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Hitler's Spy Chief: The Wilhelm Canaris Betrayal: the Intelligence… (edition 2012)

by Richard Bassett

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Member:EMYeak
Title:Hitler's Spy Chief: The Wilhelm Canaris Betrayal: the Intelligence Campaign Against Adolf Hitler
Authors:Richard Bassett
Info:Pegasus (2012), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 352 pages
Collections:Read but unowned
Rating:****
Tags:nonfiction, history, WW2, intelligence, read2013

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Hitler's Spy Chief: The Wilhelm Canaris Mystery (Cassell Military Paperbacks) by Richard Bassett

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Very interesting book. I would have given it a higher rating, however it is highly inaccessible, expecting readers to have significant pre-existing knowledge of people, places, organizations, acronymns, etc., involving Europe, WWII, and more. Expect to interrupt your reading frequently to look things up online. ( )
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Wilhelm Canaris was appointed by Hitler to head the Abwehr (the German secret service) 18 months after the Nazis came to power. But Canaris turned against the Fuhrer and the Nazi regime, believing that Hitler would start a war Germany could not win. In 1938 he was involved in an attempted coup, undermined by British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain. In 1940 he sabotaged the German plan to invade England, and fed General Franco vital information that helped him keep Spain out of the war. For years he played a dangerous double game, desperately trying to keep one step ahead of the Gestapo. The SS chief, Heinrich Himmler, became suspicious of the Abwehr and by 1944, when Abwehr personnel were involved in the attempted assassination of Hitler, he had the evidence to arrest Canaris himself. Canaris was executed a few weeks before the end of the war.

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Admiral Wilhelm Canaris was appointed by Hitler to head the Abwehr (the German secret service) eighteen months after the Nazis came to power. But Canaris turned against the F?uhrer, believing that Hitler would start a war Germany could not win. In 1938 he was involved in an attempted coup, undermined by British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain. In 1940 he sabotaged the German plan to invade England, and fed General Franco vital information that helped him keep Spain out of the war. For years he played a dangerous double game, desperately trying to keep one step ahead of the Gestapo. SS chief Himmler became suspicious of Canaris and by 1944, when Abwehr personnel were involved in the attempted assassination of Hitler, he had the evidence to arrest Canaris himself. In this true story of intrigue and espionage, Richard Bassett reveals how Admiral Canaris' secret work against the German leadership changed the course of World War II.--From publisher description.… (more)

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