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Ladislas Farago (1906-1980) was a military historian and journalist who published a number of best-selling books on history and espionage, especially concerning the World War II era.

He was the author of "Patton: Ordeal and Triumph", the acclaimed biography of George Patton that formed the basis for the film "Patton"and wrote "The Broken Seal, one of the books that formed the basis for the movie Tora! Tora! Tora!.

He was born in Csurgo, Hungary in 1906, the son of Arthur and Irma Farago (nee Lang); the family moved to Budapest when he was ten years old. He attended a business-oriented high school, but harbored an interest in journalism and theater, and on graduation became a writer initially for the tabloid Az Ember. He went on to become a war correspondent for a variety of newspapers and his byine appeared in papers from Germany to the UK to the USA, including the New York Times. His coverage of the Ethiopian-Italian War was wildly successful around the world and resulted in best-selling books in many languages. His subsequent coverage of Palestine in the 1930s was comparably successful and also led to a book - "Palestine at the Crossroads" - which is mentioned by Anne Frank as the next book she must read, in an entry just before her family was discovered and she was sent to a concentration camp.

Moving between Budapest, Berlin, London, and the war zones that he covered, he wrote cabaret sketches in Berlin and it was there that he met and married his wife Liesel (Elizabeth Mroz). They lived briefly in England before emigrating through Canada to the USA in 1937, where they lived initially in New York City and Washington, DC. In the USA he worked with the Committee for National Morale, a private organization of scholars who sought to engage the United States in the burgeoning war in Europe. He edited the book published by the Committee, German Psychological Warfare, which included contributions by many of the nation's leading social scientists. It introduced for the first time a detailed study of the term it coined in its title, "psychological warfare," making him a leading expert on propaganda and other pro-active clandestine psychological forms of espionage. As the USA entered World War II, the Committee came to be associated with the OSS, and Farago went to work as a civilian for Naval Intelligence (his status as an 'enemy alien' - Hungary was at least nominally at war with the USA - rendered it impossible for him to join the military or, for that matter, to be involved as a civilian with the European Front; as a result, he was assigned to a unit engaging in psychological warfare against the Japanese). Among other things he wrote a book-length classified analysis of the enemy: "The Japanese: Their Character and Morale."

The British historian Stephen Dorril, in his MI6 Inside the Covert World of Her Majesty's Secret Intelligence Service asserts that Farago was the 'most successful disinformer or dupe' concerning the presence of Nazis in South America.Original text is as follows:Investigating 'The Nazi Menace in Argentina', author Ronald Newton found that the historic record had been left 'booby-trapped with an extraordinary number of hoaxes, forgeries, unanswered propaganda ploys and assorted dirty tricks'. The most successful disinformer or dupe was the American Ladislas Farago, 'a somewhat Hemingway-esque figure with a strong Hungarian accent and a confidential manner', whose 'good connections with the CIA and secret services of several European countries enabled him to investigate and publish on a non-attributable basis' a series of half correct tales.Stephen Dorril, MI6 Inside the Covert World of Her Majesty's Secret Intelligence Service, Tochstone 2002 ISBN 9780743217781 p.95However, Farago's book "Aftermath: The Search for Martin Bormann" which details the Nazi presence in South America was based on both Farago's own personal investigation and interviews in South America, and Argentinian intelligence documents (some of which are provided in the book) whose veracity was attested to by attorney Joel Weinberg. Moreover, French intelligence operative (during WWII - on the 'Resistance' side -,and later) and right-wing polemist Pierre de Villemarest justified part of Farago's statements. Villemarest disagreed on the details of Bormann's survival, but agreed he did survive the escape from Hitler's Bunker. Villemarest states that Bormann was not a mere Soviet agent (like Heinrich 'Gestapo' Mller) but was smart enough to get free (after a few months or years) from the Soviets' 'protection'. The main point of agreement between Farago and Villemarest being the resolute assertion of a several-year survival of Bormann after the fall of Hitler's regime. Farago's book 'Aftermath' contains several reproductions of genuine Argentinian secret police documents related to the life of Bormann after 1945.

Farago died in 1980. His son, John M. Farago, is a Professor of Law at the City University of New York.

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Total Books: 53
The Broken Seal The Story of Operation Magic and teh Pearl Harbor Disaster
Patton Ordeal And Triumph
2005 - Patton Ordeal and Triumph (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781594160110
ISBN-10: 1594160112
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History
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Strictly from Hungary
2004 - Strictly From Hungary (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781594160066
ISBN-10: 1594160066
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History
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Burn After Reading The Espionage History of World War II
2003 - Burn After Reading the Espionage History of World War II (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781591142621
ISBN-10: 1591142628
Genre: History
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Game of the Foxes
2000 - Game of the Foxes (Paperback)Paperback, Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9780553123425
ISBN-10: 0553123424
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The Tenth Fleet The True Story of the US Navy's Phantom Fleet Battling U-Boats During World War II
The Last Days of Patton
1986 - The Last Days of Patton (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780425098813
ISBN-10: 0425098818
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
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Royal Web
1986 - Royal Web (Audio Cassette)
ISBN-13: 9780736607537
ISBN-10: 0736607536
Genre: General
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Last Days Of Patton
1985 - Last Days of Patton (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780425088456
ISBN-10: 0425088456
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Last Days of Patton
1982 - Last Days of Patton (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780425053881
ISBN-10: 0425053881
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Royal Web The Story of Princess Victoria and Frederick of Prussia
1982 - Royal Web the Story of Princess VIctoria and Frederick of Prussia (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780070199415
ISBN-10: 0070199418
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
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Burn after Reading
1978 - Burn After Reading (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780523403458
ISBN-10: 0523403453
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
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War of Wits The Anatomy of Espionage and Intelligence
1976 - War of Wits the Anatomy of Espionage and Intelligence (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780837185187
ISBN-10: 0837185181
Genres: History, Nonfiction
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Aftermath
1975 - Aftermath (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780380004072
ISBN-10: 0380004070
Genre: Nonfiction
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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Aftermath Martin Bormann and the Fourth Reich
1975 - Aftermath Martin Bormann and the Fourth Reich (Other)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780340162415
ISBN-10: 0340162414
  • Currently 2/5 Stars.
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Aftermath Martin Borman and the Fourth Reich
1974 - Aftermath Martin Borman and the Fourth Reich (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780671216764
ISBN-10: 0671216767
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
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The game of the foxes British and German intelligence operations and personalities which changed the course of the Second World War
The Broken Seal The Story of Operation Magic and the Pearl Harbor Disaster
1967 - The Broken Seal the Story of Operation Magic and the Pearl Harbor Disaster (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780394417899
ISBN-10: 0394417895
Genre: History
  • Currently 2/5 Stars.
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German Psychological Warfare [International Propaganda and Communications] (Hardcover)