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From spy missions to code breaking, this richly illustrated account of the covert operations of World War II takes readers behind the battle lines and deep into the undercover war effort that changed the course of history.
From the authors who created 'Eyewitness to World War II' and numerous other best-selling illustrated reference books, this is the shocking story behind the covert activity that shaped the outcome of one of the world’s greatest conflicts—and the destiny of millions of people. National Geographic’s landmark book illuminates World War II as never before by taking you inside the secret lives of spies and spy masters, secret agents and secret armies, Enigma machines and code breakers, psychological warfare and black propaganda, secret weapons and secret battle strategies.
Seven heavily illustrated narrative chapters reveal the truth behind the lies and deception that shaped the “secret war;” eight essays showcase hundreds of rare photos and artifacts (many never before seen); more than 50 specially created sidebars tell the stories of spies and secret operations. Renowned historian and top-selling author Stephen Hyslop reveals this little-known side of the war in captivating detail, weaving in extraordinary eyewitness accounts and information only recently declassified. Rare photographs, artifacts, and illuminating graphics enrich this absorbing reference book.
This book is a beautiful treatment of the uses of mis-information during the War. It is useful for teaching students of all types about psychological warfare. The artifacts and photos are arranged to tell a powerful story that is seldom appreciated. However, its lack of diversity could be seen as a case study in the use of 'Black Propaganda.' Even the name of this technique, as contrasted with 'White Propaganda' in the text, could be considered an example of implicit bias because the historic contributions of all non-Europeans are simply missing. A narrative comprising only Europeans could be seen as a less vile meme than Aryan supremacy, but a form of supremacy just the same.
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This was the third book we purchased for my son to read for his History lessons since I homeschool him. He loves these books. Highly recommended.
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