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Sort order. Oct 02, Charlie Brown rated it really liked it. The title, if lurid, is not inappropriate. Gehlen was reclusive, not granting interviews with journalists and not allowing himself to be photogra The title, if lurid, is not inappropriate. Gehlen was reclusive, not granting interviews with journalists and not allowing himself to be photographed. Much of his professional life he and his family resided within the highly-secured Gehlen Organization compound at Pullach.
Published in , this book pre-dates the Freedom of Information Act; I would expect that additional information has become available since it was written. Cookridge himself would seem to be an interesting person. Per the dust cover of the book, he was a wartime intelligence agent that was imprisoned by the Gestapo at Dachau and Buchenwald. He supplies notes for sources on each chapter and includes a good bibliography.
The book has numerous photographs that complement the text. For anyone interested in the military history of WWII and the murky conflict of the Cold War this book is a nice source of obscure information, and well-presented. Apr 18, Walter rated it really liked it Shelves: biography-spymasters. This book is a fascinating account of one of the most intriguing figures of the Cold War. Reinhart Gehlen was actually a prophetic figure in a way. In the s he saw the Soviet Union as an upcoming figure in world politics.
In fact, the Soviet Union of the s was significant in its support of the Communist International and the various Popular Front governments throughout Europe and Communist insurgencies in other parts of the world. But the power of the Soviet state itself was muted by the This book is a fascinating account of one of the most intriguing figures of the Cold War.
But the power of the Soviet state itself was muted by the purges of Stalin in the s, the years of civil war in the early s and the self-inflicted famines of the mids. Gehlen was obsessed with the Soviet Union, and during the Second World War he headed the Nazi intelligence organization that monitored the Soviet Union.
It's not clear how committed Gehlen was to the Nazi ideology, but he was a significant enabler of the war effort on the Eastern Front. At the end of the war, Gehlen should have become a prisoner of war, perhaps sharing the fate of fellow Nazis like Ribbentropp or Goering. Instead, he offered himself, his large collection of intelligence on the Soviet Union and his still operating intelligence network within the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe to the Western allies.
The rest, as they say, was history. Cookridge does an excellent job of making the life of Gehlen interesting to an American readership. The writing is interesting and the author explains the various world events and issues that contributed to Gehlen's rise and his contribution to the Nazi effort in WWII and the Western effort in the Cold War. He does not demonize Gehlen, nor does he brush over the irony that this senior Nazi enjoyed a tremendous amount of prestige and power at a time when his fellow Nazis were either executed or in prison or exile.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the power politics of the Cold War as well as Nazi intelligence operations on the Eastern front. Highly recommended. An interesting man whose life showed why the Germans do things well. Birgitte rated it really liked it Sep 18, Lee rated it it was ok Jan 12, Lawrence Paterson rated it really liked it Apr 12, John A rated it it was amazing Sep 19, Itzik Sivosh rated it really liked it Aug 18, Paul rated it liked it Oct 10, Philip rated it liked it Jun 09, Mick Spence rated it really liked it Jul 24, Glenn rated it it was amazing May 01, Darryl rated it really liked it Jul 19, Dougie Whitehead rated it liked it Oct 29, Ronald rated it it was amazing Mar 29, Lawrence rated it really liked it Jan 26, Matthew Wilder rated it it was ok Nov 06, David rated it liked it Mar 18, Philip rated it really liked it Jun 09, Jeremiah Stover added it Jun 03, Robert is currently reading it Jan 15, Derek added it Jul 12, Creolebeige added it Jun 04, John Lacey added it Sep 12, Keith marked it as to-read Dec 22, Marv marked it as to-read Mar 20, Conor added it Aug 02, Chris marked it as to-read Nov 26, Danica marked it as to-read Dec 18, Suzanne added it Feb 18, Amir Meta is currently reading it Apr 30, Hantrel Greindgo marked it as to-read May 08, Brad Massopust added it Feb 05, Vijayekkumaran M added it Jan 31, Mats Larsson marked it as to-read Jul 10, Chris Greenlee marked it as to-read Jul 24, Ashley marked it as to-read Sep 30, Sam marked it as to-read Dec 24, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.
Readers also enjoyed. About E. E H Cookridge is the pseudonymn of Edward Spiro. As Cookridge, he wrote his first book 'Secrets of the British Secret Service' in and this contained 'some highly coloured versions of true events'. Most of his works under the Cookridge pseudonymn are concerned with spies and spying, including books on George Blake and Kim Philby.
Gehlen Spy Century by E H Cookridge
Reinhard Gehlen 3 April — 8 June was a German lieutenant-general and intelligence officer. Gehlen became a professional soldier in during the Weimar Republic. In late , at the start of the Cold War, the U. Gehlen was instrumental in the negotiations to establish an official West German intelligence service on the basis of Gehlen Organization from the early s. In , the Gehlen Organization was transferred to the West German government and formed the core of the Federal Intelligence Service , the Federal Republic of Germany's official foreign intelligence service, and Gehlen served as its first president until his retirement in Gehlen was born into a Catholic family; his father was a book-seller in Erfurt. In , Gehlen joined the Reichswehr.
Gehlen: Spy Of The Century
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