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Need to Know: World War II and the Rise of American Intelligence

During World War II, American intelligence grew exponentially from cottage industry to industrial conglomerate. It did so under great pressure in order to win the war against the Axis. Told through the eyes of memorable codebreakers and spies, this groundbreaking book is a rare look across the board at the many kinds of intelligence that developed during the war and laid the foundation for post-war growth. It is documented yet readable, and can serve as an introduction or an overview.

Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy: Ernest Hemingway’s Secret Adventures, 1935-1961

Hemingway was far more involved in the world of secrets and intrigue than has previously been acknowledged, and that involvement made an important difference in his life. Starting with the Spanish Civil War and ending with the Cuban Revolution, the author finds a coherent thread, then examines the hidden cost. 

Treason was No Crime, Ludwig Beck, Chief of the German General Staff (German Translation: Beck, Gehorsam und Widerstand)

General Ludwig Beck was a thorough-going traditionalist who, by stages, turned against Hitler and then took the reins of the German conspiracy to overthrow him.  The last act of the tragedy occurred on July 20, 1944, when the conspirators' bomb failed to kill the dictator.  Beck committed suicide a few hours later.

Basrah, Baghdad, and Beyond: The U. S. Marine Corps in the Second Iraq War

How the Marines planned and prepared for war, deployed to theater, crossed the line of departure and, in the spring of 2003, fought their way to Baghdad—and beyond. This first overview of Marines in Operation Iraqi Freedom is grounded in oral history interviews, contemporary reports, and first - hand journals.