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How I Discovered World War II's Greatest Spy

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How I Discovered World War II's Greatest Spy

How I Discovered World War II's Greatest Spy

and Other Stories of Intelligence and Code

489 pages, parution le 17/01/2014


Spies, secret messages, and military intelligence have fascinated readers for centuries but never more than today, when terrorists threaten America and society depends so heavily on communications. Much of what was known about communications intelligence came first from David Kahn's pathbreaking book, The Codebreakers. Kahn, considered the dean of intelligence historians, is also the author of Hitler's Spies: German Military Intelligence in World War II and Seizing the Enigma: The Race to Break the German U-Boat Codes, 1939-1943, among other books and articles.

Kahn's latest book, How I Discovered World War II's Greatest Spy and Other Stories of Intelligence and Code, provides insights into the dark realm of intelligence and code that will fascinate cryptologists, intelligence personnel, and the millions interested in military history, espionage, and global affairs. It opens with Kahn telling how he discovered the identity of the man who sold key information about Germany's Enigma machine during World War II that enabled Polish and then British codebreakers to read secret messages.

Next Kahn addresses the question often asked about Pearl Harbor: since we were breaking Japan's codes, did President Roosevelt know that Japan was going to attack and let it happen to bring a reluctant nation into the war? Kahn looks into why Nazi Germany's totalitarian intelligence was so poor, offers a theory of intelligence, explicates what Clausewitz said about intelligence, tells-on the basis of an interview with a head of Soviet codebreaking-something about Soviet Comint in the Cold War, and reveals how the Allies suppressed the second greatest secret of WWII.

Providing an inside look into the efforts to gather and exploit intelligence during the past century, this book presents powerful ideas that can help guide present and future intelligence efforts. Though stories of WWII spying and codebreaking may seem worlds apart from social media security, computer viruses, and Internet surveillance, this book offers timeless lessons that may help today's leaders avoid making the same mistakes that have helped bring at least one global power to its knees. The book includes a Foreword written by Bruce Schneier.

L'auteur David Kahn

David Kahn is universally regarded as the dean of intelligence historians. He is the author of Seizing the Enigma: The Race to Break the German U-Boats Codes, 1939-1943. His pathbreaking book The Codebreakers, the classic history of codemaking and codebreaking remains in stalwart print 45 years after its publication (portions have been updated). He is also the co-founder of the Taylor & Francis journal, Cryptologia, which continues to attract new subscribers.


  • How I Discovered World War II's Greatest Spy
  • Who Was the Greatest Spy of World War II?
  • Did Roosevelt Know?
  • Pearl Harbor and the Inadequacy of Cryptanalysis
  • Appendix: A Japanese Cryptosystem
  • The Woman Who Made the Key Discovery
  • How the United States Viewed Germany and Japan in 1941
  • Roosevelt, Magic, and Ultra
  • Edward Bell and His Zimmermann Telegram Memoranda
  • Cryptology and the Origins of Spread Spectrum
  • Secret Telephone in the Cabinet War Rooms
  • Defining Terms
  • The First Unbreakable Scrambler
  • Vocoder Speech Synthesizer Studied
  • Enter the X-System
  • Telephones Protected against Tapping
  • Training Conducted in Secret
  • For Churchill, a Cigar and Informality
  • General Strategy by Telephone
  • Summit Conferences Amid Informality
  • To Probe Further
  • Rise of Intelligence
  • Intelligence in World War II: A Survey
  • Germany's Intelligence Failure in World War II
  • An Enigma Chronology
  • The Black Code
  • Nothing Sacred: The Allied Solution of Vatican Codes in World War II
  • Finland's Codebreaking in World War II
  • Soviet Comint in the Cold War
  • How the Allies Suppressed the Second Greatest Secret of World War II
  • Acknowledgments
  • Part IV A Theory, Clausewitz, and More
  • An Historical Theory of Intelligence
  • The Past
  • The Present
  • The Future
  • Clausewitz on Intelligence
  • Surprise and Secrecy: Two Thoughts
  • Intelligence Lessons in Macbeth
  • How Garbles Tricked History
  • The Cryptologic Origin of Braille
  • The Only False Message I Know
  • The Prehistory of the General Staff
  • Charles J. Mendelsohn and why I Envy Him
  • Acknowledgment
  • The Man in the Iron Mask: Encore ET Enfin, Cryptologically
  • Chiffres Diplomatiques
  • Students Better than a Pro (Bazeries) and an Author (Candela)
  • The Old Master of Austrian Cryptology
  • Book Review
  • Enigma Uncracked: The Allies Fail to Break the German Cipher Machine
  • The Future of the Past: Questions in Cryptologic History
  • Acknowledgments
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Caractéristiques techniques du livre "How I Discovered World War II's Greatest Spy"

Éditeur(s) CRC Press (Taylor and Francis Group)
Auteur(s) David Kahn
Parution 17/01/2014
Nb. de pages 489
Couverture Cartonné
Intérieur Noir et Blanc
EAN13 9781466561991
ISBN13 978-1-4665-6199-1


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