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Fortitude: The D-Day Deception Campaign

Fortitude: The D-Day Deception Campaign

By Roger Hesketh

Overlook Press, 2000, 513 pp.

Until a few years ago, copies of this book circulated as D-Day aficionados' samizdat. It is nothing less than the official history of the pre-D-Day deception operations, written in the years immediately after the war by one of the top officials of the London Controlling Section, which was in charge of spreading carefully contrived misinformation to German intelligence. It is also a superbly written insider's account, from which several historians have drawn but which few have equaled. As a tale of espionage and counterespionage, meticulous planning and organization, and applied psychology used for the highest stakes, it is simply superb.