ISBN13:978-0684867809 ISBN10: 068486780X This edition has also been released as: ISBN13: 978-0684864228 ISBN10: 0684864223
Summary: In 1942, Leo Marks left his father's famous bookshop, 84 Charing Cross Road, and went off to fight the war. He was twenty-two. Soon recognized as a cryptographer of genius, he became head of communications at the Special Operations Executive (SOE), where he revolutionized the codemaking techniques of the Allies and trained some of the most famous agents dropped into occupied Europe, including "the White Rabbit" and Violette Szabo. As a top codemaker, Marks
had a unique perspective on one of the most fascinating and, until now, little-known aspects of the Second World War.
Writing with the narrative flair and vivid characterization of his famous screenplays, Marks gives free rein to his keen sense of the absurd and his wry wit, resulting in a thrilling and poignant memoir that celebrates individual courage and endeavor, without losing sight of the human cost and horror of war.
Summary: In 1942, Leo Marks left his father's famous bookshop, 84 Charing Cross Road, and went off to fight the war. He was twenty-two. Soon recognized as a cryptographer of genius, he became head of communications at the Special Operations Executive (SOE), where he revolutionized the codemaking techniques of the Allies and trained some of the most famous agents dropped into occupied Europe, including "the White Rabbit" and Violette Szabo. As a top codemaker, Marks had a unique perspective on one of the most fascinating and, until now, little-known aspects of the Second World War.
Writing with the narrative flair and vivid characterization of his famous screenplays, Marks gives free rein to his keen sense of the absurd and his wry wit, resulting in a thrilling and poignant memoir that celebrates individual courage and endeavor, without losing sight of the human cost and horror of war. ...show less
Edition/Copyright:98 Cover: Paperback Publisher:Touchstone Books Year Published: 1998 International: No
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1. A Hard Man to Place 2. The Pilot Light 3. A Collector's Item 4. 'Merde Alors!' 5. All Things Bright and Beautiful 6. The Fifth Grouse 7. SOE-minded 8. The Plumber and His Mate 9. The Godfather 10. The Sixth Sense 11. The High-Pitched Bleep 12. A Shock Discovery 13. The Biter Bitten 14. The Last-Chance Month 15. The Bolt Hole 16. A Question of Y 17. Arquebus, Gunnerside and Golf 18. The Coding Cabaret 19. Summit Meeting 20. The Findings of the Court 21. Repercussions 22. The Launching of Plan Giskes 23. Special Devices 24. Judgement Day 25. Permission to Proceed? 26. Court Martial 27. Criminal Negligence 28. Green Ink 29. Best Read at Night 30. The War Dance 31. Accidents Will Happen 32. Pilgrim's Progress 33. The 'Hard Men' 34. Judicial Review 35. The Masterstroke 36. Desperate Measures 37. Punitive Expedition 38. The Secret Weapon 39. Appointment with Royalty 40. The Extended Briefing 41. Operation Gift-horse 42. A Terrible Gaffe 43. Operation Sidetrack 44. Beyond Belief 45. Parallel Action 46. The Club Rules 47. Lake Como's Bottom 48. 'I Hereby Bequeath' 49. A Treat for the Natives 50. Homecoming 51. Stranglehold 52. Man with a Mission 53. Breaking Point 54. Who Stole Your Grace? 55. The Forty-Eight Mistakes 56. Unique in SOE 57. The Major Development 58. 'If I Should Die, Etcetera' 59. The Invisible Presence 60. Fumigated 61. A Mere Squadron Leader 62. Without Precedent 63. Open Arrest 64. Misgivings 65. 'The Life that I Have' 66. April Fool's Day 67. The New Boys 68. Inexcusable 69. For Your Ears Only 70. Neptune's Trident 71. Staying Power 72. 'They Also Serve' 73. Self-Defence 74. Taken for Granted 75. The Day of Reckoning 76. Pockets of Resistance 77. Operation Periwig 78. Serial Number 47685 79. For Services Rendered 80. Exemplary Conduct 81. The Last Mischief Epilogue Appendix Index
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