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A Man Called Intrepid
A Man Called Intrepid
Author: William Stevenson
ISBN-13: 9780345255587
ISBN-10: 0345255585
Publication Date: 3/12/1977
Pages: 541
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.

3.4 stars, based on 9 ratings
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Book Type: Paperback
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The story of Sir William Samuel Stephenson.(1896-1989) aka Intrepid, Secret intelligence chief, born in Point Douglas, near Winnipeg, Canada, of Scottish descent. Educated in Winnipeg, he became involved in British secret intelligence through visits to Germany to buy steel in the early 1930s. His information on Enigma, the German cipher machine, led to MI6's acquisition of a prototype in 1939. In 1940 he was appointed British intelligence chief in North and South America, representing the interests of MI5, MI6, and Special Operations Executive. The novelist Ian Fleming, a member of his wartime staff, is said to have adopted Stephenson as a model for the character "M' in the James Bond books.
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Absolutely chock-a-block full of data.
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On the other hand, a number of historians refer to this book as a work of fiction. There are enough problems with some of the statements in the book to make many wonder about the rest. At least one historian states that the book should not be "used for the purpose of historical reference."

While Stevenson did contribute to the war effort, it appears he over states his contribution in a number of errors.

It has also been proved one photograph in the book, which is labeled to show Stevenson supposedly walking through rubble with Winston Churchill, is actually that of Lord Beaverbrook.
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This book is the story of a major, history changing intelligence operation by the Allies in WWII. This is both a historical look at the underground effort against the Nazis, and a thriller in its own right.
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"A Man Called Intrepid" is the chronicle of the world's first integrated intelligence operation and of its chief, William Stephenson, whose code name "Intrepid", and bold mission were given to him by Winston Churchill, who charged him to establish a worldwide intelligence network to challenge the Nazis. Photos.