By Susan Heuck Allen
“Classical Spies could be an enduring contribution to the self-discipline and should stimulate additional study. Susan Heuck Allen provides to a large readership a subject of curiosity that's vital and has been neglected.”
—William M. Calder III, college of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Classical Spies is the 1st insiders’ account of the operations of the yankee intelligence carrier in international struggle II Greece. Initiated by means of archaeologists in Greece and the japanese Mediterranean, the community drew on scholars’ own contacts and data of languages and terrain. whereas glossy readers may perhaps imagine Indiana Jones is simply a fable personality, Classical Spies discloses occasions the place even Indy may believe at domestic: burying Athenian dig documents in an Egyptian tomb, activating prep-school connections to set up spies code-named Vulture and Chickadee, and organizing parachute drops.
Susan Heuck Allen unearths outstanding information about a extraordinary team of people. frequently unsuitable for mild-mannered professors and students, such archaeologists as college of Pennsylvania’s Rodney younger, Cincinnati’s Jack Caskey and Carl Blegen, Yale’s Jerry Sperling and Dorothy Cox, and Bryn Mawr’s Virginia Grace proved their mettle as powerful spies in an exciting online game of cat and mouse with their Nazi opposite numbers. hoping on interviews with contributors sharing their tales for the 1st time, formerly unpublished mystery records, deepest diaries and letters, and private photos, Classical Spies bargains a thrilling and private viewpoint at the background of worldwide struggle II.
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