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.
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Rip-Roarin' Tale of Devoted 'Cads'!
vary the pitch now and again!
Yes. The story is very good. Great characters, circumstances, events, and outcomes. WWII in a light one may not have considered.
Covers some of the same historical ground as Churchill's Secret Warriors: The Explosive True Story of the Special Forces Desperadoes of WWII.
Authors don't always seem to be the best narrators of their own work, it seems. I would have loved to hear Simon Prebble or Simon Vance or John Lee or several others read this book. I just found the narrator pitched it high and at the top all the way through. It was relentless! I can appreciate the enthusiasm and the awareness, but reading at this high pitch and intensity without break or nuance diminishes the information and actually at times made it annoying and occasionally hard to follow. Variation in pitch, prosody, tone is the key. It really sounded like he was shouting all the way through.
I think the book is worth a listen for its content, but not necessarily the performance by the author as reader.