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The Walls Have Ears The Greatest Intelligence Operation of World War II Free download ò 4 ↠ [Epub] ➝ The Walls Have Ears The Greatest Intelligence Operation of World War II Author Helen Fry – A history of the elaborate and brilliantly sustained World WaEd behind the walls to record and transcribe their private conversations This mission proved so effective that it would go on to be set up at three further sites and provide the Allies with Walls Have Ears Epub #223 crucial insight into new technology being developed by the Nazis In this astonishing history Helen Fry uncovers the inner workings of the bugging operation On arrival at stately homes. This book was a great disappointment to me I heard the author on the Oct 19 2019 History Extra Podcast discussing this book and the podcast was absolutely fascinating She recounted the story of how British Intelligence in WWII conducted an extensive bugging of the uarters of captured German generals and other high ranking officers and in the process collecting an enormous amount of valuable intelligence She also described some of the hijinks of these officers for whom the term man children would seem to have been invented Fry's discussion in the podcast very much reminded me of Jeremy Bernstein's excellent if dense 2001 book HITLER'S URANIUM CLUB about a similar effort after the defeat of Germany where Heisenberg and all of the other leading German physicists on the Nazi atom bomb project were similarly placed under comprehensive but surreptitious surveillance with similarly profitable resultsAll in all the podcast with Helen Fry was excellent and I would tell anyone interested to listen to it On that basis I bought the book for myself and even gave another copy as a Christmas present to a friend expecting of the same from the book details of the backstory and so on Unfortunately I now wish I had stopped there as the podcast like some movie trailers really did contain all the best parts of the storyAt the level of composition the book suffers from a notable lack of what I call connective tissue There are a lot of facts a lot of uotations and a lot being told but for the most part they are butted up against each other with no good narrative flow carrying these facts along In short there is generally no story I know that Fry is capable of telling a good story because she did so in the History Extra podcast better than many of the other authors featured in it and because in this very book she does so specifically in Chapter Six Battle of the Generals which starts at page 99 than a 13rd of the way in In Chapter Six she very much tells a story and a very good one about the generals and their shenanigans as well as the information that she disclosedSome pedants including all too many academics of my acuaintance are uncomfortable or dismissive of the idea of the story They think that facts should just tell themselves that what is important is objective reporting of facts The idea of telling a story is not antithetical to either objectivity or to facts It is simply reflective of the fact that most of us when outside of areas of our immediate interest and knowledge and even within these areas as well don't want to read shorthand In other words don't give us a staccato set of disparate pieces of information but rather weave an account that can bring together these facts in a way that the mind can apprehend easily and with interest A similar effort of just the facts took place in mathematics with the Bourbaki school who submitted papers consisting only of euations No less a figure than the Nobel Prize winning physicist Hans Bethe who certainly was no mathematical slouch blasted this approach largely in the same way I described above Given that Fry made material in the middle of the book so interesting I know she can do it My own feeling is that like a lot of books published today this was at best a rough middle draft I don't blame her for this kind of structure I do it a lot IN DRAFT FORM as well It is probably a necessary and inevitable step to produce a draft where the facts simply are butted together this draft then serves as a the penultimate step towards the final story driven draft I suspect that the publisher should have spent much time editing this volume Another sign of the lack of editing and one that dropped my ranking one whole star were the

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Turned prisons Walls Have Ears The Greatest PDF or like Trent Park high ranking German generals and commanders were given a phony interrogation then Walls Have Ears The Greatest PDF or treated as guests wined and dined at exclusive clubs and encouraged to talk And so it was that the Allies got access to some of Hitler’s most closely guarded secrets and from those most entrusted to protect them. Great topic but written in the most tedious way possible Listened to the podcast with this author which was much better BBC history

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The Walls Have Ears The Greatest Intelligence Operation of World War IIA history of Have Ears ePUB #8608 the elaborate and brilliantly sustained World War II intelligence operation by which Hitler’s generals were tricked into giving away vital Nazi secrets At the outbreak of World War II MI spymaster Thomas Kendrick arrived at the Tower of London to set up The Walls ePUB #9734 a top secret operation German prisoners’ cells were to be bugged and listeners install. This book was not uite what I expected Early chapters were riveting outlining the set up of M Rooms microphone rooms and the extent to which the cells rooms buildings even trees windowsills and plants were bugged But the book felt muddled midway through and disappointingly the intriguing character of Lord Aberfeldy played a very small role despite how promising the blurb made him sound Instead focus was placed upon feuds between the cohort of German generals This did make for interesting even amusing reading one’s complaints about bedroom arrangements come to mind — but Aberfeldy was one of the main reasons I bought this bookIn other chapters there were so many transcripts uoted and briefly analysed that it was disorientating to read Near the end the author also repeated a few uotes which had already appearedNow I didn’t dislike this book by any means What a fascinating topic I’m keen to see how the declassification of these intelligence files inform other books in the future It’s just that the book seemed to lose momentum as it went on; in part because of the introduction and then mysterious disappearance of Aberfeldy but also because the second half was drawn out to make space for the generals