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Secret Codes, ciphers, strategic misdirection, and more: Deception was one of the most powerful weapons utilized by the Allies in World War II. Here are all the amazing tricks and leaked misfortunes—many revealed for the first time—that helped lure the Axis powers into false, even dangerous, positions. The collection of incredible codes, surreptitious spies, and false battle plans is made all the more enjoyable by Thaddeus Holt’s masterful writing, as well as the accompanying photos. His novel-like storytelling includes many illuminating profiles of the war’s central figures and the roles they played in specific deceptive operations.
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''His fascinating account of its (allied military deception) triumph is unlikely to be bettered.' (Nicholas Rankin THE TLS )
'meticulous, encyclopaedic history of wartime deception.....a masterly study' (Max Hastings THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH )
'The immense labour of research that Thaddeus Holt has undertaken to produce this work is proof indeed of his passionate interest in the deceivers.' (Noble Frankland THE SPECTATOR )
'THE DECEIVERS provides the first thorough survey of western Allied military deception during the second world war, and traces its development in meticulous detail. (John Latimer THE GUARDIAN )
'A masterly history of deception operations' (Michael Tillotson THE TIMES )
Thaddeus Holt is a lawyer, focusing primarily on litigation and administrative law. He served as Deputy Under-Secretary of the Army, 1965-67. His articles and book reviews have appeared in MHQ, the New York Times, the Journal of Military History, Virginia Quarterly Review
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