Churchill And Secret Service Paperback – 3 Feb 2000
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A first-rate and, what is more remarkable, an original contribution to Churchilliana (KIRKUS REVIEWS)
an excellent and long overdue book (LITERARY REVIEW)
a startlingly good book (SPECTATOR)
a fascinating narrative and a scholarly exegesis (SUNDAY TIMES)
* Winston Churchill omitted almost every reference to secret intelligence from his war memoirs. David Stafford fills that gap.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
Though having read the book I haven't understood how Mr. Stafford managed to put so many facts in one book only, even more to write it in so vivid way. (Just to illustrate the extent of the work - only bibliography covers unbelievable 17 pages!).
I have been interested in the 20th century history (especially the WWII period) since being a boy and I have to admit this is the best book I've read about the topic. It is definitely "the must" for every scholar or fan of the modern history, Churchill's personality, secret services' history or World War II.
This leaves a number of niche subjects involving Churchill that bear further investigation and Mr Stafford seems to have struck a plum one. Churchill was obsessed with intelligence and Stafford shows this trait in him from an early age. Plenty of facts, not many new but well sourced, intertwine with a well-balanced overall view of WW2. The whole is easy reading, has a good pace and is informative and enjoyable.
I would certainly recommend it to anyone interested in early 20th century espionage or WW2 or Churchill himself.
way he wanted people react to good or bad news
he had his favourite advisors but usually relied on his gut feeling
thank god he was more right than wrong fascinating read recomend to anyone interested in how codes and codebreakers
made war not just about battles but intelligence and how it was handled
To a modern generation Churchill's genuinely aristocratic background, his rolling prose and classical English will seem, alas, so old-fashioned as to be almost inaccessible. But this book makes clear that in vital issues, intelligence and "Sigint", he understood their utmost importance. This ensured Britain's survival in 1939-41 and contributed enormously to victory, indeed it might not have been possible without it. Britain's strategic situation in 1940 was, on the face of it, absolutely hopeless. But Churchill could see the chink of light that intelligence would provide. Hitler did not, thankfully.
There are still lessons here for the West, as its material power to confront new challenges declines
Wars of Churchill's experience. I now have a much greater appreciation of Churchill's huge burden of responsibility,
his energy and political bravery at a time of life when most people would have been enjoying quiet retirement.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A very good, well written book that concentrates on a major aspect of our greatest leader. Obviously a lot of hard work went into the research for this book and it has been very... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Van man
This was one of the best modern history books I have read. It is full fascinating facts, which actually explains a lot of the background to many of today's conflicts around the... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Mr. Alan Lee
Clear and concise, but covering most of the important events. A strong analytical thread running through. Well worth a readPublished on 16 July 2014 by Mr J A Pinder
Absolutely first rate account of Churchill's fascination with espionage and in particular the use of Ultra intercept material. Great stuff.Published on 11 Feb. 2014 by Mr. C. Peterson
Brilliant stories and I wonder how many more of them there are hidden away where we cannot possibly find them.Published on 31 Oct. 2013 by Ken Cooper
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