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Russell Miller

Forfatter af The Resistance

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Russell Miller was born in 1938 in London and now lives in High Wycombe. He is the author of ten previous books and currently writes for The Mail on Sunday. His journalism has won many awards, including Writer of the Year by the Society of British Magazine Editors.

Værker af Russell Miller

The Resistance (1979) 285 eksemplarer
Bare-Faced Messiah: The True Story of L. Ron Hubbard (1987) 261 eksemplarer, 9 anmeldelser
The Commandos (1981) 237 eksemplarer
Kontinenter i drift (1983) 183 eksemplarer
The Soviet Air Force at War (1983) 168 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
The East Indiamen (1980) 162 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
The Adventures of Arthur Conan Doyle: A Biography (2008) 123 eksemplarer, 2 anmeldelser
The House of Getty (1985) 72 eksemplarer, 3 anmeldelser
Bunny: The Real Story of Playboy (1984) 52 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse

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The writing is good and clear. What is wonderful is the story -- the person. Dusko Popov was Yugoslavian playboy and the man that James Bond was modelled after, only the kind of spying he did had nothing to do with the Ian Fleming novels. As Popov pointed out and Miller writes, "James Bond wouldn't have lasted forty-eight hours in the real world of espionage." But that doesn't make Popov's story any less interesting or exciting. In fact it is more of both of those because it is all true. And the real world of espionage is much more involved and intricate, involving much more knowledge, memory, and acting than anything Bond took part in.… (mere)
dvoratreis | 2 andre anmeldelser | May 22, 2024 |
A good book on a fascinating story. Like many, I knew the name and a vague connection to Operation Fortitude, the D-Day deception, but no more. This biography goes into far more detail.

As a personal biography, this is excellent. It gives a real sense of the person, his background before the war and his simple motivation for just what a complex path he ended up taking between the various factions: three Yugoslav groups, the British, the Americans and even the internal feuds within the different German military and security services.

The most surprising aspect was his time in the US, of which I'd not heard before, including some clear indications of a likely attack on Pearl Harbour. Famously this was not acted on, and the question of whether that was due to accident, Hoover's bigotry, or a deliberate plot on the Coventry model still remains open.

Sadly the book did fall down a little when it came to D-Day. It's hardly mentioned. Popov's part in the build-up is clear, but what happened afterwards? Did his Abwehr handler realise that they had been duped? How did they react? This is skipped over so lightly that it's hard to say where in the book's chronology D-Day even took place.

The focus of the later part of the book switches to Popov's friend and Abwehr colleague (or co-conspirator), Johnny Jebsen. After surviving through most of the war, despite also working as a double-agent, he was arrested in 1945 and disappeared into a concentration camp.

Overall this is a very good book. But the handling of D-Day is lacking and does leave something of a gap. I'd also love to read another book of this level on the intelligence position regarding Pearl Harbour, and how that came to have so little effect on any response to the attack.
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Andy_Dingley | 2 andre anmeldelser | May 22, 2022 |
Quite a bio!

Conan Doyle came from a family of intelligent, creative people, including political cartoonists and writers. He inherited and developed both a drawing and writing ability, but also a personality susceptible to a kind of romantic view of the world.

Arthur wrote many "serious" books, and was disappointed that none of them ever attracted the attention his Sherlock Holmes stories did. He considered Holmes lightweight stuff and didn't particularly like being associated only with his famous sleuth. He tried to kill him off more than once to divert attention away from him and toward his work on wars, whaling, and, later, spiritualism and faeries. But his bigger works never caught on, and were often the subject of ridicule by critics.

As a person, Conan Doyle was "larger than life". He was tall, broad, a formidable person. He was an adventurer, always looking for more from the world. Thus he sailed on a whaling ship and took part in whaling as well as the killing of seals and other sea animals. He got into the Boer Wars as a medic (he was trained as a doctor) and survived horrific conditions. He later visited the front in the first World War, and wrote a six-volume history of the war (not well received).

When Conan Doyle took up spiritualism he was ridiculed mercilessly, but ridicule only spurred him on. He and his second wife, Jean, blazed a trail across the United States, speaking on spiritualism, and later did the same in Africa, with less success. His gullibility in this venture is difficult to understand if one compares it to the personality of Sherlock Holmes, who was guided by science. But the two are not alike.

Arthur's devotion to his beliefs was both endearing and frustrating. While still married to his first wife, Touie, he fell in love with Jean and carried on a chaste "affair" with her until Touie died. Touie was sick for many years and couldn't have not known about this other interest, especially as Jean was often a guest at their home. Yet Arthur felt he was behaving entirely appropriately. As long as the affair was not consummated he couldn't see the problem.

When Touie died, Jean arranged that Conan Doyle's two older children (by Touie) were away at school until grown. It is clear in this book that the author has no love for Jean and I admit I shared that feeling.

A highly detailed and readable biography of a man of almost boyish beliefs and integrity, an intelligent yet naive and oddly trusting writer.
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slojudy | 1 anden anmeldelse | Sep 8, 2020 |


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