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    DescriptionIn 1942, with a black-market chicken under his arm, Leo Marks left his father's famous bookshop, 84 charing cross road, and went to war. He was twenty-two and a cryptographer of genius. In "Between silk and cyanide", his critically acclaimed account of his time in SOE, Marks tells how he revolutionized the code-making techniques of the Allies, trained some of the most famous agents, who dropped into France including Violette Szabo and 'the White Rabbit', and why he wrote haunting verses including his "The Life that I have" poem. He reveals for the first time the disastrous dimensions of the code war between SOE and the Germans in Holland; how the Germans were fooled into thinking a Secret Army was operating in the Fatherland itself; and how and why he broke General de Gaulle's secret code. Both thrilling and Poignant, Marks' book is truly one of the last great Second World War memoirs.

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    Between Silk and Cyanide
    A Codemaker's War 1941-45
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Leo Marks
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 480
    Width: 124 mm
    Height: 194 mm
    Thickness: 46 mm
    Weight: 621 g
    ISBN 13: 9780750948357
    ISBN 10: 0750948353

    BIC E4L: BIO
    BIC subject category V2: HBWQ
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JJH
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1D
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD, BTM, JWL
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T18.2
    BISAC V2.8: BIO007000
    BIC subject category V2: JWKF
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 27470
    DC22: 940.548641
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027100
    BIC subject category V2: 3JJH, 1D
    BISAC V2.8: BIO008000
    Thema V1.0: NHWR7, NHD, NHWL, JWL, DNXM, JWKF
    Illustrations note
    black and white illustrations
    The History Press Ltd
    Imprint name
    Sutton Publishing Ltd
    Publication date
    01 October 2007
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    Leo Marks himself is a legend both as a cryptographer and as a scriptwriter. His most famous work, Peeping Tom, a terrifying thriller about a killer obsessed with photographing the fear on the faces of the beautiful women he is about to murder, is a cult classic of 1960s cinema. He was also the voice of Satan in Martin Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Christ.
    Review quote
    Martin Scorsese "Between Silk and Cyanide" is a mesmerizing account of World War II as fought on the home front in Great Britain by the ingenious codemakers whose work determined the life and death of the Allied agents in occupied Europe. Leo Marks, a brilliant cryptographer, is a masterful and passionate storyteller. I was immediately swept into his secret world of codes and "undecipherables," trying at times (without success) to unravel the puzzles myself, and found it difficult to put down the book until the drama had come to an end.