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It feels a bit unfair to criticise this book for making the topic of espionage and special operations during the Second World War for being a bit dry and lacking in action. Max Hastings is pretty explicit in his approach to the subject that he wants to emphasise the much greater importance of the less exciting elements of the secret war over the higher profile drama of special operations etc. I still cannot help but reflect that it is just not as much fun to listen to as I might have expected while at the same time it doesn't hang together as a comprehensive account of the subject in the way that other Hastings works do.
I guess it is largely my own fault for expecting a take similar to those of Ben Macintyre rather than a more scholarly discussion of the impact and spying and spies on the outcome of the War.
None of this is to say that it is a bad book, it isn't. It gives a very good account of an interesting subject but lacked that level of engagement that I have had with others of Hastings' books.
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As to be expected, extremely well-researched and written by Max Hastings. I wish I had bought the paper copy instead of an audiobook, though, as the narrator seems to be reciting the words without paying much attention to the material he is reading. Consequently, there are multiple mispronunciations and incorrect emphases - I had to re-listen in several places to make sense of what was being said.
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