A Man Called Intrepid (Magill's Literary Annual 1977)
William Stevenson’s A Man Called Intrepid: The Secret War is the third book to appear in the last two years which deals with the subject of Anglo-American espionage activities during World War II. First, Frederick Winterbotham revealed in The Ulta Secret how the British intelligence service broke the German code. Subsequently, Anthony Cave Brown, in Bodyguard of Lies, told the story of how the Allies deceived the Germans and used complex intelligence tactics to launch the D-Day invasion on June 6, 1944.
In A Man Called Intrepid, Stevenson, a Canadian journalist, provides an exciting account of the career of Sir William S. Stephenson, the Canadian industrialist and scientist, who, at the direction of Prime Minister Winston S. Churchill and with the cooperation of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, established the nerve center of worldwide British intelligence operations in New York City in June, 1940. It was at this time that Churchill assigned Stephenson the code name “Intrepid.” During the war, the author himself was involved in a special intelligence arrangement which brought him into contact with Stephenson. (Despite the similarity of their names, they are not related.) They became close friends, and some years after the war, Sir William provided his wartime colleague with his papers, which largely form the basis for A Man Called Intrepid.
In the foreword to the book, Sir William sets forth...
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Bibliography (Magill's Literary Annual 1977)
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