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Illusionist

The True Story of the Man Who Fooled Hitler

«For more than 80 years, Dudley Clarke was little more than a footnote in the archives. His actions unknown even to his family and friends. In The Illusionist, Robert Hutton expertly returns the maverick - part showman, part soldier - to centre stage and forces us to rethink the conventional wisdom of the North Africa campaign. Sometimes war is fought as much in the imagination as it is on the ground: Clarke was a master of both. In the finest traditions of Ben McIntyre, this is a superbly written history that brings the dead alive. Once you've started reading you won't be able to stop»

John Crace, author, Depraved New World
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Detaljer

Forlag
Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Innbinding
Innbundet
Språk
Engelsk
Sider
384
ISBN
9781474626026
Utgivelsesår
2024
Format
24 x 16 cm

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«For more than 80 years, Dudley Clarke was little more than a footnote in the archives. His actions unknown even to his family and friends. In The Illusionist, Robert Hutton expertly returns the maverick - part showman, part soldier - to centre stage and forces us to rethink the conventional wisdom of the North Africa campaign. Sometimes war is fought as much in the imagination as it is on the ground: Clarke was a master of both. In the finest traditions of Ben McIntyre, this is a superbly written history that brings the dead alive. Once you've started reading you won't be able to stop»

John Crace, author, Depraved New World

«This story is as crazy as it is compelling, and Robert Hutton tells it brilliantly. Dudley Clarke's wartime activities were so outlandish as to be scarcely believable, and Hutton's achievement is meticulously to sift fact from rumour and myth. He does this without losing the gripping drama and striking humanity of this remarkable, important and hitherto overlooked tale»

Ciaran Martin, former head of the National Cyber Security Centre, GCHQ

«Hutton has hit the jackpot with his subject, a vivid character who kept a revealing diary . . . A delightful account of a crucial piece of the Allied victory»

KIRKUS, starred review

«Hutton has cut through the myths to give us the real person behind Montgomery's deception campaigns that won WW2 in the desert and Western Europe. I was hooked from page one. THE ILLUSIONIST is vital history, a stirring tale well told»

Dr Peter Caddick-Adams, author of 1945: Victory in the West

«An excellent analysis»

Literary Review

«Riveting. Truly revelatory. Jaw-dropping. Stranger than any fiction, you simply could not make these stories up. At last, Dudley Clarke and his extraordinary war as it deserves to be told. The master of lies, trickery and deception uncovered. Huzzah! Great fun and wonderfully written»

Damien Lewis, author of SAS: FORGED IN HELL

«Robert Hutton has brilliantly brought one of the forgotten heroes of the Second World War back to the fore. Dudley Clarke not only emerges as a genius of deception but also as a colourful and highly attractive maverick who deserves far greater recognition. Hopefully, this page-turning and utterly compelling book will do just that. Superb»

James Holland

«Hutton has revealed the brilliance of the 'master of deception', Dudley Clarke. It took a true creative eccentric like Clarke to become the brains behind the success of the SAS and commandos in North Africa. Meticulously researched, The Illusionist is simply superb»

Helen Fry

«Warfare has been partly about deception since the days of the Trojan Horse, but by the time of the Second World War it appeared to have reached a peak of sophistication. And, according to Robert Hutton in this well-researched and often entertaining book, the ultimate sophisticate was Dudley Clarke»

Simon Heffer, Telegraph

«A cracking tale. With admiration and pacy prose, Robert Hutton tracks one of the great British characters of WW2. Expect ingenuity and eccentricity by the barrow-load»

Sonia Purnell

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