The Secret History of World War II

Spies, Code Breakers, and Covert Operations

Author: Neil Kagan,Stephen G. Hyslop

Publisher: National Geographic Books

ISBN: 1426217013

Category: HISTORY

Page: 351

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From spy missions to code breaking, this richly illustrated account of the covert operations of World War II takes readers behind the battle lines and deep into the undercover war effort that changed the course of history. a From the authors who createdaEyewitness to World War IIaand numerous other best-selling illustrated reference books, this is the shocking story behind the covert activity that shaped the outcome of one of the world's greatest conflicts-and the destiny of millions of people. National Geographic's landmark book illuminates World War II as never before by taking you inside the secret lives of spies and spy masters; secret agents and secret armies; Enigma machines and code breakers; psychological warfare and black propaganda; secret weapons and secret battle strategies. Seven heavily illustrated narrative chapters reveal the truth behind the lies and deception that shaped the osecret war;o eight essays showcase hundreds of rare photos and artifacts (many never before seen); more than 50 specially created sidebars tell the stories of spies and secret operations. Renowned historian and top-selling author Stephen Hyslop reveals this little-known side of the war in captivating detail, weaving in extraordinary eyewitness accounts and information only recently declassified. Rare photographs, artifacts, and illuminating graphics enrich this absorbing reference book.

Code Breakers and Spies of World War II

Author: Cathleen Small

Publisher: Cavendish Square Publishing, LLC

ISBN: 150263855X

Category: Young Adult Nonfiction

Page: 80

View: 8933


Code breakers and spies are the stuff of legend and intrigue, but in reality, they dramatically impacted wars and influenced society, as well as altered the field of information technology. Technology during the 1940s was primitive by today's standards, but spying and cryptography were cutting edge for the time. Many have heard of the use of Navajo code talkers during World War II, but this text explores the code talkers and beyond to paint a vivid picture of how cryptography and spy technology shaped the conflict.

Spies and Code Breakers

A Primary Source History

Author: Carey Scott

Publisher: Gareth Stevens

ISBN: 9781433900495

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 48

View: 1025


Focuses on the history of spying since World War I, including the journals, secret devices, and biographies of spies.

The Secret War: Spies, Codes and Guerrillas 1939–1945

Author: Max Hastings

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 0008133026

Category: History

Page: 640

View: 2368


‘As gripping as any spy thriller, Hastings’s achievement is especially impressive, for he has produced the best single volume yet written on the subject’ Sunday Times ‘Authoritative, exciting and notably well written’ Daily Telegraph ‘A serious work of rigourous and comprehensive history ... royally entertaining and readable’ Mail on Sunday

Spies, Code Breakers, and Secret Agents

A World War II Book for Kids

Author: Carole P. Roman

Publisher: Rockridge Press

ISBN: 9781646111015

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 152

View: 1947


Spy on spies--uncover the secret agents of World War 2. Discover World War 2's hidden heroes and villains. Spies, Code Breakers, and Secret Agents explores the intriguing world of spycraft and shows you what goes on behind the scenes in war. From spy schools and ciphers to sneaky tools and secret armies, this guide takes you on a declassified tour of the undercover operations that helped decide the outcome of World War 2. There's also more than a dozen short spy-ographies that cover some of the most famous (and infamous!) agents that were active during the war. This World War 2 book for kids includes: Fun for aspiring historians--Dig into the causes of and what led up to World War 2 so you can better understand the important part spies played in it. A family-friendly exploration--Learn about history in a fun and accessible way that anyone can enjoy. Covert illustrations--Get an up-close look at actual spies, as well as some seriously amazing spy gear. Amaze your friends and family with all kinds of awesome facts about spies and secret agents from World War 2.

A Century of Spies

Intelligence in the Twentieth Century

Author: Jeffery T. Richelson

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780195113907

Category: History

Page: 534

View: 4728


Examines the role of espionage in world history through a discussion of information gathering in the modern world, including spy technology, the Cold War, and crisis intelligence

Ghost Wars

The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001

Author: Steve Coll

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781594200076

Category: Political Science

Page: 695

View: 3460


Provides a comprehensive overview of the CIA's and other covert agencies' operations in Afghanistan, from the Soviet invasion in 1979 through the summer of 2001, detailing the rise of the Taliban and bin Laden, the secret efforts of the CIA to capture or kill bin Laden since 1998, and their failure to stop bin Laden, al Qaeda, and the events of September 11th.

Honorable Treachery

A History of U.S. Intelligence, Espionage, and Covert Action from the American Revolution to the CIA

Author: G.J.A. O'Toole

Publisher: Open Road + Grove/Atlantic

ISBN: 0802192025

Category: History

Page: 608

View: 3260


A “splendidly written, impeccably researched, and perfectly fascinating” look at clandestine operations from colonial times to the Cuban Missile Crisis (The Washington Post Book World). We’ve always depended on intelligence gathering to drive foreign policy in peacetime and command decision in war—but that work has often taken place in the shadows. Honorable Treachery fills in these details in our national history, dramatically recounting every important intelligence operation from our nation’s birth into the early 1960s. Among numerous other stories, the book recounts how in 1795, President Washington mounted a covert operation to ransom American hostages in the Middle East; how in 1897, Kaiser Wilhelm II’s plans for an invasion of the United States were stopped by the director of the US Office of Naval Intelligence; and how President Woodrow Wilson created a secret agency called the Inquiry to compile intelligence for the peace negotiations at the end of World War I. From a Pulitzer Prize finalist who himself worked for the CIA, Honorable Treachery puts America’s use of covert intelligence into a broader historical context, providing a unique insight into the secret workings of our country. “O’Toole offers fascinating information generally unrecorded in traditional diplomatic and military histories.” —Library Journal

The A to Z of World War II

The War Against Japan

Author: Anne Sharp Wells

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 0810870266

Category: History

Page: 494

View: 8571


The A to Z of World War II: The War Against Japan traces the brutal conflict from Japan's seizure of Chinese territory in 1931, through the onset of war with the Western Allies in 1941, to the use of atomic weapons by the United States in 1945. It also addresses the aftermath of the war, including the formation of the United Nations and the American occupation of Japan. As the first of two volumes covering World War II, this volume concentrates on the war in Asia and the Pacific so the user benefits from the comprehensive explanations of the people, places, and events that shaped much of that region's 20th-century history.