A Man Called Intrepid

This book should be required reading for every high school student in America. I enjoy WWII history, especially the less known facts. I also enjoy stories about spies, espionage, and military strategy. This book not only delivered all of the aforementioned items, but also provided unique insight into the politics and sentiments of post WWI Europe and America. The book highlights the great efforts of a select few that ultimately saved the free world from Nazi rule. I could not put this book down. No other work provides such a glimpse into the horrific nature of Hitler and his cohort. Anyone who wants to better understand WWII and why certain epic events took place should read this book.

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By Erik (Chicago, IL) · ★★★★☆ · August 29, 2012
This is only in part a biography of Sir William Stephenson (1/23/1897–1/31/1989) through the war. It is primarily a history of the coordination of the intelligence services of the British Commonwealth and the U.S.A. during WWII with which he was involved and for which he was substantially respons... ...more
By Abbas (India) · ★★★★☆ · September 13, 2014
Came across a mention of this book on Goodreads and remembered reading it years ago. Its about the birth of the British Secret Service during the second world war - what was to later become MI6. And about two men's determination not to lose a lost war: Winston Churchill, and William Stephenson. I... ...more
By Paul (Bournville, WM, The United Kingdom) · ★★★★★ · November 25, 2010
Fantastic book, loved the writing, it's a great page turner too. ...more
By David (Palo Alto, CA) · ★★★★☆ · February 09, 2015
I liked it. I've been meaning to read for, well, probably since the book first came out. I can't say clearly what the book actually was trying to cover. Was it a more general, the intelligence war? Was it, BSC? Was it, Intrepid? I was never quite sure where the focus lay. It's still a good story.... ...more
By Bob · ★★★★☆ · November 20, 2014
Very interesting book. It's not a biography of a James Bond-like superspy, like I was expecting (and like the dust jacket leads you to expect). It's more of a view of espionage and intelligence in Britain and the US during World War II, with particular emphasis on the contributions of one man, Wi... ...more
By Alec (The United States) · ★★★★☆ · March 06, 2013
As you can tell from the cover of this wonderfully researched, non-fiction novel, William Stephenson was once a man called Intrepid. Actually, maybe you can't tell. Stephenson is the guy in the picture...not to be confused with William Stevenson the author, whose name is found in the bottom right... ...more
By Brent (Winnipeg, MB, Canada) · ★★★★☆ · March 15, 2013
A fascinating look into the secret war waged by British and American intelligence against Nazi Germany. The book is at its best when it relates the stories of the little people: the young woman parachuted into France to transmit wireless messages to Britain only to immediately see her entire sect... ...more
By Grant (Annapolis Valley, NS, Canada) · ★★★★☆ · May 18, 2013
I don't often come away from a biography feeling both sated yet still wanting to know more about the subject, but A Man Called Intrepid really sparked my curiosity. William Stephenson is a fascinating figure, and it's hard not to admire his intellect and the recollections of meticulous and brilli... ...more
By Andy (The United States) · ★★★☆☆ · January 12, 2013
This books tells a different story about WW2 adding details to the battles I was familiar with going into the book. I'm no WW2 buff, but the book still kept my attention. The main idea is that Britain would have lost the war without its espionage operations, and the Allies really benefited from t... ...more
By Khairul H. (Petaling Jaya, Selangor, 14, Malaysia) · ★★★★☆ · September 03, 2011
As much as the Allied powers beat the Axis by the blood and guts of the soldiers on land sea and air, it was also won with the immense help of the secret army; the code-breakers and the spies who risked everything in return for nothing. William Stephenson (codename: INTREPID) was Churchill's mast... ...more