The Princes in the Tower
06 January 2013, 14:55
Ballantine | 1995 | ISBN: 0345391780 | EPUB | 4.13MB
Despite five centuries of investigation by historians, the sinister deaths of the boy king Edward V and his younger brother Richard, Duke of York, remain two of the most fascinating murder mysteries in English history. Did Richard III really kill “the Princes in the Tower,” as is commonly believed, or was the murderer someone else entirely?
Carefully examining every shred of contemporary evidence as well as dozens of modern accounts, Alison Weir reconstructs the entire chain of events leading to the double murder. We are witnesses to the rivalry, ambition, intrigue, and struggle for power that culminated in the imprisonment of the princes and the hushed-up murders that secured Richard’s claim to the throne as Richard III.
A masterpiece of historical research and a riveting story of conspiracy and deception, The Princes in the Tower at last provides a solution to this age-old puzzle.
06 January 2013, 05:08
Crown | 2010 | ISBN: 0307453278 | 416 pages | EPUB | 7.48MB
In 1943, from a windowless basement office in London, two brilliant intelligence officers conceived a plan that was both simple and complicated— Operation Mincemeat. The purpose? To deceive the Nazis into thinking that Allied forces were planning to attack southern Europe by way of Greece or Sardinia, rather than Sicily, as the Nazis had assumed, and the Allies ultimately chose.
Charles Cholmondeley of MI5 and the British naval intelligence officer Ewen Montagu could not have been more different. Cholmondeley was a dreamer seeking adventure. Montagu was an aristocratic, detail-oriented barrister. But together they were the perfect team and created an ingenious plan: Get a corpse, equip it with secret (but false and misleading) papers concerning the invasion, then drop it off the coast of Spain where German spies would, they hoped, take the bait. The idea was approved by British intelligence officials, including Ian Fleming (creator of James Bond). Winston Churchill believed it might ring true to the Axis and help bring victory to the Allies.
Filled with spies, double agents, rogues, fearless heroes, and one very important corpse, the story of Operation Mincemeat reads like an international thriller.
Unveiling never-before-released material, Ben Macintyre brings the reader right into the minds of intelligence officers, their moles and spies, and the German Abwehr agents who suffered the “twin frailties of wishfulness and yesmanship.” He weaves together the eccentric personalities of Cholmondeley and Montagu and their near-impossible feats into a riveting adventure that not only saved thousands of lives but paved the way for a pivotal battle in Sicily and, ultimately, Allied success in the war.
Agent Zigzag: A True Story of Nazi Espionage
06 January 2013, 05:02
Broadway | 2008 | ISBN: 0307353419 | 384 pages | PDF | 1.43MB
A riveting read, Agent Zigzag tells the improbable story of an amoral, low-rent London conman, thief and jailbird, Eddie Chapman, who ends up becoming a key British double agent. However, even some 60 years later and after gaining access to recently released wartime files of Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service, Macintyre still isn’t sure whose side Chapman was really on.
Recruited first by the Germans, who occupied the Channel Islands where he was imprisoned, Chapman parachutes into England and promptly surrenders to the Brits, who put him to work deceiving the Nazis with false intelligence. Chapman’s true story contains all the elements and plot twists of page-turning fiction: beautiful women, close calls, fascinating spy craft and droll humor.
The New Market Wizards
06 January 2013, 04:47
HarperCollins | 2007 | ISBN: 0061750271 | 512 pages | EPUB | 1.13MB
In these absorbing interviews with star performers in the financial markets, Schwager humanizes the mechanics and psychology behind billion-dollar daily world trading in such sophisticated instruments as currencies, stock options, commodity futures, and mutual-fund accounts by individuals, investment firms and group-trading computerized "money machines." One trader focuses on market response to news events, another calculates mathematical probabilities--one even cocks an ear to the noise level on the exchange floor. All rank assiduous research, self-confidence, a specific plan and the courage to cut losses among essentials to success. Few consider their work gambling, but Schwager entertainingly argues that a successful trader needs many of the qualities of a good poker player. Though the subject matter is esoteric, there is much here to attract the general reader, and Schwager appends a "primer" of technical basics.