Stealing Secrets, Telling Lies

Stealing Secrets, Telling Lies

How Spies and Codebreakers Helped Shape the Twentieth Century

Book - 2001
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Gannon, a former television news producer, provides a popular history of how espionage, codebreaking, and intelligence analysis shaped the outcomes of major conflicts of the past century, during both world wars and the Cold War. His survey focuses on 16 undercover cases in which events had a lasting impact, including the interception of the Zimmerman Telegram, the breaking of the Enigma code, the Soviets' penetration of the British Foreign Service through the Cambridge Five spy ring, and the US counterintelligence operation known as Venona (which was classified until 1995). Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Stealing Secrets, Telling Lies explores how espionage and good intelligence analysis shaped or changed the outcome of many of the major geopolitical events of the twentieth century. The German victory at the Battle of Tannenberg in 1914, the entrance of the United States into World War I, the defeat of Nazi Germany, and the Soviet Union's faster-than-anticipated development of the atomic bomb were all facilitated by stealing enemy secrets. Espionage and codebreaking have been instrumental in the rise, fall, and preservation of the world powers throughout history. The interception of the Zimmerman Telegram, the deciphering of the German Enigma machine, the Soviet's damaging penetration of the British Foreign Service through the "Cambridge Five" spy ring, and the U.S. counterintelligence coup known as Operation Venona (which remained classified until 1995) are just some of the dramatic episodes detailed here.

Publisher: Washington, DC : Brassey's, 2001
ISBN: 9781574883671
Branch Call Number: 355.3432 GAN
Characteristics: xi, 324 p. : ill
Alternative Title: Stealing secrets, telling lies


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