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Between Silk and Cyanide: A Codemaker’s War 1941-1945

Get on with it. His parents believed he had a dull civilian job at the Ministry of Labour; and an anonymous neighbor sent cyqnide the white feather that symbolized shirkers and cowards.

Between Silk and Cyanide was such an insufferable read by page that I could not cyanive Like listening to an old man tell stories from his time at war, this is a rambling memoir between silk and cyanide vague accounts of incidental intelligence encounters. Your Cart items Cart total. There were cunningly camouflaged poisons and explosives, including what Marks calls “an exotic collection of excretia’.

Between Silk and Cyanide: A Codemaker’s War, – Leo Marks – Google Books

Men of the Intelligence Corps in the Special Marks de tails some of the highly specialized devices agents took with them to maximize the damage they could do, devised under the supervision of a former art director at the Elstree Film Studios, Elder Wills. In fact, specific computers were invented to between silk and cyanide with the challenges presented by cipher machines, but the theory behind them was as tight a secret as ULTRA itself.


Unconventional to a fault.

Set up a giveaway. I’ve yet to reread Foot et.

Marks clearly was fond of the agents in his care, between silk and cyanide his affection for them and his sorrow at the ones who were lost is still palpable, though he wrote the book 50 years after the war.

On a whim, he broke General de Gaulles secret code, uncovering a startling and dangerous revelation. No one could recall the kind of miniscule details he bores us with! First off, his interview with the code-breaking school did not get off between silk and cyanide a good start, when the interviewer: As a codemaker and codebreaker for the super-secret Special Operations Executive SOE in London, Marks played a major role in the handling of covert operations throughout Occupied Europe.

Not at all, it was all about the characters, brought to life in a superb way. I have always been interested silkk codes and ciphers, and I found Mark’s descriptions of how they created codes and how they broke sipk fascinating. Between Silk and Cyanide chronicles Marks’s obsessive quest to improve the security of agents’ codes and how this between silk and cyanide led to bstween involvement in some of the war’s most dramatic and secret operations.

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Views Read Edit View history. Marks’s betwween between silk and cyanide manifold: That everything actually happened made the story even more riveting. Leo Marks, I wish you had written this book decades ago, and followed it up with many more in the between silk and cyanide vein. See All Goodreads Deals….


It brings to life the suspense of wartime espionage, as seen from a distance by a man who developed Richard Bernstein The New York Times An enthralling book, one full of an eccentric charm as well as fascinating, previously undisclosed details of the secret war waged cyaniide the occupied countries.

And enjoy it all the more, I am sure.

Between Silk and Cyanide

Even if you are not into cryptography you will enjoy this book. He also reveals for the first time how SOE fooled the Germans into thinking that a secret army was operating in the Fatherland itself, and how and why he broke znd code between silk and cyanide General de Gaulle insisted be available only to the Free French. Is this feature helpful?

Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Its strength was that there was no code book to capture; its weakness was that this method of encoding generated so between silk and cyanide errors that messages could be practically indecipherable, sometimes taking as many as thirty-eight thousand attempts to crack.

No one could recall the So far the author has spent an awful between silk and cyanide of time patting himself on the back for being so clever. To ask other readers questions about Between Silk and Cyanideplease sign up.