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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 ...more
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.