A Man Called Intrepid by William Stevenson

A Man Called Intrepid

He masterminded the international intelligence network that halted the Nazi juggernaut. Sir Wm Stephenson, the man called Intrepid, & his activities are this book's subject. Because he sought anonymity, held no military rank & wore no uniform after 1918, he never publicly displayed the decorations & medals awarded him. He holds the (UK) Military Cross, Distinguished Flying Cross, '14-15 Star, General Service Medal, WWI Victory Medal, Badge of Kni...

Details A Man Called Intrepid

TitleA Man Called Intrepid
Release DateDec 17th, 2013
PublisherSkyhorse Publishing
GenreHistory, Nonfiction, Biography, Spy Thriller, Espionage, War, World War II

Reviews A Man Called Intrepid

  • Terence M
    4.5 stars - highly recommendedI was seven months old when HMAS Sydney was sunk by the German raider Kormoran in November 1941 killing all 645 Australian naval personnel on board including my father. I read this book when it was first published in the mid 70's and it was probably even better second time around. For anyone interested in WW II it has everything: politics, intrigue, heroism, espionage, all on an almost unworldly scale, but for sheer ...
  • Sketchbook
    A real-life W2 thriller you won't forget, from the sinking of the Bismarck, the development of the A bomb, the Isolationism of America prior to Pearl Harbor, the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich ("the butcher of Prague"), the exploits of a beautiful Allied spy code-named CYNTHIA and the perfidy of monstrous Stalin, to the double-crossing-defeatist US Ambassador Joseph P. Kennedy. Minor heroic roles by Ian Fleming, Leslie Howard and good deeds b...
  • Evan
    "A Man Called Intrepid" is partly an account of Canadian-born spymaster William Stephenson's central role in the development of the British-American intelligence system during WW2; and partly a revelation of the absolutely critical role that intelligence services (e.g. code-breaking, espionage, and sabotage) played in the defeat of the Axis powers in WW2. I use the term "revelation" because at the time of it's publication in 1976, the secrets of ...
  • Erik Graff
    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 responsible.A thoughtful page-turner, Stevenson's text deals seriously with the problematics of modern statecraft, intelligence capabilities and warfare and h...
  • Austin Gisriel
    A Man Called Intrepid: The Secret War should be assigned to every high school student in the United States. Not only does it detail how World War II could not have been won without intelligence work and precisely directed underground armies, it is a warning regarding the world today. Author William Stevenson makes clear that Hitler’s Third Reich was the first modern terroristic state and it used the latest technology to subdue—or annihilate...
  • Abbas
    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. It offers fascinating insights into how individual events change the course of history, and how easily everything could have been otherwise. Also, it's di...
  • Bob
    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, William Stephenson. It was very interesting: I definitely learned a lot that I hadn't known before, and I consider myself pretty knowledgeable about World ...
  • Paul Birch
    Fantastic book, loved the writing, it's a great page turner too.
  • Len Knighton
    It has been said that TIMING IS EVERYTHING. Had I finished this book a few days earlier, I would have given it 4 stars, although recommending it highly. But yesterday I heard an interview on NPR with Pat Buchanan and upon reflection changed my rating to 5 stars.Buchanan defended his choice to support Donald Trump as the Republican nominee for President while at the same time lauding his own proclamations and predictions which he believes to have ...
  • Anthony Meaney
    Alternate title: The Man Who Saved the World. As a Canadian I was well aware that there was an important WWII fella called "Intrepid". When this book and prior classified material was released in the 70's it caused a lot of excitement in this country. Here was a Canadian who'd played an integral part in WWII. However my impression gleaned through the media of the time was that Bill Stephenson (Intrepid). Was some guy who ran a spy training camp (...
  • Sarah
    Loved this! Not the easiest or quickest book to read but so so so interesting. This is a book I'll go back to a few more times to remind myself of an amazing man called Intrepid.
  • Brent Venton
    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 section rounded up by the Germans, the pilot sent to pick up physicists in Sweden and smuggle them back. The human costs of secret warfare is grimly recounte...
  • Larry Loftis
    This is the best book on William Stephenson, head of British Security Coordination and one of the key players in encouraging FDR to: a) create a separate agency for foreign intelligence (and thus replace the FBI's role); and b) appoint William Donovan as the director of the new agency (OSS, forerunner to the CIA). It is a resource book, and one of the sources I cite in my own book (Into the Lion's Mouth, Berkley, June 14, 2016) for details of how...
  • Jeffrey Zeltzer
    A consummate intelligence officer's survey of WWII from a British perspective.The 5-Star rating was earned because of the exhaustive telling of the story of WWII intelligence gathering and resistance by a wide variety of people of many nations. This was my first exploration into the covert operations ranging from guerrilla action to atomic research. The story of cooperation and concern between the western allies is eye-opening.I recommend to anyo...
  • Pete
    Not a bad novel although the author is naive to think Stephenson, Roosevelt or Churchill were any better than their enemies. They were willing to sacrifice innocent victims (Coventry) and naval divisions (Dieppe) as part of their "end justifies the means" philosophy. That intel is of critical importance in war is obvious and the allies were fortunate that the Third Reich were more concerned with mass exterminations.
  • Rick Colburn
    Very intriguing readI learned a lot while reading this book all of which was not taught in schools because of the secrecy invoked by the government's at the time and even to this day is a lot of knowledge of what went on and happened still is unknown and or may never be known
  • Chris Mcmanaman
    Ian Fleming himself once wrote, "James Bond is a highly romanticized version of a true spy. The real thing is ... William Stephenson."
  • Rich
    This is the second time I've read this book. I enjoyed it very much again and thirty years of experience gave me new insights into the challenges "Intrepid" faced and overcame.
  • Kathleen Dickson
    Read 3 times,...
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  • Heather
    William Stephenson bore the code name Intrepid during World War II. He earned a British knighthood and the Medal for Merit from the United States, among other honors, for his work. A Man Called Intrepidtells the behind the scenes story of the war and some of the spy missions and intelligence gathering involved. It answers some questions of why things were done the way they were. Sometimes the writing can be long-winded, but for the most part, thi...
  • Beth Dickey
    It really is an incredible story.Why don't they teach this in school? Here's what I basically learned about WW2 in school: "Oh look it's almost the end of school. We'd better get this unit in on WW2! (We'll skip over WW1 because it's confusing). "Hitler killed Jews, which was bad. Here are picture of emaciated people and dead bodies! Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, and surprised the U.S. The U.S. Interred Japanese-Americans and dropped the A bomb, whi...
  • Ekta
    A revealing account of the secret efforts to end world war II. The man Intrepid in some sense answers the long existing question, "what can one man do in the face of chaos and adversity?". The book gives you hope and way of life that is much needed. In addition it is a definite yes to anyone looking to fill the gaps on untold history secrets. e.g. Ian Fleming (who created James bond movies) was a secret agent himself.A definite read. Talking abou...
  • Yofish
    Really more like 4.5Sort of a biography of Bill Stephenson (no relationship to the author), but really more a history of WWII as seen through information warfare. And guerilla stuff, or at least he calls it that, but not really what I think of. But it was great. The author seems to have just grabbed any piece of the story, and followed it where it would. The author appears to have spent a good time talking to Stephenson, who was still alive in th...
  • Jay Williams
    Real spy intrigue Over the years I've read a large number of WWII books, but most of them only touched on the intelligence side of the war. This goes into much more detail and has changed my perspective a bit on the war. We've read plenty about the men slogging it out in the trenches, but this gives a much different, and enlightening view of the war effort. It also helped me to become a little more reluctant to believe everything I hear from a go...
  • Susan
    Wow! This is the amazing account of William Stephenson, who was aptly given the code-name, Intrepid. He was a brilliant man who created the preeminent spy network that would eventually hamper Hitler’s war machine, and greatly assist the Allies victory in WWII. The book gives details of many secret missions, that were not revealed until the 1970’s, involving resistance groups, guerilla armies, and courageous citizens. It relays the struggle th...
  • Lisa
    This is a good book and serves as an overview of the part played by the British and American intelligence services in the Second World War, with emphasis on the roll of William Stephenson, code-named Intrepid, who headed the British services. He played pivotal roles in getting America into the war, fighting Nazi isolationist propaganda in the United States, and trying to keep the relationship between the Brits and Yankees on task and on an even k...
  • Sarah Gerdes
    My dad always bemoaned the fact he couldn't participate in WW2. As a Canadian close to the American border, he felt half and half, and as a consequence, raised us with a plethora of WW2 videos, books and photographic imagery of his favorite characters, including generals and spies. This was required reading in our house--my first time in junior high. Completely fascinating, the account of espionage and intelligence, how the countries did and didn...
  • Scott Schneider
    An amazing behind the scenes look at what happened during WW II and how the Allied Secret Services made such a significant contribution to winning the war. Lots of stories mingled in here from Cynthia the spy to Niels Bohr and the atom bomb. Behind it all was William Stephenson and Bill Donovan, the puppet masters, pulling the strings. It wasn't really a biography of Stephenson since you learn almost nothing about his as a person, except to see h...
  • Jeff
    Like the title says, an incredible story about the intelligence efforts before and during WW2. Although it took me quite awhile to get through the whole book, I enjoyed it very much. I would recommend this to anyone with an interest in the "story behind the story" of the history of World War Two. Several accounts document the anguish of Churchill and others making decisions to protect the source of intelligence information at the expense of great...