Churchill's Man of Mystery
Desmond Morton and the World of Intelligence
By (author) Gill Bennett
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Churchill's Man of Mystery by Gill Bennett
Book DescriptionThe mysterious life and career of Desmond Morton, Intelligence officer and personal adviser to Winston Churchill during the Second World War, is exposed for the first time in this study based on full access to official records. After distinguished service as artillery officer and aide-de-camp to General Haig during the First World War, Morton worked for the Secret Intelligence Service from 1919-1934, and the fortunes of SIS in the interwar years are described here in unprecedented detail. As Director of the Industrial Intelligence Centre in the 1930s, Morton's warnings of Germany's military and industrial preparations for war were widely read in Whitehall, though they failed to accelerate British rearmament as much as Morton - and Churchill - considered imperative. Morton had met Churchill on the Western Front in 1916 and supported him throughout the 'wilderness years', moving to Downing Street as the Prime Minister's Intelligence adviser in May 1940. There he remained in a liaison role, with the Intelligence Agencies and with Allied resistance authorities, until the end of the war, when he became a 'troubleshooter' for the Treasury in a series of tricky international assignments. Throughout Morton's career, myth, rumour and deliberate obfuscation have created a misleading picture of his role and influence. This book shines a light into many hitherto shadowy corners of British history in the first half of the twentieth century. This book will be of great interest to scholars and informed lay readers with an interest in the Second World War, intelligence studies and the life of Winston Churchill.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415394307
(234mm x 156mm x 30mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 18-Oct-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Churchill's Man of Mystery, Paperback (March 2009)
Based on access to official records, this book presents a study that exposes the mysterious life and career of Desmond Morton, Intelligence officer and personal adviser to Winston Churchill during the Second World War. It is of interest to scholars with an interest in the Second World War, intelligence studies and the life of Winston Churchill.
Detente in Europe, 1972-1976, Hardback (February 2001)» View all books by Gill Bennett
Drawing on records of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, this work focuses on Britain's role in the Mutual and Balanced Force Reductions in Vienna, and British policy towards the Soviet Union and its satellites.
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Author Biography - Gill Bennett
Gill Bennett was Chief Historian of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office from1995 and 2005. She has written extensively on diplomatic and Intelligence history.
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