War of Shadows: Codebreakers, Spies, and the Secret Struggle to Drive the Nazis from the Middle East

War of Shadows: Codebreakers, Spies, and the Secret Struggle to Drive the Nazis from the Middle East

An award-winning journalist and historian tells the story of the Nazis' brutal march into Egypt, which seemed bound for Israel--until the Allies discovered the one American man who unwittingly made it all happen.

When the Nazis broke the Black Code, used by American diplomatic missions around the world, they were able to get detailed portrayals of British positions and weaknesses in North Africa, sometimes just a few hours after they were written. Using this information, under Rommel's command, they marched swiftly and terrifyingly toward Alexandria, with the ultimate goal of reaching the Middle East.

But Allied forces had broken the Nazis' code, Enigma, as well. They soon discovered they were leaking information, and set off on a fevered and high-stakes search for the source.

War of Shadows is the cinematic story of the race for information in North African theater of World War II, and the battle of cryptographers on both sides of it. Years in the making, this book is a feat of historical research and storytelling, and a rethinking of the popular narrative of the war. It portrays the war not as an inevitable clash of heroes and villains but a spiraling series of failures and accidents-one that spread into Africa and nearly beyond.

Title:War of Shadows: Codebreakers, Spies, and the Secret Struggle to Drive the Nazis from the Middle East
ISBN:9781610396271
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    War of Shadows: Codebreakers, Spies, and the Secret Struggle to Drive the Nazis from the Middle East Reviews

  • AC

    If you're interested in WWII, and specifically, the North African Theater battles between the Desert Fox himself and British forces, this is a book for you.,Gorenberg helpfully provides a listing of a...

  •  ManOfLaBook.com

    For more reviews and bookish posts visit: https://www.ManOfLaBook.comWar of Shadows: Codebreakers, Spies, and the Secret Struggle to Drive the Nazis from the Middle East by Gershom Gorenberg is a hist...

  • Andrea

    Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC.War of Shadows is about the Middle East Theatre of World War II and the espionage/intelligence efforts that shaped it. The book primarily toggles be...

  • Zeb Kantrowitz

    In England even before the second world war began, had created a group of crytographers whose job was to break the German and Italian codes used by diplomats and the military. This book concentrates o...

  • Jonathan Colan

    An interesting book about the role of code breaking and spy craft in the Africa/Middle Eastern front of WWII. It took a little while for all the enjoyable digressions about fascinating people and plac...

  • Peter Nesbitt

    Great historyIf you like history and are interested in world war 2 . this book is a must read clear concise reads like a novel...

  • Glenn Stenquist

    Great historical real to life synopsis of all the challenges involved in WWII codebreaking. Very worth reading and learning and enjoying. ...