insight
I really enjoyed this book. Although it was written by an academic, it was very readable and provided a very good insight into this part of the Cold War.
Published 1 month ago by B. M. Kearney
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother.
Dire, I really can't remember the last time I didn't finish a book but I have given up on this one. I struggled to half way amidst a story that lacked focus and any semblance of... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Peter D
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Book
This is a book about a bizarre Cold War Allied spy project. The writing is nicely paced and tells a good story. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr. John Gayton
2.0 out of 5 stars Spies beneath Berlin. David Stafford.
I was in Berlin at end of WW2 and. this book does nothing for me. It seems to wander all over the place. I am sure many will like it but not me!.
Published 2 months ago by Brian 101
4.0 out of 5 stars fascinating book
Lots of fascinating information in this book. I lived through this era, but had no idea until now as to what was going on, so it was quite an eye-opener. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Zoe
3.0 out of 5 stars intriguing but not gripping
It was interesting to read about what we were all up to in the days of the Cold War but the book didn't really grab me as exciting.
Published 2 months ago by Jackie
1.0 out of 5 stars Get to the point!
This could have been about five pages long, but with all the padding it seemed to drag on forever! There were at least six chapters before the story even got going!! Read more
Published 13 months ago by x
3.0 out of 5 stars Wheels within Wheels
Well researched but a bit dry. A fascinating period in history the 'Cold War' was fought mainy by diplomats and covert spying operations. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Kevin Green
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