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DECEPTION IN WORLD WAR II., Cruickshank, Charles.
1 Cruickshank, Charles. DECEPTION IN WORLD WAR II.
Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1979. 
248 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 019215849X B&w photographs. "Dr. Cruickshank's is the first book to draw on newly-released (British) material, as well as the papers covering both American and German deception lodged in Was hington. He reveals a fascinating story of brilliant and sometimes ingenious ploys - the deployment of fake tanks, aeroplanes, and even soldiers; the phoney bases and aerodromes which looked real from the air; the build-up of troops and equ i p m e n t t o suggest an attack when none was planned; simulating the noise of battle; the continuous traffic of false radio signals; rigging the stock-market in neutral countries; the deliberate 'indiscretions' by British diplomats abroad; and t he s pr ea di ng of misleading information by MI5 double agents. Such techniques played a vital part in preventing the German invasion of Britain in 1940, in the preparations for the crucial battle of El Alamein, in misleading the enemy about th e A lli ed inv asi ons of Italy and North Africa, and, most important of all, in fooling the Germans about the time and the place of the long-expected Allied invasion of Europe. But (the author) also brings out the many pathetic and sometimes laug habl e fa ilu res of d ecep t ion strategy - for example, the commando 'reconnaissance' raids which, despite all their best efforts, failed to attract the attention of the German coastal patrols. More soberly, he tells of recurrent mistrust and la ck of coor dina tion betw een t he All ies on deception policy." Dust jacket has minor rubbing. Very Good+/Very Good+ 
Price: 12.50 USD
 
 
MOONWALKING WITH EINSTEIN:  THE ART AND SCIENCE OF REMEMBERING EVERYTHING., Foer, Joshua.
2 Foer, Joshua. MOONWALKING WITH EINSTEIN: THE ART AND SCIENCE OF REMEMBERING EVERYTHING.
New York Penguin 2011 159420229X / 9781594202292 4th Printing Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good+ 
307 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H). "On average, people squander forty days annually compensating for things they've forgotten. Joshua Foer used to be one of those people. But after a year of memory training, he found himself in the finals of the U.S. Memory Championship. Even more important, he found a vital truth we too often forget: In every way that matters, we are the sum of our memories. (This book) draws on cutting-edge research, a surprising cultural history of memory, and venerable tricks of the mentalist's trade to transform our understanding of human remembering. Under the tutelage of top 'mental athletes', Foer learns ancient techniques once employed by Cicero to memorize his speeches and by medieval scholars to memorize entire books. Using methods that have been largely forgotten, he discovers that we can all dramatically improve our memories." Light wrinkling at bottom of spine. Dust jacket has minor wear and tiny tear at top of front flap-fold. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
LEARNING NOT TO BE FIRST: THE LIFE OF CHRISTINA ROSSETTI., Jones, Kathleen.  (Christina Rossetti>)
3 Jones, Kathleen. (Christina Rossetti>) LEARNING NOT TO BE FIRST: THE LIFE OF CHRISTINA ROSSETTI.
St. Martin's Press, New York, 1992) Ist U.S. edition. 
252 pp., 8vo (8 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. B&w photographs, reproductions. ISBN 0312070179 "(E)xamines Christina Rossetti's life alongside those of of other nineteenth-century women writers - notably Emily Bronte, Elizabeth Barrett Brown ing, and Emily Dickinson. (She) was the youngest of four children, born in England to Italian parents. Although she and her brother, Dante Gabriel, were known as the 'two storms', Christina's passionate nature was curbed in a way that her broth e r ' s was not, as she submitted to the social and religious pressures that lay so heavily on Victorian women. Like E.B.B., Christina suffered the tyranny of a loving family. Her sister Maria's influence was described as 'a species of police surv ei ll an ce', and Christina was always careful never to write anything that would hurt her mother. As her personal life became increasingly tragic, her output of religious poetry grew. Her desire for both poetic and moral excellence kept her conti nua lly in conflict, a struggle whose corrosive effects deeply affected her writing. (Her) deliberate self-effacement, Dante Gabriel's portrayal of her as the meek virgin, and William Rossetti's role as editor and interpreter of her work have gra dual ly b lott ed out the passionate, lively spirit who wrote with such simplicity and power. (The author's) fascinating work finally strips away the shadows of Christina's life to reveal her true self." Varying levels of sun fading to spine, top/ botto m edg es & top 1 1/2" of rear board; tiny printers ink mark in margin of pages 4 & 5. Dust jacket has very light edge wear - mainly at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds. Good/Very Good 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
T.E. LAWRENCE TO HIS BIOGRAPHERS, ROBERT GRAVES AND LIDDELL HART., Lawrence, T.E.
4 Lawrence, T.E. T.E. LAWRENCE TO HIS BIOGRAPHERS, ROBERT GRAVES AND LIDDELL HART.
Cassell, London, 1963. 
260 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. B&w frontispiece. "Robert Graves and Basil Liddell Hart wrote the only two authorized biographies of T.E. Lawrence during his lifetime. Both knew the man well and at the time of his death on May 11th, 1935, their association with him had grown into understanding based on sympathetic knowledge and respect. Yet the two had never met; Lawrence kept his friendships sealed off from one another as far as he was able. While engaged on their biographies, both wrote frequent letters asking him for elucidation of particular events and sent typescripts for his comments and corrections. Liddell Hart met him frequently for informal talks. After Lawrence's death, both made selections from the material in their possession which they thought best illustrated his character and qualities, and in 1939 published them in two companion volumes as a limited edition. Now, twenty-four years later, it is possible to republish these selections in a single volume. (T)hey throw a searching light upon a man who was twice a legend, once in his own lifetime, and now again after his death. Of particular interest is the way Lawrence showed different facets of his chameleon-like character to each of his friends. He said himself that he was more a legion than a man - an oblique reference to the demoniac of Gerasa in the Gospel - and here, placed side by side, is the evidence of two synonymous relationships of remarkably different character. His letters to Liddel Hart are businesslike, graphic, factual: to Graves they are more concerned with self-analysis, but cast a deliberate veil over the inner man, only rarely twitched aside. The total impression is a most persuasive defence against such as Adlington's attempts to explode the Arabian 'legend'. They build up a strong impression of Lawrence's particular talents, his remarkable achievements, his enigmatic personality." Previous owner's name stamp at top of both pastedown end papers, small store label at bottom of front pastedown, light patches of liquid staining on top of text block, minor soiling on bottom of text block, minor edge wear. Dust jacket has light edge wear/wrinkling - mainly at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, tiny tear at bottom of rear hinge, light rubbing, minor soiling. Very Good-/Very Good- 
Price: 60.00 USD
 
 
THE TRUTH ABOUT DIRTY TRICKS:  FROM HAROLD WILSON TO MARGARET THATCHER., Pincher, Chapman.
5 Pincher, Chapman. THE TRUTH ABOUT DIRTY TRICKS: FROM HAROLD WILSON TO MARGARET THATCHER.
Sidgwick & Jackson, London, 1991, first edition. 
343 pp, large 8vo (9 3/8" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0283060603 B&w photographs. "Dirty tricks - actions carried out surreptitiously to inflict damage - are the lifeblood of the secrets world and have a far greater impact on the lives of ordinary people than commonly imagined. From the MI5 plot against Wilson to the Iraqi oil-pipe super-gun, 'dirty tricks' have recently dominated the headlines: and in the exciting new era of East-West relations they are a growth industry. T h e W i l son years were a piping period for dirty tricks, both real and imagined, but the Thatcher reign is also having its share: since Gorbachev came to power the KGB's dirty tricks department has never been so active. In his long career Cha p ma n Pi n ch er h as been associated with many dirty tricks and confesses to deliberate involvement in some of them. His latest book is an up-to-date study of the activities of master dirty tricksters from Wilson's 'Rasputin', through Peter Wri gh t an d Sir M aur ice Ol dfield to Gorbachev's army of 'techno-bandits', now using every underhand ruse to secure the Western technology which the Kremlin so desperately needs. It ranges through assassinations, character assassinations, defect ors w ho n ev er w ere , bl ackm ail through sex, betrayals and deceptions of staggering ingenuity. With access to documents and new information Chapman Pincher is able to reveal the real truth about the Wallace Affair, the plot against Lord Roths chil d, and a sc ore o f ot her m yster ies. Examining the impact of the new East-West situation on the world's secret services he explains why dirty tricks will continue to prosper and exert their impact on history." Very light soiling mark at bott om of fre e fr ont en dpape r, fai nt cig arett e odor, small light watermark on rear board. Dust jacket has light edge wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, light rubbing. VG/VG 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
ARMIES AND WARFARE IN THE MIDDLE AGES:  THE ENGLISH EXPERIENCE., Prestwich, Michael.
6 Prestwich, Michael. ARMIES AND WARFARE IN THE MIDDLE AGES: THE ENGLISH EXPERIENCE.
New Haven Yale University Press 1996 0300064527 / 9780300064520 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
396 pp, 10" H. B&w and colour photographs, reproductions, maps. "(R)e-creates the real experience of medieval warfare, examining how men of all ranks of society were recruited, how troops were fed, supplied and deployed, the development of new weapons, and the structures of military command. (The author) challenges many common assumptions about medieval warfare. He shows that medieval commanders were capable of far more sophisticated strategy than is usually assumed: spies were an important part of the machinery of war, and the destruction of crops and burning of villages were part of a deliberate plan to force a foe to negotiate, rather than an indication of lack of discipline. Sieges, often lengthy and expensive, were more prevalent than physical battles. And in actual engagement the mounted knight was never as dominant as is often supposed: even in the twelfth century, many battles were won by unmounted men. Written by a leading scholar of the period and rich with anecdote and illustrations, this book will appeal to anyone interested in the social history of war in the Middle Ages." Very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, very light wear at corners and top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has some minor edge wrinkling, one small edge tear archivally taped. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
BIG BOYS' RULES: THE SECRET STRUGGLE AGAINST THE IRA., Urban, Mark.
7 Urban, Mark. BIG BOYS' RULES: THE SECRET STRUGGLE AGAINST THE IRA.
Faber and Faber, London, 1992, 2nd printing. 
266 pp, 7 3/4" H, soft cover. ISBN 0571168094 B&w photographs, map. "(E)xplores the security forces' covert operations in Northern Ireland: from the mid-seventies, when they were stepped up, to the Loughgall shooting in 1987, in which eight Provi sionals were killed - the biggest and most successful ambush of republican terrorists. Drawing on interviews with people who have served at the heart of intelligence and special operations in Ulster, as well as with members of paramilitary gro u p s , (this book) examines the roles of the Army, the police, Special Branch, MI5 and MI6. Mark Urban assesses the 'shoot to kill' allegations, and members of the security forces describe the deliberate deception of the press and courts in Ulste r. Wh il e charting the successes and failures of special operations, (it) reveals the unenviable dilemmas faced by intelligence chiefs who are engaged in a daily struggle against one of the world's most sophisticated terrorist organisations." In ter i or - l ig ht browning to pages, otherwise clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - soft crease on rear cover, small corner crease on front cover, minor rubbing, minor edge wear. Very Good 
Price: 10.00 USD
 


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