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The story of General Donovan should be taught to all Americans as an example to what a real patriot is. Character is to weak a word to describe his achievements to his country and the free world. He saw things as they where and did what others either lacked in courage or character.
I see there are some complaints about the amount of detail. For me, that was the strength of the book, that the author could could weave an overwhelming diversity of sources into a coherent narrative of a man's life. Assuming you're interested in the man, this is a must read biography. Small info like bringing a loaded pistol into FDR's office and firing it into a sand bag to demonstrate its silent characteristics; or giving away his dinner jacket cause felt like he was never going to wear it again; or his sorrow at the loss of men who died for him in WWI say a lot about who this guy really was. Those who are looking for more detail on specific espionage operations will be disappointed. Those interested in a amazing biography will not. The book is probably more credible for not attempting to be amazing literature but instead, attempting to be an accurate history. Not that there's anything wrong with the style. There's just nothing cute about it. Anyway, when I finished the latest chapter of the book, I was surprised to search a bunch of footnotes at the end. There were no links to and from the chapters that they supported. This is just sloppy workmanship. An ebook should have links to and from the footnotes. Guys, when you're publishing in electrons, you gotta think about items like ice used: Kindle Paper White. No issues with display or navigation other than to/from the footnotes.
Donovan was a amazing man, brave soldier, and a brilliant spy. Unfortunately, to obtain to the heart of his story in this book, you must plow through innumerable pages describing America's wartime bureaucracy. Instead of secret information, spy missions, and plots versus enemies, this books goes on and on, at unbearable length, to detail the organization of the intelligence community, its members, committees, and their infighting. So-and-so was versus making so-and-so his subordinate; committees met to discuss who was going to be in charge; the president decided to appoint this guy to supervise that guy. It often reads like an insurance company's board minutes.
I am now almost 80% done. It is a amazing book about someone I had never heard of before. It is much better written than the kindle book onthe man called "Intrepid", which prompted me to obtain this book. I gives a history of the OSS (formerly COI and subsequently the CIA) in st of the book as titled is about the life of Donovan. It spends a amazing deal of the time about the politics in the WA bureaucracy and alsothe interplay with the [email protected]#$%!& really is an awesome story. If you're like me & had not heard of Donovan, then this is the book for you.I does give a flavor of some of the operations, but if this is what you are looking for then there are probably better books.
General Donovan lived in an earlier period of history but still, or already, had to war the political wars of the Washington swamp. He just possessed all of the postive adjectives that you can think for a man to succeed in countless ways that probably are not possible now or ever again. I can't say enough about this man that I never knew or met. Amazing book! The research to assemble Donovan's life in such detail is unimaginable.
The story of wild bill Donavan reads like a suspenseful novel. I knew small of this man -the father of our intelligence services- until I read this book. The author has done a remarkable job in bringing an necessary part of history to life. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves historical novels tho this is a real and riveting story. I gave it five stars because it it written in a clear and concise manner. Found that I had problem putting it down and read far into the night on a lot of occasions.
An perfect book about a fascinating man. He truly was an extraordinary man! Received more decorations for gallantry in WWI than any other soldier, including Douglas McArthur, who always resented the fact. He was constantly plagued by jealous men with little minds and no imaginations such as Harry Truman, J Edgar Hoover and other high-ranking democrats. In fact, we learn just what an imperious [email protected]#$% Hoover was. As the leader and founder of our country's first intelligence agency, he would be appalled to see what's happened to the @#$%!&? offspring of his work, the CIA. At least he was proud of the U.S. Troops Unique Forces, the Green Berets! A very well worthwhile read!
This is a fascinating story. Canadian industrialist and master spy Sir William Stephenson (i.e. 'Intrepid') was obviously a brilliant man who saw ominous signs in Europe after Globe Battle I. His business connections and unassuming demeanor gave him access to Germany and all of Europe during the period between globe wars. His first-hand experiences in Globe Battle I gave him insight into imminent dangers similar to the rise of Nazism in the 1930's. His hero gave him access to what would be the main Allied leaders and he got their attention. The intelligence networks that he organized and operated were the few promising 'tools' that Britain had early in the war, before the U. S. officially entered the war. Stephenson also forged a relationship of mutual trust with Franklin Roosevelt that was instrumental in the U. S. quietly preparing for the battle when public opinion was vastly isolationist. Somehow, I never thought about attempted Nazi influence in Mexico, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean. Stephenson's network, in conjunction with the FBI, largely thwarted these efforts early in Globe Battle II. I could go on, but take my word that this book is fascinating. This book was written in the 1970's and features a foreword written by William Stephenson himself. Some may and questioned the authenticity of the info presented in this book. Stephenson clearly states that he can vouch for the authenticity of the info in this book. Verification of the info is largely impossible, even after 70+ years. I will allow other readers decide if they believe what they read. If the central hero of the book puts his word and credibility on the line, that is amazing enough for me.I summarized the mood of the book as 'dark'. That summary was my prevailing opinion as I read the book, based on some rough parallels I noted between latest happenings and happenings of the 1930's-1940's.While the book was fascinating, it was a bit hard to read at times. It did not always follow chronological order which bugged me a bit, but that is a very minor is book is well worth the effort to read.
Globe Battle II was fought with secrets. I sort of accepted that truism for years, but I never knew the info of how the Enigma Machine was acquired or how the British secret service became established in Fresh York Town and helped to found, eventually, the CIA, often working around and over US governmental bickering and e book is extremely interesting; I considered dropping one star for writing style, since Mr. Stevenson can be hard to follow. (He seems to have small use for transitional devices at key points.) Ultimately I gave full weight to the book's message.I do recommend the book highly; it will clear up a number of problems that still confuse people concerning WWII. Also the book's relevance to today's secrecy in governmental dealings is well worth the read.
With all the controversy surrounding today's political environment, this book is a "must read" for those who wish a fuller understanding of the evolution of modern intelligence services. Written in the third-person, Sir William Stephenson's accounts of his own & his colleagues' quest to capture and "break" the Axis power's Enigma crypto system is both riveting and revealing. It also puts into context Western societies' misgivings about security services, until they were crucial in the conquer of Hitler's forces. The book reads incredibly well, and (given it is 40 years since first published) remains new and relevant in today's globe of spys, leaks, and inter-governmental entanglements.
William Stephenson bore the code name Intrepid during Globe Battle II. He earned a British knighthood and the Medal for Merit from the United States, among other honors, for his work. A Man Called Intrepidtells the behind the scenes story of the battle and some of the spy missions and intelligence gathering involved. It answers some questions of why things were done the method they were. Sometimes the writing can be long-winded, but for the most part, this is a very interesting book. I recommend it to people interested in Globe Battle II.
Interesting. Even mentions people I may have met. Never visited the "boys on baker street" but walked past their door a lot of time, not knowing who it belonged to. I remember getting a clerk is a soviet book shop mad at me when I asked for books on Lithuanian language and he followed me out of the shop but stopped when I turned down baker st. At the time I wondered why. Heh, Heh. This was the early 1960's.
A amazing and necessary book. The real story that was kept secret for 25 years after Globe Battle 2 . Not a novel but a detailed chronicle of secret intelligence activities by England and the United States and how they broke and utilized the German military codes and used them to their advantage. Real hero's who changed the course of the battle and the globe we live in today !Not may favorite read of all time but probably the most necessary .
This real story of the English super spymaster takes the reader on a remarkable journey of the happenings leading up to and through Globe Battle II. The breaking of the Enigma code and the heart wrenching decisions that were created to hold the Nazis from knowing that the code was broken is a story unto itself. Before reading this masterfully written book, I never had a real appreciation of FDR and all the machinations,subterfuge, and risks that he took in helping the British (via a close partnership with Churchill) resist being overwhelmed by the Nazi juggernaut that swept across Europe before the USA entered WW II. The fact that Roosevelt did so in spite of an isolationist congress that would have impeached him had they known what he was doing makes one appreciate him even ough he would not admit it, Stevenson himself had more to do with the winning of WW II than any other single individual. The book is very well written and the truth within it more intriguing than any book of fiction could ever hope to be. It is not a short book, but one not to be missed.
I'm a WW2 buff. My father was a Seabee in the Aleutians. So, anything that sheds light on that period catches my attention. This was a revelation in the secret war. Awesome stories of brave women and men who were not given the credit they deserved. Thank goodness, they were there and willing to use their considerable talents to support the battle effort. We have all benefitted from their bravery.
This wonderful book gives us amazing insight on the struggles endured by righteous men and women to preserve freedom and democracy before and during Globe Battle II. It was truly eye-opening to explore how close we all came to settling for life under the German juggernaut of Nazism. Free government is begin to deception and coercion from the inside which can be insidious to democracy. It took amazing courage by a few powerful willed leaders with tremendous moral integrity to prevent an outcome which a lot of thought inevitable. Thank God they did. I encourage everyone who values freedom to read about the secret battle which enabled the Allied win we all learned about in school.
Without men like William Stephenson, Intrepid, and the nonconformist leaders Churchill and Roosevelt in WWII we would have been overwhelmed by tyranny and led into the abyss by the simpleton government officials in power before seems that some in power today did not learn from history that appeasement is not a workable solution.
This book is as amazing as the original. Bold words I know. But it is. And what I love is it forces people to acknowledge Strikes Again which everyone only hates because they've heard people say how not good it is. Honestly, it amazes me how a lot of people tell me its not good and they literally haven't even read is book also finally puts to rest that bullcrap story that Frank Miller hates Superman. He never said that. Tag Waid said that. The fact is, Frank Miller changed Superman for that ONE story. It was an interesting take. And ORIGINAL. And this DKIII just proves that he loves the hero because he redeems Superman in such a big, wonderful so the highlight of this book for me is it is the first time Frank uses Aquaman and actually draws him. So glad they went the bearded is is Carrie Kelly's story. This entire trilogy always has been. And this book further proves another Miller lie false - That his female characters are sexist. There has never been anything about Carrie Kelly for the latest 30 years that has been remotely sexualized or sexist. She is one of the most interesting characters in comics, not just female and not just by Miller. In all of fiction. It's amazing to see her grow is is a classic and I can't wait to sit down and read the entire saga starting with Latest Crusade, then Dark Knight Returns, Strikes Again and finally Master ank Miller is a genius.
This is perhaps my comic of the year, maybe this is because I just finished it before writing this review, but I could not place this down for one second. It's definitely the craziest of any of the Dark Knight Returns comics, but it's not without its flaws. The book is basically one large graphic novel of several smaller volumes. The problem is that some of the drawing standards could be done better, and some panels are laughably bad. They had a amazing hero to be the main villain and he feels kind of wasted, and the ending comes close to Justice League (TV Series) level of convenient endings. For me personally, it was kind of upsetting and took the weight out of some scenes.Other than those issues, this comic is absolutely amazing. I would absolutely recommend this to anyone who was a fan of the The Dark Knight Returns series. But if you're brand fresh to the DC universe I probably wouldn't recommend it. There'll be a lot of things that will fly over your head, and while it does test its best to explain everything some initial hero knowledge helps.I'll give this 5 stars for being exactly what we wanted, closure, but for a standalone Batman comic, it's probably a 4 star. It's really a graphic novel for the fans who've waited for what felt like an eternity to see how the series ends, and it delivers. For anyone looking to obtain into The Dark Knight, I'd recommend starting with the classics like "The Long Halloween", or "The killing joke" before delving into this one. Watching some Justice League would support too.P.S. There are some amazing political allusions in here, especially of a certain blonde, orange color president.
Not a wholly important entry in a saga that doesn't really need to be a series, but beautiful entertaining overall. It's probably the best thing Miller's done in 15 years, e ending is kind of week, though, and I want there was more of a sense of finality to it. It leaves the series wide begin in a method Miller hadn't in the the previous entries.Hey, it could have been worse, especially considering how Miller's All-Star Batman turned out. Like I said before, his writing is back on point here, and is a return to form for him and his take on the character.
I read Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns and loved it. I read Miller's The Dark Knight Strikes Again and liked it. When I heard about Dark Knight: Master Race, by Miller with Brian Azzarello, I was hoping for more of a Dark Knight Returns feeling. And you know what? I did like it. Master Race isn't as amazing as the original (that would be hard to accomplish), but I enjoyed it a lot more than I remember enjoying more than The Dark Knight Strikes Again. And that's a amazing thing. With sequels or returns to classic stories, there is a danger involved; so a lot of people have fun the classic original, that the creators risk alienating fans both old and new. Well, in my opinion, Miller and Azzarello have done a fine job with The Master Race. A fast synopsis: Batman is missing and presumed dead, Superman has removed himself from involving himself in humanity's affairs, Wonder Woman is busy ruling the Amazons and raising her kids (a daughter and son). Other heroes seem to be laying low as well. In to this globe comes rumor of a Batman sighting, which doesn't sit well with many. Additionally, Lara (the teenage daughter of Superman and Wonder Woman) visits her frozen father at his Fortress of Solitude. While there, she discovers the bottled town of Kandor, and is convinced to take it to Ray Palmer, the character known as the Atom. The residents of Kandor wish to be returned to normal size and Palmer's shrinking technology is just the ticket. But all is not as it seems when the Kandorians return. And thus, the foundation for the story of The Master Race is born.I enjoyed reading this story. I found that Miller and Azzarello had a fresh and interesting take on the story of the Kandorians, and the tie-in to how superheroes were viewed in this globe was nice. The subplots, involving Superman, Wonder Woman, and their children; Batman and his fresh Robin, Carrie Kelley; or even the cameos by heroes such as the Atom, Aquaman, and Flash, were all complimentary and dovetailed nicely with the main storyline. In fact, I really liked how the other heroes were very naturally brought into the story, rather than forced in just for fan addition to collecting the main comic story, this collected edition also includes nine separate mini-comics stories that ran in the individual comics, each focusing on a side story that adds to the overall enjoyment of The Master Race. Some of these stories focus on heroes, such as the Atom or the fresh Batgirl, and some present happenings that happen off the page of the main storyline. All were well done and deserved their put in this story.Overall, I really enjoyed Miller and Azzarello's The Dark Knight: The Master Race. It was a well-written story that added to the mythology of Miller's original The Dark Knight Returns. I highly recommend it to all Batman fans, and to anyone who enjoyed The Dark Knight Returns. It would also be an entertaining read for fresh fans wondering what all the Frank Miller Batman fuss is about.I received a preview copy of this book from DC Comics and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
This book was a much better volume than dark knight strikes back. Not as amazing as dark knight returns, but artwork was great, story great, and definitely some twists and turns I didn't see coming. Highly recommend!!!!!!!!!
Quality Batman content, but one star short of the masterpieces that have come from Frank Miller's pen in past years. Since Frank Miller place his name on it, this book will inevitably be compared to his past work, especially The Dark Knight Returns. Compared to those comics, it's about four stars.Right off the bat, it should be noted that this is not a comic made entirely by Frank Miller (like Sin City). Instead, Frank Miller is a huge name on the cover, and he is credited as having made the story (and even then, it is usually another person along with Mr. Miller. Which makes it seem like DC is just using Frank Miller's name to sell comics, when in fact the comic is made by five to seven other at said, this story is original and creative. In The Dark Knight Returns, Frank Miller used a lot of background news casts to move the plot along, and the same is real of this novel. Technology plays a major part, and the story even has some philosophical introspection into the direction humanity is heading with its increasing attachment to intelligent phones and social media (one minor villain says to humans: "You are all slaves bowing to commerce disguised as creativity. The irony being, you made your false matter.").The art is also good. There are certainly several dud frames, but for the most part it's all nice and crisp. The cover of the book tips that the art will harken back to the moody noir feel of the early Frank Miller works. However, the artwork is much more conventional, and there are only a few frames that truly remarkable.Overall this is definitely one to own. Especially if you are a fan of the Dark Knight.
A solid story that rides the border of spy thriller and historical fiction. It takes a few chapters (or more) to obtain rolling. The author intends to really lay down a solid hero foundation before building the tension and suspense of the spy game.Our character is not at all allied with his birth country of Germany. You will search no internal struggle, no wrestling with conscience. This man burns (slowly, internally) with a hatred for everything that Nazi Germany has transformed itself into. His cause is simple, do anything he can to turn the upside down globe right again and be reunited with his rally he is weird, almost two-faced. Looking to save the globe but having no qualms of wanting and taking another man's wife. Mr. Wood (spy code name) risks his own life and quite a few others along the method with absolute selflessness and yet he thrills at the thought of a tryst with a woman he barely knows.Historical fiction that deals with WWII is right up my alley so I was not hard pressed as to which Kindle First book to choose. I chose a 4 star rating because at times the writing was somewhat cliche, and for some reason I obtain easily annoyed when overly descriptive scenery pops up in a book that I wish some action to hold the pages turning. Spy thrillers need momentum not musings on the color of the sky, but that is just a $.02 opinion right there.
This was a gripping story, based on a real-life WWII espionage case it is also a historical novel with biographical elements. Originally released in German, it has been available in Audio for sometime. I was given a Netgalley advanced reader's copy of this itz Kolbe, an necessary spy in WWII delivered top-secret info to the Americans in Switzerland, risking his life while avoiding the nationalistic frenzy of the Third Reich. In fact he is not aligned with his own country, somewhat ashamed of what it has become... An unlikely character with powerful ethical principles he was an unassuming yet modest man who worked at the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin. With his discreet and professional nature he was famous especiaslly with the senior officers. Fritz Kolbe among other things, is responsible for destroying strictly secret documents and using his position to pass info on embarking on a risky double life as the Allies’ most necessary is is a thrilling close-up into the tragic and crazy globe of Berlin under Nazi-Regime, the horrors and how life and love finds a method to survive in such insane spite the translation challenges, the author Andreas Kollender has delivered a brilliantly told page-turner that touches the heart. The fact that it is historically accurate makes it even more compelling...
The writing is beautiful good. Real stories of espionage have always fascinated me. But the protagonist in this story frustrates me beyond belief. He seems to have his own moral code which revolves around himself. I hesitate to call it self-centeredness, though I believe it to be close to that. More than anything, I got sick of all the references to "her attractive nose." Seriously? Ugh... can I quick forward past the nonsense and obtain to the heroic bits?
I had never heard of Fritz Kolbe and was astounded to learn of his value to America in WWII. This book is well written and tells a sensitive tale of this brave man's life. While much appears to be fictionalized, the author gives us a real sense of his struggles and sacrifice.
I expected you to be a man... or a woman. The 9th in the Carry On series, and the latest to be filmed in black and white, is one of the best. It finds the gang kind of biting the hand that feeds them, Pinewood. The home of James Bond was also the home of the Carry On mob, so with Peter Rogers, Gerald Thomas and Talbot Rothwell spying an opportunity to spoof 007, they did so, whilst also revelling in the possibility for some movie noir dalliances, notably The Third Man. The cast is this time headed up by Kenneth Williams, Barbara Windsor (making her Carry On debut), Bernard Cribbins and Charles Hawtrey. They are four less than stellar operatives for British Intelligence tasked with retrieving a top secret formula that has been stolen by STENCH. During their mission they are helped by Carstairs (Jim Dale), and just who or what is the mysterious organisation known as SNOG? Are they mates or in league with the evil Dr. Crow? Though dotted throughout with some written innuendo, "Spying" is still in touch with the more genial comedy that was evident in the early years - particularly the black and whites. This is amazing honest comedy, with visual exuberance and witty repartee the order of the day. Watching it now you search it holds up very well, sure it's a bit fruity and nutty, but a freshness exists here and it lets some damn fine actors loose to present their respective skills. It also looks terrific, the noir photography by Alan Hume sparkling. A prime Carry On film for those who prefer their Carry On's more knowingly jolly than the later bawdy entries. 9/10