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Master of Deception: The Wartime Adventures of Peter Fleming

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Master of Deception is a biography of Peter Fleming, elder brother of Ian Fleming, creator of James Bond. Peter Fleming worked as a travel writer and journalist, serving with distinction throughout World War II and played a crucial role in British intelligence operations in the Far East. This biography ranges from the personal life of Fleming such as his marriage to Celia Johnson, a famous actor of the time, to his extensive military intelligence career which took him from Norway and Greece to the Far East. Framed through the life of Peter Fleming this book offers an in-depth study of British intelligence operations in the Far East during World War II.
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ISBN-13: 9781788315098
ISBN-10: 178831509X
Pagini: 352
Ilustrații: 30 bw illus
Dimensiuni: 156 x 234 x 37 mm
Greutate: 0.74 kg
Editura: Bloomsbury Publishing
Colecția Bloomsbury Academic
Locul publicării: London, United Kingdom


Fleming was an adventurer, soldier and travel writer. It is thought Peter was an inspiration for the creation of James Bond due to his involvement in operations in Norway and Greece during the war.

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Alan Ogden has written several books on the history of S.O.E. - it was when researching its activities in Greece and the Far East that he came across the occasional scant reference to the travel writer Peter Fleming and became determined to tell the story of his hitherto little known and extraordinary wartime activities. Based in London, Alan has also lectured and written extensively on Romanian history and culture, including a monograph about Patrick Leigh Fermor in pre-war Romania. He is currently the archivist of the Grenadier Guards and a lecturer for Martin Randall Travel.


Chapter One: A New Elizabethan Chapter Two: Plans and More PlansChapter Three: To War in the Frozen North Chapter Four: A Very British GuerrillaChapter Five: A Greek TragedyChapter Six: A Summons to IndiaChapter Seven: Burmese Capers and Haversack RusesChapter Eight: Global Strategists and StrategemsChapter Nine: Dining with Chinese DragonsChapter Ten: Total Intelligence: A Common Sense ApproachChapter Eleven: Building the Organisation Chapter Twelve: Sleight of Hand in the Order of the BattleChapter Thirteen: The Conjurors Take to the FieldChapter Fourteen: Feints and Noises OffChapter Fifteen: The Double Agents' ImpressarioChapter Sixteen: Imaginary Spies and Fantasy NetworksChapter Seventeen: The Bright Eye of Danger: A Chance with the ChinditsChapter Eighteen: Enough of War CrimesChapter Nineteen: Home is the Hunter


A study of the adventurer's wartime capers ... filled with details you couldn't invent. 4/5 stars.
[Ogden] has researched his subject assiduously. A good part of the book consists of official documents, memoranda and reports written by Fleming himself. These will be of great interest and value to other researchers and historians ... This is a fascinating book.
A punctilious and notably well-researched account of Fleming's military career.
This book has some fascinating parts . A good read.
This is not a conventional biography, and a bit like Peter Fleming's extraordinarily fertile mind, it wends its way through an oblique and complex subject in a fascinating way ... We get real insights into the problems and challenges; this is an historian's book not a journalist's.
Peter Fleming has been best remembered as an adventurous travel writer and brother of author Ian Fleming, making him an uncle of James Bond. In this readable account we are introduced properly to Peter Fleming, the wartime intelligence officer and master of the arts of deception against the Japanese Army in South East Asia. Alan Ogden's well researched biography reveals a little understood period in the life of an exceptional human being.
Alan Ogden's masterly study of Peter Fleming, a man as brilliant as a Second World War intelligence officer (and brother of the better-known Ian) as a Times journalist, is a book about military intelligence at its best during the Second World War. Fleming's plans for 'stay behind' guerrilla units in Sussex and Kent (to fight the Wehrmacht on British soil, had the Nazis invaded Britain), his courageous (and highly explosive) acts of sabotage against the advancing German forces in Greece, as well as the intricate and intellectually refined strategies of deception and future 'Imperial Intelligence' that he developed to help win the war in the Far East, make this crisp study of the breadth and the depth of Fleming's skills a gripping introduction to the field.