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Spies of the First World War: Under Cover for King and Kaiser
by James Morton
Best-selling author James Morton tells the story of organized espionage in Britain from spy fever early in the 20th century to the end of the First World War and the rise of air intelligence. He introduces us to a world of colorful characters and dark underhand dealing in which spies, male and female, driven by love, money, patriotism or a mix of all of them, struggled to ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published May 17th 2010 by The National Archives UK
(first published April 1st 2010)
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I had high hopes for this book. Overall, it offered a lot of facts on an interesting subject, but it came off as dry and ultimately disappointing. Many passages read something like this: “So-and-so spied for country X and was arrested by such-and-such agency on this date and executed on that date.” That’s a bit of an exaggeration—some of the accounts actually stretched into multiple paragraphs. But, in general, it read like a catalog of facts. Morton no doubt did a great deal of research, and ...more
Filled with interesting facts, this book didn't adequately tell the stories it promised. Poorly organized. Desperately in need of editing and reorganization. Numerous typos. On the upside, it was thoroughly researched and the facts presented were interesting. If you enjoy *reading* about espionage, don't read this book. If you enjoy *learning* about espionage, then this book is worth the slog.
This book felt very mediocre to me. It did overview the period of time before the war fairly well, but overall I wasn't impressed. The author rarely went into depth on anything and threw in too many accounts of the spies' more immoral escapades. I wouldn't recommend it.