Top positive review
Simply the best book on SOE operational performance
on 23 January 2017
If you buy one book on SOE (in any location), then this is the one.
For those who read many SOE books, it doesn't have the nostalgia of the first '66 edition, having been updated, but it does iron out some omissions/corrections etc
It has an excellent bibliography, which can be used to separate the wheat from the chaff of the many books on the subject.
However I do warn you that the writing style takes getting used to. Do not tackle this book for light reading, or language. Work thro the first 100 pages and you get very used to his obvious academic background and prose, and enjoy it for what it is, the foremost 'independent' authority on the subject of sabotage and subversion during WW2.
I highlight independent, because there are a great many who are too close to this subject to honestly write about this without taking sides. The stories cannot be told without thinking of bias or mis-truths, and so I come back to this book to be 'as near' to the truth as we are ever going to get - period. The fact that the vast majority of this book was written only 20 years after the end of the war is remarkable,and beats any books being written by modern historians of the new millennia.