"A delight-filled account...as much an entertainment as history."--Wall Street Journal
"A fascinating new book about British intelligence s deception operations against the Axis powers. --Washington Post
Rankin's page-turner makes the most of the gifted amateurs, eccentrics, and professional illusionists responsible for the imaginative schemes of the British military and details the care and seriousness with which they were implemented. --Foreign Affairs
"There isn't a dull page -- not even a dull sentence -- in Nicholas Rankin's fantastic wunderkabinet
of wartime revelations. It is all here -- colonels in drag, midget submarines, corpses with stashed secrets, a black radio station called Aspidistra and more inventions than James Bond's Q could ever conceive -- and is endlessly fascinating in consequence. No better book about the mad arcana of belligerence has ever been written."--Simon Winchester
--This text refers to the Hardcover
About the Author
Nicholas Rankin spent twenty years broadcasting for BBC World Service where he was Chief Producer and won two UN awards. He is the author of Dead Man's Chest, Telegram from Guernica and the bestselling Churchill's Wizards, the story of British intelligence in the two World Wars.