Agent 110: An American Spymaster and the German Resistance in WWII

Agent An American Spymaster and the German Resistance in WWII Lively and engrossing The Wall Street Journal Absorbing and bracing The Seattle TimesThis is the secret and suspenseful account of how OSS spymaster Allen Dulles led a network of Germans conspiring to

  • Title: Agent 110: An American Spymaster and the German Resistance in WWII
  • Author: ScottMiller
  • ISBN: 9781451693386
  • Page: 215
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Lively and engrossing The Wall Street Journal Absorbing and bracing The Seattle TimesThis is the secret and suspenseful account of how OSS spymaster Allen Dulles led a network of Germans conspiring to assassinate Hitler and negotiate surrender to bring about the end of World War II before the Soviet s advance.Agent 110 is Allen Dulles, a newly minted spy from an emi Lively and engrossing The Wall Street Journal Absorbing and bracing The Seattle TimesThis is the secret and suspenseful account of how OSS spymaster Allen Dulles led a network of Germans conspiring to assassinate Hitler and negotiate surrender to bring about the end of World War II before the Soviet s advance.Agent 110 is Allen Dulles, a newly minted spy from an eminent family From his townhouse in Bern, and in clandestine meetings in restaurants, back roads, and lovers bedrooms, Dulles met with and facilitated the plots of Germans who were trying to destroy the country s leadership Their underground network exposed Dulles to the political maneuverings of the Soviets, who were already competing for domination of Germany, and all of Europe, in the post war period.Scott Miller s fascinating Agent 110 explains how leaders of the German Underground wanted assurances from Germany s enemies that they would treat the country humanely after the war If President Roosevelt backed the resistance, they would overthrow Hitler and shorten the war But Miller shows how Dulles s negotiations fell short Eventually he was placed in charge of the CIA in the 1950s, where he helped set the stage for US foreign policy With his belief that the ends justified the means, Dulles had no qualms about consorting with Nazi leadership or working with resistance groups within other countries to topple governments.Now Miller brings to life this exhilarating, and pivotal, period of world history of desperate renegades in a dark and dangerous world where spies, idealists, and traitors match wits and blows to ensure their vision of a perfect future.

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    1. ”My husband doesn’t converse with me, not that he doesn’t talk to me about his business, but that he doesn’t talk about anything. It took me a long time to realize that when he talks it is only for the purpose of obtaining something…. He has either to be making someone admire him, or to be receiving some information worth his while; otherwise he gives one the impression that he doesn’t talk because the person isn’t worth talking to.” Clover Dulles, wife of Allen DullesThe dashing [...]

    2. I had no problem whatsoever reading AGENT 110.ere are a lot of historical details but nothing that would bog an interested reader down! Allen Dulles was initially described by the English as being " a Yankee doodle-dandy blow-in who has little to provide in real intelligence." The man more than made up for any naivete' by the end of the warhe played a big part in creating the OSS and was there for its disintegration. He walked a fine line placating the Germans as well as the politicians in Washi [...]

    3. I received a copy of this book from the author in expectation of a review.In Agent 110: An American Spymaster and the German Resistance in WWII Scott Miller shows us once again there are still many interesting stories about WWII to be told. This is one of them. Allen Dulles, future head of the CIA, gets his introduction to the world of spies as the OSS chief in Switzerland. He spends the next two years running the OSS operation there, involved to some degree in various spying and resistance effo [...]

    4. An interesting book. On occasion, I enjoy reading books about spies in wartime. This one was pretty good. This tells of the story of an American spy, Allen Dulles who was recruited by William Donovan to work for the OSS (Office of Stragetic Services) to enter into Switzerland to work with anti-Nazi groups to assassinate Adolf Hitler and overthrow the Nazi party. His code name became known as Agent 110. This also tells of the failed assassination attempts on Adolf Hitler including Operation Valky [...]

    5. This book immediately draws you into the intensity of the time. In this second book, Miller once again-and even more so in this book, demonstrates his commitment to research that makes this book so compelling. The author must be very familiar with the Swiss and German region, the way he relates the setting adds to the over all authenticity and ease of the read that relates the complexity of the little-known backstory of contentions within German leadership during the war. I particularly noted th [...]

    6. A real lack of focus hurts this book - there's not nearly enough detail about either Dulles himself or his involvement in the various German plots to kill Hitler to really grab the reader. There's some interesting glimpses at life in neutral Switzerland and wartime Germany, but for a figure as polarizing as Dulles would turn out to be, there's a startling lack of perspective on how these experiences affected his later decisions in life.

    7. loved this book - my second Scott Miller book - very enjoyable felt like I was there at the end of WW 2. The Allen Dulles I knew was the JFK era Dulles. This book gave me a new look on the man. I can't recommend this enough.

    8. Excellent story, excellent writing! Thoroughly entertaining and educational as well. This was more interesting than I thought it would be. I actually enjoyed it quite a bit. I highly recommend this book.

    9. Agent 110 is a very well-written book, filled with fascinating and colorful detail about Nazi-era spycraft. We know about Allan Dulles and what a controversial figure he later became as head of the CIA. This book focuses on a short period when he was running spies for the OSS and working with the German resistance to get rid of Hitler. It helps us understand why he (and America) was so aggressive with the Soviets during the Cold War. I was looking forward to reading this because I loved Mr Mille [...]

    10. In Agent 110 Scott Miller gives an excellent overview of both Allen Dulles' early work in the intelligence community as well as the German resistance during WWII. There is enough detail to keep the work flowing but stops short of becoming bogged down in minutiae as some history books will do.While the focus is on Dulles and includes his personal life (though the line between personal and professional was a bit bleary) this is not a biography. Likewise this is not a detailed examination of the Ge [...]

    11. I enjoyed this book, found it to be a fascinating read!One often thinks of war as about infantry, tanks, and planes, but there is evidently a lot more that goes on behind the scenes in terms of espionage, secret deals and plots, and this book places you right there during the final years of WWII.I was on the edge of my seat during several pages of this book while reading about events that shaped history, and could have cut different ways had the outcomes been different.A couple additional observ [...]

    12. A very readable history of the German resistance during the war told from the perspective of Allen Dulles, the OSS station chief in Bern. From this neutral site he oversaw operations throughout Europe and gave particular attention to the resistance, which was not fully embraced by the Allied nations. He was also intimately involved in operations toward the end of the war that induced surrender of German forces in Italy. An interesting personal biography and history of some overlooked elements of [...]

    13. After reading AN HONEST SPY about the WWII German spy, Fritz Kolbe, who gave Americans enormous amounts of valuable information during the last years of the war I was ripe for another book about the agent Kolbe gave information to. That was AGENT 110, Allen Dulles, of the United States OSS. I did not get as engrossed in this book as the Kolbe story, but it certainly broadened my understanding of the place of intelligence work in world affairs, especially during wartime. I recooment this book to [...]

    14. Readable but in repeatedly pointing out that Roosevelt was wrong to insist on Germany's unconditional surrender it ignores one of the major causes of the resentment of Germans after WWI - the feeling that their military leadership had sold them out in surrendering. In fact the Allies in WWI did not invade Germany before the surrender. Roosevelt wanted unconditional surrender in part because he wanted WWII to be the last war with Germany.

    15. Pretty interesting book that sheds some light on the early days of the OSS and Allen Dulles, as well as the attempted assassination of Adolf Hitler.

    16. This book jumped around and was less about Dulles and more about his network of spies and informants. A little disappointing.

    17. An interesting story of Nazi-era spycraft. There are historical details with names one will recognize.

    18. See synopsis above. Very interesting read. Lots of history as to how things got to be as they are today, especially in Europe. Behind the scenes Cold War stuff.

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