Category: Historical

REVIEW: The Imperial War Museum Book of War Behind Enemy Lines

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By Julian Thompson. London: Sidgwick & Jackson, 1998. 476 pages. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Sixty years after World War II, writing about wartime secret intelligence and special operations units remains a lively enterprise. The UK's Imperial War Museum adds this volume to its impressive and growing list of publications that draw on the extensive museum holdings of official

REVIEW: Killing Pablo The Hunt for the World’s Greatest Outlaw

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by Mark Bowden. New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, 2001. 296 pages. __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ The author of the bestseller Black Hawk Down, which depicted the U.S. military's involvement in Somalia, Bowden hits another home run with his chronicle of the manhunt for Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar. He traces the prevalence of violence in Colombian history as

REVIEW: Spies and Saboteurs. Anglo-American Collaboration and Rivalry in Human Intelligence Collection and Special Operations, 1940-45

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by Jay Jakub. London: Macmillan Press, Ltd., 1999. 280 pages. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Sixty years of the US/UK "special relationship" has tended to mask the tensions that percolated through the early years of Anglo-American intelligence cooperation in World War II. Two recent works–by Richard Aldrich and Jay Jacub–remind us of both the leadership collaboration that led to

REVIEW: Intelligence and the War Against Japan. Britain, America and the Politics of Secret Service

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by Richard J. Aldrich. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2000. 500 pages. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Intelligence and the War Against Japan offers the first comprehensive history of the development of the British secret service and its relations with its American intelligence counterparts during the war against Japan. Richard J. Aldrich makes extensive use of recently declassified files

REVIEW: The Cultural Cold War: The CIA and the World of Arts and Letters

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By Frances Stonor Saunders. New York: The New Press, 2000. 509 pages. Reviewed by Thomas M. Troy, Jr. If The Cultural Cold War had been published in the 1960s or 1970s, it most likely would have caused a sensation and been a best seller. It would have provoked anguished editorials in major Western newspapers and

Cracking a Vietnam War Mystery

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New Book Uses Long-Hidden Communist Sources to Explore a Potential Missed Opportunity for Peace in 1966. The inside story of these murky diplomatic machinations, as well as other revelations concerning the Vietnam War, the Cold War, the Sino-Soviet split, and American politics and journalism in the 1960s, can now be found in Hershberg’s book, published