Richard Wires takes us to the heart of the Cicero Affair David Kahn, author of The CodebreakersThe valet of the British ambassador to Ankara in 1943 was an enterprising young man who understood he could steal and photograph vitally important documents of great interest to the Nazi war machine The spy story became immensely popular with the film Five Fingers starring James Mason Author Richard Wires has written the definitive account of the Cicero case and placed it in its proper historical context in neutral Turkey at the turning point of World War II Intrigue, mystery, and greed form the background to the classic account of a famous spy case....
|Title||:||The Cicero Spy Affair: German Access to British Secrets in World War II|
|Publisher||:||Enigma Books First Paperback Edition edition June 1, 2009|
|Number of Pages||:||300 pages|
|File Size||:||663 KB|
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The Cicero Spy Affair: German Access to British Secrets in World War II Reviews
The strength and value of this book, factually, is the research. I value research which puts to rest false data which has become entrenched as fact. This book does exactly that. So, anyone who appreciates good research, or if you will, good investigation into history will surely value this book as I do. Where the author claims Cicero, or Elyesa Bazna, was the greatest spy of WWII is the one time the author veers from facts of research and strays into opinion. I mention this point for the purpose of pointing out that despite having marshalled impressive facts, the weakest area of reserach and investigation is the deriving of the proper conclusion from the facts. There are, of course, other places where the author offers conjectures and conclusions which are opinion at best. These places are obvious and the reader can either accept or reject them, but the reader will know that the author is trying to give his narrative continuity and thus not buy into them without reservation. Overall, this is a book worth reading if one has an interest in the espionage capers of WWII supported by excellent research and writing.
This well researched book reveals the pivotal role played by diplomats of Britain and Germany, and to a lessor degree the US, in Turkey during World War II. Anyone interested in reading a real spy story would enjoy this book. But for chance, WWII could have had a very different ending.
I was interested more in the actual actions that concentrated on Cicero. This book is more of a history lesson on German polotics in WWII
Richar Wires does himself most admirably here,in placing 'Cicero' in a wider focus, enlarging one's knowledge of WWII espionage significantly.As much as I enjoyed "The Cicero Affair" and "Five Fingers," to be without the depth and understanding of the principals in this spy episode is like viewing the Mona Lisa only on TV. The overall effect is to add brilliant color to a prized black-and-white photo. Not only are you left with a deeper understanding of wartime espionage but a respectful regard for the diplomatic corps at that period. Who could believe that an amateur servant, with the right impulse, and appropriate acting bravadoes, could upset several continents, and get his just desserts? Or did he? This was an engrossing read, a combination treasure-hunt for clues weighed against fact that is hard to put down. 50 years later the WWII victor, USA, chooses to believe the documents presented before Congress by its internal security watchdogs. Go figure.
This is not a neutral, unbiased review. Even before finishing The Cicero Spy Affair: German Access to British Secrets in World War II, I'd bought second and third copies to forward to author and scholar par excellence Richard Wires for autographing and forwarding to relatives as gifts. How many other reviews posted on this website -- or any other, for that matter -- are based on a copy of the subject volume autographed by the author at his home? I bet very few. This review is an appreciation, really. If you like the numerous excerpts I've included below, you will have to get the book to get more, as this is only a sampling.