New York, NY :
Simon & Schuster
- First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
- Physical Description
- xxii, 342 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 287-330) and index.
- Main Author
Agent 110 was the code name for Allen Dulles when he was sent to Bern, Switzerland, then a hotbed of spies, as a head agent for the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) in 1942. (Dulles later became the first civilian director of the CIA.) Dulles' official assignment was psychological warfare, intelligence-gathering, and informant-cultivation. What he discovered, according to this breath-catching narrative, was that the German resistance movement wanted his support in deposing Hitler. Miller, a former writer for the Wall Street Journal and author of The President and the Assassin: McKinley, Terror, and Empire at the Dawn of the American Century (2011), skillfully weaves a double narrative of Dulles' machinations and those of the German resistance, explaining how they intersected and where they parted. He gives readers wonderful details throughout—for example, one assassination plot against Hitler used bottles of Cointreau because the designated bombs fitted exactly into the square-shaped bottles. The story as a whole is intriguing, but the desperately ingenious plots of the German resistance against Hitler are the most riveting parts of this clandestine history. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.Review by Library Journal Reviews
During World War II, Agent 110—that is, Allen Dulles—was tasked with helping members of the German resistance plotting to assassinate Hitler and negotiate surrender. But they wanted assurances Dulles couldn't deliver about Germany's treatment at war's end. From a former correspondent for the Wall Street Journal.. Copyright 2016 Library Journal.
A suspenseful account of how OSS spymaster Allen Dulles led a network of disenchanted Germans in a plot to assassinate Hitler and end World War II before the invasion of opportunistic Russian forces. By a former Wall Street Journal writer and the highly recommended author of The President and the Assassin.Review by Publisher Summary 2
Presents an account of how OSS spymaster Allen Dulles led a network of disenchanted Germans in a plot to assassinate Hitler and end World War II before the invasion of opportunistic Russian forces.Review by Publisher Summary 3
'Lively and engrossing.' 'The Wall Street Journal'Absorbing and bracing.' 'The Seattle TimesThis is the secret and suspenseful account of how OSS spymaster Allen Dulles led a network of Germans conspiring to assassinate Hitler and negotiate surrender to bring about the end of World War II before the Soviet's advance.Agent 110 is Allen Dulles, a newly minted spy from an eminent family. From his townhouse in Bern, and in clandestine meetings in restaurants, back roads, and lovers' bedrooms, Dulles met with and facilitated the plots of Germans who were trying to destroy the country's leadership. Their underground network exposed Dulles to the political maneuverings of the Soviets, who were already competing for domination of Germany, and all of Europe, in the post-war period.Scott Miller's fascinating Agent 110 explains how leaders of the German Underground wanted assurances from Germany's enemies that they would treat the country humanely after the war. If President Roosevelt backed the resistance, they would overthrow Hitler and shorten the war. But Miller shows how Dulles's negotiations fell short. Eventually he was placed in charge of the CIA in the 1950s, where he helped set the stage for US foreign policy. With his belief that the ends justified the means, Dulles had no qualms about consorting with Nazi leadership or working with resistance groups within other countries to topple governments.Now Miller brings to life this exhilarating, and pivotal, period of world history'of desperate renegades in a dark and dangerous world where spies, idealists, and traitors match wits and blows to ensure their vision of a perfect future.