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The tales of the double agents featured in this book sound too good to be true, which makes it all the more amazing that they are. Though all six agents were certainly cunning and brave, they could also be irrational, petty, and selfish—essentially, human. All were crucial to the success of Operation Fortitude, the Allied campaign to trick the Germans into believing that the invasion of France would happen at Calais, not Normandy. MacIntyre brings these spies to life through his vivid descriptions, making it clear that despite the sexy job title and sometimes outlandish duties, these agents suffered and sacrificed.

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ISBN: 9780307888778
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Published: Broadway Books - May 14th, 2013

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In Bloodlands, Timothy Snyder argues that the Holocaust is just one part of a larger tragedy: that of the deaths of 14 million--not one a result of combat--in the vast area between Berlin and Moscow. Snyder not only provides an excellent account of World War II on the Eastern front but illuminates the humanity in the countless lives lost due to Hitler’s and Stalin’s cruel policies. Snyder asks each of us not just to condemn but to understand the motivations behind these14 million deaths--so that we make sure we neither forget nor repeat these horrors.

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Published: Basic Books - October 2nd, 2012

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Veteran reporter William Geroux finds a fascinating chapter of WWII history practically in his own backyard, chronicling the men and women of Mathews County, Virginia in The Mathews Men. This town full of Merchant Mariners was a crucial part of the war effort, transporting supplies and oil across the Atlantic, Caribbean, and Gulf of Mexico to allied forces. Not soldiers, and without the means to defend themselves, they were often victims of both predatory German U-boats and the dangers of the sea. The Hodges family alone sent seven sons out on the ocean, and the stories of their perils, near-misses, daring rescues, and heartbreaking losses deserve to be told and remembered.

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ISBN: 9780143109266
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Published: Penguin Books - March 21st, 2017

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