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Kempei Tai, the Japanese Secret Service: Then and Now

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Paperback, 320 pages
Published June 1st 1990 by Tuttle Publishing (first published February 1st 1982)
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carl  theaker
Nov 14, 2016 carl theaker rated it liked it
Shelves: ww2

Disinformation is a key part of the intelligence game and British author Richard Deacon, if that is indeed his real name, oh wait it’s not! His real name is Donald McCormick.

While it is not unusual to have a pen name in the literary world, the trail on finding out about Deacon/McCormick was at least half the fun of reading this book about the Japanese Secret Service.

Dating back to the 1500s, Japan had a culture of Secret Societies, which became a way of getting things done beneath the surfa
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Bob
Apr 12, 2016 Bob rated it liked it
I learned a lot from this book but cannot say it was very readable. This is largely due to the author using a lot of source material verbatim and ending up with a mixture of many styles. It also seemed lacking in overview, which might have helped put all the pieces into perspective. Perhaps there is not enough known about all the secret societies and secret police to have a good overview, he warned me in the introduction that it was a difficult book to write given the lack of source material.

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Seth
Jan 12, 2008 Seth rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Agonizing. I would probably appreciate it more now that my brain can penetrate the fog of intricately detailed dry academic history, but my memory is agonizing.
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