By Raymond J. Batvinis

the area was once at conflict, the United States precariously poised at the sidelines. yet already a moment mystery struggle used to be good underway with the U.S. greatly within the thick of it. whereas he fought at the domestic entrance to consolidate the FBI's intelligence amassing energy, J. Edgar Hoover used to be carrying out an all-out crusade to make his organisation America's first overseas espionage service--a crusade that will result in an uneasy alliance with British intelligence in a brilliantly profitable operation to undermine Germany during the moment global struggle. whereas items of the tale were informed sooner than, merely now, during this paintings through FBI historian and previous agent Raymond Batvinis, does this important bankruptcy within the historical past of worldwide warfare II, and of the FBI, acquired its complete due.

Taking up the story started in his acclaimed Origins of FBI Counterintelligence, Batvinis mines a wealth of heretofore untapped assets to reveal Hoover's striking connivances and accomplishments in concert—and sometimes contention—with the Allies in outsmarting German intelligence. Hoover's mystery War opens up an international of secret agent jewelry, mystery and double brokers, surveillance, codes and ciphers, cord faucets, microdots, mail drops, invisible ink, radio transmissions, and deception and disinformation because it tracks the warring international locations spreading their intelligence tentacles all through Europe and North and South the US. because it records the rocky evolution of the FBI's dating with Britain's vaunted M15 and M16, the booklet brings to gentle the feud among Hoover and William Stephenson, director of the British mystery Intelligence Service's U. S. operation, BSC.

Batvinis unearths how the employer won entry to extremely intelligence, because of the British decryption of the ENIGMA code, besides the strenuous efforts to maintain the Germans at the hours of darkness approximately it. He uncovers eye-opening info of the FBI's participation within the famed "Double-Cross process, which successfully "turned" German brokers opposed to the homeland, between them a flamboyant, larger-larger-than-life playboy, an international well-known French flyer, and a lecherous Dutchman. Batvinis tells for the 1st time how the Bureau manipulated those brokers, and the way it transmitted misleading details severe to the Normandy landings, the Allied invasion of the Marshall Islands, and the atomic bomb application, between different issues. wealthy with secrets and techniques and surprises helpful of the best undercover agent fiction, this actual tale of espionage and counterintelligence offers us our first transparent examine the key moment global warfare, and an important second in history—for the FBI, for the US, and for the world.

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