Absolute Friends by John Le Carré

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By John Le Carré

The epic "New York Times" bestseller through the grasp of overseas intrigue spans the lives of 2 associates from the riot-torn West Berlin of the Nineteen Sixties to the dirty looking-glass of chilly warfare Europe to the current day of terrorism and new alliances.

Le Carre's eloquent indignation at what he sees as a duplicitous warfare in Iraq and the devious ability hired to tarnish those that oppose it truly is became a fictional account of 2 former spies attempting to do correct in a post-Cold struggle global.

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On December 16, 1916, ten members of the network were executed at Hasselt. 21 Britain was not alone in establishing train-watching networks in Holland and Belgium. French and Belgian networks contributed to the overall intelligence picture. The largest Allied network in German-occupied territory, and one that survived till the end of the war, was code-named LA DAME BLANCHE (THE WHITE LADY). 22 At its peak the network consisted of fifty-one train-watching posts, which reported to twelve secretariats, where individual reports were collated, typed, and enciphered for transmission across the front lines.

59 Black Tom, the most impressive of the German sabotage operations, was by no means the last. A little over five months later, on January 11, 1917, a fire swept through the Canadian Car and Foundry Company plant in Kingsland, New Jersey. An estimated 500,000 three-inch-high explosive shells were launched into the air as a result. 60 Even so, the Kingsland plant was totally destroyed and damage was estimated at $17 million. An inventory indicated the precise losses involved: 275,000 loaded shells, more than 1,000,000 unloaded shells, almost 500,000 time fuses, 300,000 cartridge cases, 100,000 detonators, vast quantities of TNT.

He warned of the German attack on Verdun in February 1916. 30 Carlos reported that: The Germans are to launch a serious offensive in the region of Verdun. The troops charged with this offensive will be placed under the orders of the Crown Prince. . ai The Great Wai: Spies and Saboteurs 25 Unfortunately, Carlos's report was greeted with skepticism by the French High Command, which failed to act on it—possibly because of previous instances where the Germans had managed to pass on false information.

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