Up close and personal with history’s best spies and spymasters. What’s it like to be a spy during wartime? Or, better yet, a spymaster running the show? These books give you a bird’s-eye view of the harrowing life of a spy, or the travails of a spymaster, from the greatest era of espionage—World War II.
In 1942, Leo Marks left his father's famous bookshop, 84 Charing Cross Road, and went off to fight the war. He was twenty-two. Soon recognized as a cryptographer of genius, he became head of communications at the Special Operations Executive (SOE), where he revolutionized the codemaking techniques of the Allies and trained some of the most famous agents dropped into occupied Europe, including "the White Rabbit" and Violette Szabo. As a top codemaker, Marks had a unique perspective on one of the most fascinating and, until now, little-known aspects of the Second World War.