Game of Spies: The Secret Agent, the Traitor and the Nazi, Bordeaux 1942-1944 by Paddy Ashdown

Game of Spies: The Secret Agent, the Traitor and the Nazi, Bordeaux 1942-1944

byPaddy Ashdown

Hardcover | November 8, 2016

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This is an untold, beautifully-written spy story set in wartime occupied France with a brilliant but ruthless British secret agent at its heart. A spy story like no other.Game of Spies tells the story of a lethal spy triangle with three men at its centre - a brilliant, ruthless British secret agent Roger Landes, the Gestapo counter-espionage office called Friedrich Dohse, who was charged with finding him, and French Resistance leader Andre Grandclement, responsible for the most controversial betrayal that took place in wartime France. From 1942 until 1944 these three enemies were drawn into a lethal dance in which comrades, Allied agents and downed pilots were sold to the Germans as casually as if they were crates of wine.What follows is a story of espionage, bed-hopping, treachery and executions. Set in occupied wartime Bordeaux - a city described as 'la plus collaboratrice' in all France - Paddy Ashdown's book is the first to tell this extraordinary true story from all sides and gives a vivid picture of the times through the eyes of its three principal characters. There are moments of courage and stupidity as well as some very black deeds but the basic ingredient of this thrilling history is a story of how ordinary, untrained people in occupied Europe faced great questions of life, death and survival - and how the rumble of an RAF Halifax from London dropping vital supplies told them that they were not alone.

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After service as a Royal Marine and as an intelligence officer for the UK security services, Paddy Ashdown was a Member of Parliament for Yeovil from 1983 to 2001, and leader of the Liberal Democrats from 1988 until 1999. Later he was the international High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina from 2002 to 2006. He was made a Knig...

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Title:Game of Spies: The Secret Agent, the Traitor and the Nazi, Bordeaux 1942-1944Format:HardcoverDimensions:400 pagesPublished:November 8, 2016Publisher:HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERSLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0008140820

ISBN - 13:9780008140823

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'Fascinating and fast moving' Literary ReviewPraise for 'The Cruel Victory':'A powerful account of an extraordinary story.' The Times'A fine account.' 5*, Daily Telegraph'Paddy Ashdown has produced the most thorough history to date of the Resistance in the Vercors. Written with pace, the detail is fine. and Ashdown is well-placed to write this book, which requires an understanding of military strategy, diplomacy and political shenanigans, as well as old fashioned story telling skill.' SpectatorPraise for A Brilliant Little Operation:'The story of Operation Frankton is an extreme example of a plan brilliantly conceived and badly botched. The ten commandos who made a secret canoe raid in 1942 on German merchant ships have become icons of British wartime derring-do.' The Times'No doubt many more books will be written about the war, but I hope this becomes a model for them since, though the heroism of our boys is stirring stuff, history only makes real sense if you can see it from all sides.' Daily Telegraph'Paddy Ashdown has sifted the facts from the myths to write a fascinating and very personal account.' Independent'It moves at the pace of a thriller and it's real' Nick Ferrari, Sunday Express'Ashdown's insights and his extensive research in an impressive range of archives will ensure that yet another work on the subject will not be required in the foreseeable future.' Times Literary Supplement