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A Genius for Deception: How Cunning Helped the British Win Two World Wars (2008)

by Nicholas Rankin

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This is an excellent book describing the origins and development of English camophlage, deception, spying beginning in WWI through WWII and how it all help win both wars. Rankin's writing style is not stuffy. While covering a lot of information in depth, he holds the reader's interest through human interest and a conversational, almost novel-like approach. I learned a lot about both wars in general and particular battles and how deception, propaganda and camophlage was pivotal in their success. The chapters on Lawence of Arabia were fascinating. I highly recommend this book. ( )
1 vote njstitcher | Jun 5, 2012 |
Nicholas Rankin has a fascinating story to tell of the way the British used deception in the World Wars and tells is competently. ( )
  twitham | Apr 20, 2012 |
Good book; full of detailed anecdotes and personal memories about camouflage and deception practised by the British during the First and Second World Wars. The links to Churchill are somewhat tenuous throughout but so what, it's a well written book about a shady part of warfare .

Keep an eye out for odd words selected by the author...."aroint", to mention just one example !
  xtofersdad | Jan 13, 2009 |
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"War has a way of masking the stage with scenery crudely daubed with fearsome apparitions."
- Carl Von Clausewitz, 'On War"
"War is a game that is played with a smile. Of you can't smile, grin."
- Winston S. Churchill, in the trenches near Ploegsteert
Then why have you been so hard to find?

Isn't this what the twentieth century is all about?"
"People go into hiding even when no one is looking for them."
- Don Delillo, "White Noise"
"There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact."
- Mr. Sherlock Holmes in "The Boscombe Valley Mystery" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
This book is for my dearest darling wife of 25 years
Maggie Gee
who helped so much.
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When Winston Churchill read the newspapers in Portsmouth he had a sudden, vivid feeling that something 'sinister and measureless' had occurred.

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This book tells how the British really won the Second World War - by hoodwinking Hitler, misleading Mussolini and hoaxing Hirohito.

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