Bodyguard of Lies

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Harper & Row, 1975 - 947 pages
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In this classic, definitive history, the author provides a pitch-perfect account of the biggest and most complicated intelligence operation in the history of war. On June 6, 1944--D-day--six thousand Allied ships, the largest fleet in history, arrived off the French coast to begin the liberation of Europe. To their enormous relief, the Allies had obtained complete tactical surprise; the Nazi eagle slept. D-day, which could have been one of history's bloodiest disasters, became instead one of its greatest victories. How this astonishing surprise was achieved is the subject of Bodyguard of Lies, one of the most exciting volumes ever written about the Second World War. Anthony Cave Brown presents a large and fascinating cast of heroes and rogues and sweeps through dozens of dramatic stories of plot and counterplot, stealth and treachery, lies and deceits. We learn the full story behind Churchill's agonizing decision not to warn the city of Coventry that it was about to be destroyed, the deadly cat-and-mouse games between Allied agents in France and the Gestapo, the near fiasco of Montgomery's "double," who could not be kept sober, and the heroic but doomed efforts of the anti-Hitler German underground to eliminate the Fuehrer--including the role of the chief of the German intelligence service in passing secrets over to the British. These and many more explosive stories of code-breakers and deceivers, of plots and ruses at the highest and lowest levels, make up the tapestry of this monumental book.

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User Review  - PattyLee - LibraryThing

Superb. Lots of detail and you may swim in it for a while, but he always brings you back. Read full review

Intense, dramatic, enlightening

User Review  - Lithuanian Lady - Borders

What a book! I first decided I was going to read it after it had been referred to in Richard North Patterson's book Exile. I had no idea Bodyguard of Lies: The Extraordinary True Story Behind D-Day ... Read full review

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About the author (1975)

ANTHONY CAVE BROWN was a British foreign correspondent for the Daily Mail in Europe and the Near East, and was a contributor to the Guardian and the Sydney Morning Herald from Southeast Asia. He is also the author of several other well-received books on the history of espionage.

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