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Roald Dahl met and dealt with and detailed his kn I m not really sure I ve ever been so disappointed by not really sure I ve ever been so disappointed by book And let me be clear nobody in the world loves this group of spies than I do And if ou were to stand here and ask me I would tell CES GLUCIDES QUI MENACENT NOTRE CERVEAU you to go writeour own fanfiction about Ian Fleming and Christopher Lee and Ian Fleming and Roald Dahl sitting around the Beverly Hills Hotel laughing about what they ve made American audiences believe this time That s likely to be both coherent and entertaing If Convaincre en moins de 2 minutes you do that btw please let me know I d love to read itHere s the problem The author didn t have nearly enough material about Roald Dahl working in espionage to fill up a book but had too much information to do nothing In addition I m pretty sure the book was really supposed to be about Charles Marsh because he s the one the story seems to center around indeed after he dies the book ends Most of the material seems to have come from Marsh s daughter by one of his four wives but I don t have any idea which one Except nobody but the author and the daughter know who Charles Marsh is so that book would be a pretty tough sell Indeed had I known how much space he was going to take up in a book allegedly about Roald Dahl I would have passed on it all together I will saveou the trouble Charles Marsh started out as a Texan who owned a bunch of newspapers who made a bunch of money and moved to Washington in hopes of buying influence Possibly unintentionally the narrative makes it pretty clear that his efforts were wasted as Roosevelt didn t want anything to do with himBut Rob ou re thinking It s right there in the title Roald Dahl AND the British Spy ring It s right thereYeah So we get like three appearances from Noel Coward David Ogilvy a name with which I was apparently supposed to be familiar but am not slightly often the occasional dash of Ian Fleming and then a cast of thousands I couldn t keep straight even after giving up in frustration and writing down their namesApart from the problem with pacing there s a definite chronology problem I nearly hurled my kindle across the Panera when in the space of one page we jumped from 1946 to 1952 to 1963 and then back to 1944 When the war was over and Roosevelt had died and the book STILL wouldn t end Dahl and his wife #go from being arguing newlyweds to the parents #from being arguing newlyweds to the parents three two of whom weren t called out by name in the space of three paragraphs The death of that same wife and acuisition of a new wife are covered in one paragraph I have no idea if their daughters didn t wish to be named or were legally excluded from being named or what the deal was It was just infuriating The entire last chapter in fact should have been either completely cut out or else expanded to explain who all these people were that suddenly reappeared in the narrativeIn a discussion of his post war life there is a sentence that says Dahl returned to writing children s books except that we haven t really seen him writing any children s books up to that point Not anywhere Sure there was Gremlins which he wrote and sold to Disney but he was in the business of propaganda and Disney didn t publish many spy novels during that era Dahl s writing efforts previous to this were short stories that were definitely not intended for childrenAs another reviewer pointed out there are chapters where Roald Dahl makes what amounts to a cameo appearance because his story wasn t the focus I learned than I ever wanted to know about Wallace the VP to Roosevelt during Roosevelt s third term Well after he became irrelevant he kept popping up in the storyThe best thing I can say about this novel is that the foreward was far entertaining than the rest of the book and even it left out a bunch of things I would like to have seen discussed I had planned to read this same author s next book about Paul and Julia Child but I m so annoyed with this one I m probably just going to skip it Mostly because I want to read a book about Paul and Julia Child not whoever the author chooses to write about this timeDownload the sample read the foreward walk away That s it That s my recommendation I was unfamiliar with the life of the author of Charlie and Chocolate Factory etc before picking up this volume It moves fairly swiftly through his war time service and focuses the E in the selection of William Donovan as its head Now for the first time with great research and reporting Jennet Conant reveals that the beloved author Roald Dahl was a member of Churchill's infamous dirty tricks suad and tells the full story of how he was recruited to spy on the Americans during World War. S reports were concerned with the #allies post war plans for civilian aviation routes a topic so mind numbingly tedious that ou #post war plans for civilian aviation routes a topic so mind numbingly tedious that Bill’s Humiliation in Panties Volume 8 you findourself skimming large se Unlike several other readers who have reviewed this I didn t find this book boring in the least The pacing toward the beginning is a bit awkward as the author makes the mistake of introducing the entire cast of characters in a big info dump at the beginning which makes them all run together but once Kotlin - Les fondamentaux du dveloppement d'applications Android you get past that the book is a lively wry well written scrupulously honest account of Dahl s small part in Britain s top secret spy agency and propaganda machine within the US during WWII I picked this book up because I m a fan of Roald Dahl s later writing so it was great fun to learn about how intimately connected his spy and literary careers were It s a bit mind boggling to imagine the crusty looking man in the open toed sandals on the back cover of The BFG hobnobbing with the political elite spending Independence Day with FDR at his private family home and seducing heiresses and socialites but really that seems to be the whole purpose of the book You ll enjoy this ifou re a Roald Dahl fan if not just for the exchange of
blisteringly satirical letters exchanged by Dahl and his friend Charles Marsh mocking the British ambassador How can a book be satirical letters exchanged by Dahl and his friend Charles Marsh mocking the British ambassador How can a book be very very interesting and et at the same time so eye wateringly dull Such is the sad state of The Irregulars Roald Dahl and the British Spy Ring in Wartime Washington by Jennet Conant There s a lot of remarkable information in this book but it often gets lost in details that may be of interest to a hardcore historian but less so for the rest of us So many times I wanted to put this book down never to return only to come across a passage so fascinatingly brilliant that I had no choice but to plow onThose that do choose to tackle this tome will be rewarded with intriguing tidbits that will captivate the guests at any dinner party If ou re up to the challenge please consider a few humble suggestionsDon t expect Bond James Bond Mingling with the rich famous and influential Absolutely Hanky panky Oodles High tech gadgets Not so much although Ian Flaming did have a pen that ejected tear gas Primarily the spies in this book formed relationships with the right people then kept their eyes and ears open and occasionally seduced their sources for information that would be valuable to Britain Or they used gossip to destroy Britain s enemies True Bond style action is rare although the book does allude to a British spy training camp Camp X naturally where spies were trained to cripple police dogs by grabbing their front legs and tearing their chests apart and to kill a man withbare hands Don t expect too much Roald Dahl either Contrary to the title I don t consider Dahl the main character in this book There are entire chapters where he is barely mentioned This book is really about the people and politics of wartime Washington Dahl is useful to the narrative because as he wanders through Washington he rubs elbows with many of the key players in the labyrinthine political scene and Conant can then introduce them to us in depth The Irregulars doesn t really suffer for this Most of these other characters are vibrant and interesting in their own rightDon t feel like Colp you have to remember everything Especially all of the people and acronyms Where it comes to all of the acronyms just assume that each one stands for a clandestine government agency its specific role generally isn t important As for the people the onesou really need to know are mentioned so often that ou ll soon come to know them without too much effortDon t be afraid to skim A lot In the end it takes a lot of effort to wade through this book Most will probably choose not to which is a shame They will never witness the elaborate lengths a rich tycoon will go to in order to conceal his mistress pregnancy They won t laugh at Dahl s boyish pranks or marvel at the tale of the fake map that convinced the US that the Germans had American conuest in mind Maybe if we re lucky Reader s Digest will publish a condensed version that everyone can enjoy This book wasn t what I thought it would be It was basically a list noting a slew of people mostly famous or well known people the main character. Dary INTREPID the British planted propaganda in American newspapers covertly influenced radio stations and wire services and plotted against American corporations doing business with the Third Reich They also pushed President Roosevelt to create a similar covert intelligence agency in the US and played a rol. .
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It s rather shocking to discover one of our favorite children s authors was a spyagainst our own country Roald Dahl most famously known as the author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was a spy during World War II for England which planted agents in the US for the purpose of finding out information and influencing the nation England badly needed help fighting Hitler and America was dragging its feet about joining the war effort
Conant s follows Dahl from his time as an RAF fighter pilot into his spy role and then very briefly through his post war ears as a successful author Though his actions and importance should not be underrated he was not a professional intelligence agent nor did he rise high in the pre MI6 organize that utilized him Therefore Conant devotes a good deal of the book to others the spy masters politicians socialites and others on the periphery of his elbow rubbing circle So with Dahl missing from so many pages it feels slightly misleading to call this a book about the famous children s author One feels at least in the midst of a chapter long diversion he may have been used to a small degree to ratchet up interest casting a wider net over another genre s audience than would have been snagged with only a spy enthusiast centered title Still and all that doesn t detract from the overall enjoyment of the fascinating stories that fill The Irregulars from cover to cover Having read two of Dahl s memoirs earlier in the ear I was keen to read of his exploits during World War II This warts and all presentation of Dahl proved to be something of an eye opener though I found at times the account so meticulous in its painstaking chronicling of the political maneuvering of Dahl and his cohorts that it got bogged down Not sure how to review this It was uite readableDahl and his ring of people are basically just big gossips We don t whether he actually DID anything But the British tried to move the Americans to war during WWII long before America was ready to go to war Congress was to a large extent dominated by isolationists And much of this book was about a newspaper publisher from Texas named Charles Marsh who doesn t ring a bell with me but that may not mean much and about William Stephenson who tried to control William Donovan and the OSS Now Donovan may have needed some help at the beginning but Stephenson seemed to think it meant that he was in charge And I really did not #need to know who LBJ was having affairs withDahl had been briefly an RAF pilot but was apparently #to know who LBJ was having affairs withDahl had been briefly an RAF pilot but was apparently uite early on And after the war Conant represents that he was still pretty much tied to his mother s apron strings All of her children settled very near her Of course I don t know what her age was at this pointI was essentially giving this 2 12 stars This is the little known story of the British Security Coordination BSC which was set up in the US by Winston Churchill to help prod the Americans into joining the Second World War This was run by William Stephenson who used a number of different agents to help undermine the isolationists gauge public opinion and generally interfere in American policy and opinions He cleverly used many people who were not traditional spies but involved and recruited celebrities such as Noel Coward and Leslie Howard as well as anybody he felt could mix comfortably in Society The BSC also ran a Rumour Factory which sent misleading stories out whether through gossip columns newspapers or dropped casually at dinner partiesOne of Jennet Conant s book The Irregulars promises much but delivers little You d think that a book that chronicled the activities of a British spy ring in WWII Washington would involve exciting tales of clandestine missions and other cloak and dagger activities Unfortunately Dahl s activities were limited to spying on various Washington socialites who had political leanings thatjennet conant s
British considered dangerous and through his friend and benefactor Charles Marsh reported the Vice President Henry Wallace who was considered by both governments to be potentially harmful to Roosevelt s chances for re election Through his friendship with Eleanor Roosevelt he was able to spend occasional weekends at the White House and Hyde Park all of which he reported back to his bosses The majority of Dahl. During the desperate winter of 1940 as the threat of German invasion hung over England the British government mounted a massive secret campaign of propaganda to weaken the isolationist sentiment in America and manipulate the country into entering the war on England's behalf Under the command of the now legen. .the British considered dangerous and through his friend and benefactor Charles Marsh reported