Between Silk and Cyanide A Codemaker's War, 1941-1945

ISBN-10: 068486780X

ISBN-13: 9780684867809

Edition: 2000

Authors: Leo Marks

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In 1942, Leo Marks left his father's famous bookshop, 84 Charing Cross Road, and went off to fight the war. He was twenty-two. Soon recognized as a cryptographer of genius, he became head of communications at the Special Operations Executive (SOE), where he revolutionized the codemaking techniques of the Allies and trained some of the most famous agents dropped into occupied Europe, including "the White Rabbit" and Violette Szabo. As a top codemaker, Marks had a unique perspective on one of the most fascinating and, until now, little-known aspects of the Second World War. Writing with the narrative flair and vivid characterization of his famous screenplays, Marks gives free rein to his keen sense of the absurd and his wry wit, resulting in a thrilling and poignant memoir that celebrates individual courage and endeavor, without losing sight of the human cost and horror of war.
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List price: $35.99
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Free Press
Publication date: 9/12/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 624
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

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