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Startling new revelations about collaboration between the Allies and the German Secret Service.
Based on extensive primary source research, John Bryden’s Fighting to Lose presents compelling evidence that the German intelligence service — the Abwehr — undertook to rescue Britain from certain defeat in 1941. Recently opened secret intelligence files indicate that the famed British double-cross or double-agent system was in fact a German triple-cross system. These files also reveal that British intelligence secretly appealed to the Abwehr for help during the war, and that the Abwehr’s chief, Admiral Canaris, responded by providing Churchill with the ammunition needed in order to persuade Roosevelt to lure the Japanese into attacking Pearl Harbor. These findings and others like them make John Bryden’s Fighting to Lose one of the most fascinating books about World War II to be published for many years.
Bryden (Deadly Allies) explores recently declassified documents to puzzle out the spy war that facilitated Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor, creating the perfect setup for America to enter WWII and provide much-needed support to the French, British, and Soviets. His assertions will shock and fascinate, and maybe raise some eyebrows. While the subtitle implies a focus on the German's Abwehr, Bryden writes extensively about Allied secret services as well, particularly MI5 and the FBI. Bryden relies on conjecture at times, but he generally keeps the narration grounded in hard evidence. The book has a somewhat scattered feel, but that can be mostly forgiven because Bryden attacks the subject from many angles. He also leads readers on before shocking them with an entirely unexpected interpretation of events, illustrating how the public can never truly know or understand what happens at the highest levels of government. This a deep behind-the-scenes look at the war exposes the utter ineptitude and sheer genius of the improbable Allies that resulted in the fall of the Axis powers.