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The Puppet Masters: Spies, Traitors and the Real Forces Behind World Events

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The secret world of military intelligence—written by a senior intelligence officer John Hughes-Wilson is a former intelligence officer, and is ideally placed to reveal the secret history of military intelligence. He takes us "behind the scenes"of military and political events from Elizabeth Ito Osama bin Laden and the crisis in the Middle East. The book is divided into th ...more
Paperback, 480 pages
Published November 10th 2005 by Phoenix (first published December 1st 2004)
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Phill Parker
Jan 25, 2015 Phill Parker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I took a course way back in my university daze called "Security and Intelligence" (insert oxymoron joke here). After the final lecture, I marched up to my professor and earnestly thanked him -- not because I was brown nosing, but because that was the best damn course in school. The Puppet Masters was not a textbook for that class, but it could have topped the reading list. This is not damning it with faint praise: Textbooks are stereotyped as dry and academic, while The Puppet Masters blew my mi ...more
Sandra Strange
Wow! If you have any interest at all in what makes history and in spies and conspiracies and intelligence gathering through the ages, this book is for you. Thesis: that the best generals only succeed through great Intelligence. You want the truth about Washington, Lincoln, Napoleon and Bismarck's success, about the Cold War, not to mention World Wars I and II? Read this book. The author grasps what is really interesting and adds his own (prejudiced, but entertaining) comments. Teachers of histor ...more
Dec 15, 2015 Sally-W rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book caught my attention because I really enjoy espionage fiction. I found it interesting but the more I read, the more dissatisfied I became with the number of errors.

I have to assume that whoever edited the Kindle version tired after a while and abandoned the project. There were repetitive sentences following one another that could have been cut, missing hyphens, missing prepositions, missing articles, poor grammar - eg. "was an SIS. officer", repeated phrases - "it was the it was the".

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Vikas Datta
Nov 25, 2014 Vikas Datta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A most fascinating, erudite and comprehensive account of the role of hidden influence, covert operations and a range of master manipulators of men and situations in history and statecraft down the ages. Seamlessly integrates theoretical aspects with examples and anecdotes galore to give a good feel of the subject and underplay that fact can definitely be much more strange and singular than the most lurid fiction...
Jul 04, 2012 Craig rated it liked it
Not bad, just not brilliant. I enjoyed learning about the history of espionage, from Roman times to the present. I only rate it 3 stars as its doesn't tax the brain too much, but is a book I'd most certainly recommend, and read again some day.
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