An account of the activities of the French secret service since 1944, up to the sinking of the Greenpeace ship "Rainbow Warrior". The book makes extensive use of interviews and documentary material about the agents, spymasters and targets of a notoriously incompetent intelligence organisation. The headquarters of the French secret service in Paris is opposite La Piscine, the Tourelles swimming baths, and it is by this name that the Service de Documentation Extrieure et de Contre-Espionage (SDECE) is popularly known. Journalists Roger Faligot and Pascal Krop relate the extraordinary history of the French intelligence service from the liberation of Paris in 1944 to the sinking of the Rainbow Warrior in New Zealand in 1985. They make use of archives and documents hitherto closed to public scrutiny, in addition to numerous interviews with former agents and intelligence chiefs, who have never before spoken at length about their experiences. As a result, the book aims to provide a unique insight into the workings of a major secret service, revealing its failures as well as its successes, its structure, organization and key decision-makers. Its agents attempted to liberate Jews from concentration camps, organized opium traffic in Indo-China against Ho Chi-Minh and the CIA, and were involved in attempts to assassinate Presidents Ben Bella and Nasser. The original version of La Piscine won Le Prix du Livre d'Investigation awarded by La Fondation pour la Liberte de la Presse in 1985.
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The authors' superficial account of French secret-service activities over the past four decades unwittingly conjures up images of a bumbling Inspector Clouseau. Having gathered an enormous amount of material, Faligot and Krop present it in an almost undigested state. An arch-rivalry with the American secret services is mentioned: Colonel Edward Lansdale, CIA ace of the 1950s, is said to have "stirred up a plot" against Cambodia's Prince Sihanouk but is "foiled" by the Service de Documentation Exterieure et de Contre-Espionnage with the help of "Chinese intelligence." How this was accomplished is not explained. Nor are the French authors forthcoming about postwar recruitment, training or policy. Unexpectedly coherent is the final chapter, dealing with the blundered 1985 sinking of the Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior in New Zealand. But on the whole, readers will be befuddled, never sure whether the authors intend to inform, amuse, appall--or all three. Photos.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Descripción Blackwell Pub, 1989. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Gift quality, Fine. A superior copy without defect. Clean, unmarked pages. Fine binding and cover. Hardcover and dust jacket. xiii, 344 pages,  pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cmContents: Amid the Ruins of the Third Reich. Part I The Birth of SDECE: Ali Baba's Cave; Tracking down the Nazis; The SDECE and the Socialist Party. Part 2 Operations on all Fronts: The Cold War; Indochina; The Secret War in the Maghreb. Part 3 The Gaullist Republic: Grossin's "Firm"; Signed, The Red Hand; The Colonies are Finished; Secret Missions on the Dark Continent; The Hunt for Moles; In the Turbulence. Part 4 From Pompidou to Mitterand: De Marenches at SDECE; Coups d'Etat in Africa; Mitterand's "Specials". Epilogue: Death of an Officer. Nº de ref. de la librería 1510080071
Descripción Blackwell Pub, 1989. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería DADAX0631156569
Descripción Blackwell Pub, 1989. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería M0631156569
Descripción Estado de conservación: Brand New. Book Condition: Brand New. Nº de ref. de la librería 97806311565671.0
Descripción Blackwell Pub, 1989. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería P110631156569