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By Susan Heuck Allen

“Classical Spies might be a long-lasting contribution to the self-discipline and may stimulate extra study. Susan Heuck Allen offers to a large readership an issue 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 yank intelligence carrier in international conflict II Greece. Initiated via archaeologists in Greece and the jap Mediterranean, the community drew on students’ own contacts and information of languages and terrain. whereas smooth readers may well imagine Indiana Jones is simply a delusion personality, Classical Spies discloses events the place even Indy might 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 finds outstanding information about a outstanding workforce 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 potent spies in an exciting video game of cat and mouse with their Nazi opposite numbers. counting on interviews with members sharing their tales for the 1st time, formerly unpublished mystery files, deepest diaries and letters, and private photos, Classical Spies offers a thrilling and private standpoint at the historical past of global battle II.

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