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The Cicero Spy Affair: German Access to British Secrets in World War II (Perspectives on Intelligence History) Hardcover – 30 Sep 1999


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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Praeger; 1st Edition edition (30 Sept. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0275964566
  • ISBN-13: 978-0275964566
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
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"Wires is superb, with research as definitive as a field riddled with intentionally misleading sources will permit, with analysis that asks all of the right and important questions, and with lively, cool prose that retains the drama inherent in the story without a hint of exaggeration. This book, which appears in David Kahn's series, Perspectives on Intelligence History, is a model for the field...Time and again Wires presents the evidence, weighs it with care, and gives us his own considered conclusions. Wires no doubt is helped in his balancing act by having degreed in European history and in law, and having served in southern Germany in the Counter-Intelligence Corps, as well as having lived in London, but his best ally is a sturdy commonsense. The result is an astute, sensible, very readable book that is unlikely ever to be overtaken by the work of others...a fine book: were that there were more like it in this crowded and often murky field."-Albion

..."this account of the Cicero spy affair is a very good read by all standards."-The Historian

"Professor Wires is as critical of the intrigues inside the Nazi intelligence machine as he is of the faulty security inside the British Embassy; and he disposes of several popular legends."-Times Literary Supplement

"[T]his book is far more than just an overview-reaching some conclusions previously unreached....The Cicero Spy Affair is scholarly research presented in exciting and concise fashion. You won't be able to read it without learning something. Or learning a lot. You'll find it hard to put down."-The Star Press

"A thrilling plunge into the world of the legendary WWII spy code-name "Cicero," a shadowy figure whose mysteries have challenged the best efforts of expert intelligence officers, historians, and journalists....A great true spy adventure full of dramatic suspense. Wires has done exhaustive research in discovering what is known today, despite the web of lies and false clues of a master spy operating in the guise of a faithful servant."-Kirkus Reviews

"Wartime spying is one of the most intriguing areas in the Historiography of World War II, and Wires has given us the best account yet of the remarkable espionage career of Elyesa Bazna, a valet who in 1943-44 microfilmed dozens of top-secret papers belonging to the unsuspecting British Ambassador to Turkey....This is a great tale, all the more so because it is true. Recommended for general collections and those strong in World War II studies."-Library Journal

"This is a briliantly researched and reconstructed piece of history. Both the text itself and the notes let us into details and side issues, such as the example of Moyzisch's assistant secretary who turned out to be a spy for the Americans. There is a detailed analysis of the complex Turkish situation. The dramatis personae are well characterized as to personality and motivation. The shadow war of intelligence in World War II is crowded with spies on all sides and there is a rich literature published especially in England about the subject. This book deserves a place of honour among them. It clarifies for the first time the story of the so-called "spy of the century," "the highest paid spy," the man codenamed, unknown to him at the time, Cicero."-International Social Science Review

"ÝT¨his book is far more than just an overview-reaching some conclusions previously unreached....The Cicero Spy Affair is scholarly research presented in exciting and concise fashion. You won't be able to read it without learning something. Or learning a lot. You'll find it hard to put down."-The Star Press

?...this account of the Cicero spy affair is a very good read by all standards.?-The Historian

?Professor Wires is as critical of the intrigues inside the Nazi intelligence machine as he is of the faulty security inside the British Embassy; and he disposes of several popular legends.?-Times Literary Supplement

About the Author

RICHARD WIRES is Professor Emeritus of History at Ball State University, where he chaired the department and later became Executive Director of the University's London Centre./e He holds degrees in European History and law, and he served with the Counter-Intelligence Corps in southern Germany. His recent research interests include early espionage fiction as well as actual intelligence operations.


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