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this book reads more like a spy novel and it is all true
on February 3, 2017
Although a work of non-fiction, this book reads more like a spy novel and it is all true. The story here is one of the first occasions of one government, the Brits, hacking into the communications of another country,the Germans. In a way, there is sweet justice here because in the early 1860's, Otto Von Bismarck who founded the modern German state had his agents intercept a French telegram and altered its contents to make its contents seemingly insult the German people. This insult, if I recall my high school history, led to the Franco-Prussian War of 1870 which led to the First World War which, in turn, led to the Second World War. And all because of a telegram, the pre-cursor of the email which got a certain lady into a lot of trouble in this decade.
Barbara Tuchman is the author of the book, The Guns of August. Personally, the Zimmerman Telegram is the better book.