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Six gentlemen, one goal: the destruction of Hitler's war machine
In the spring of 1939, a top-secret organization was founded in London: Its purpose was to plot the destruction of Hitler's war machine through spectacular acts of sabotage.
The guerrilla campaign that followed was every bit as extraordinary as the six men who directed it. One of them, Cecil Clarke, was a maverick engineer who had spent the 1930s inventing futuristic caravans. Now his talents were put to more devious use: He built the dirty bomb used to assassinate Hitler's favorite, Reinhard Heydrich. Another, William Fairbairn, was a portly pensioner with an unusual passion: He was the world's leading expert in silent killing, hired to train the guerrillas being parachuted behind enemy lines. Led by dapper Scotsman Colin Gubbins, these men - along with three others - formed a secret inner circle that, aided by a group of formidable ladies, single-handedly changed the course of the Second World War: a cohort handpicked by Winston Churchill whom he called his Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare.
Churchill's Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare is a gripping and vivid narrative of adventure and derring-do that is also, perhaps, the last great untold story of the Second World War.
©2016 Giles Milton (P)2016 Macmillan Audio
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By Lily Katz on 03-12-17

Outstanding tale of daring-do & brilliant mindsI

I loved this book. I'm a WW2 history buff. This story of secret weapons, guerilla warfare, sabotage and brilliant weapons, tactics people kept my attention (and much, much more).

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By J. Mormino on 03-31-17

Great story, crippled by mediocre narration.

Most of the time, I'm enthused when an author reads her or his own work. There's a certain authenticity I enjoy from being read to by the author.

It doesn't always work out though, and a professional voice over actor is the best move - like in this case. The publisher should have scouted out any number of professional voice people to do the narration rather than letting the author tackle his own work. I feel that the storytelling (for some of the historical accounts read like an Ian Fleming novel) could have benefited from a professional who could bring life and drama to the text, rather than sounding like someone's enthusiastic grandfather getting caught up in a bedtime story.

And then there's the French. Oh, the French. The pronunciation is insanely hard to listen to. The poor chap mangles the French place names, proper names of people and even the French dialog that he wrote. It's not merely grating on the ears, it's at times practically unintelligible to listen to, which can greatly interfere with the understanding of the story he's trying to tell.

It's an enjoyable enough book, I guess - an easy read that collapses into its own tone, which can feel a little methodical or plodding by the end. I found myself continually wanting to know more, but by the end I had decided I would have preferred to read a similar account by an author with a more dynamic and varied tone.

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