Colvin, Ian.


1st ed., 1951. 223 pp. D.j., 22 x14cm. D.j., foxed & chipped mainly at ends of spine o/w V.G. The author, who spent five years in Hitler's Germany as a British foreign correspondent, was probably the first man outside the British Secret Service to discover the identity and aims of Admiral Canaris, Chief of the German Intelligence Service and the most persistent secret enemy of Hitler, who was executed after the July attempt on Hitler's life. The author was withdrawn from Germany by his newspaper in 1939, worked for a short time in the Foreign Office, and at the end of the war determined to finish the story of the secret life of Admiral Canaris. It was a difficult story to piece together but he based it on conversations with friends of Canaris, documentation compiled in part by members of the British Intelligence Service who were also searching for Canaris' diary, and on his own study of the activities of Canaris as an intelligence officer and a political leader over many years. The author presents his research and leaves it for his readers to judge for themselves whether Canaris was a German patriot or a British spy, but what certainly emerges is that Canaris constantly betrayed Hitler's war plans to his foreign enemies and took no action to carry out Hitler's order to assassinate Churchill.

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