Military Intelligence: Blunders and Cover-ups

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This book is a professional view of a former military-intelligence officer and controversial insider of some of the greatest intelligence blunders of recent history. It includes the serious developments in government misuse of intelligence in the recent war with Iraq.

Colonel John Hughes-Wilson analyses not just the events that conspire to cause disaster, but why crucial intelligence is so often ignored, misunderstood or spun by politicians and seasoned generals alike.

This book analyses:

  • how Hitler’s intelligence staff misled him in a bid to outfox their Nazi Party rivals;
  • the bureaucratic bungling behind Pearl Harbor;
  • how in-fighting within American intelligence ensured they were taken off guard by the Viet Cong’s 1968 Tet Offensive;
  • how over confidence, political interference and deception facilitated Egypt and Syria’s 1973 surprise attack on Israel;
  • why a handful of marines and a London taxicab were all Britain had to defend the Falklands;
  • the mistaken intelligence that allowed Saddam Hussein to remain in power until the second Iraq War of 2003;
  • the truth behind the US failure to run a terrorist warning system before the 9/11 WTC bombing; and
  • how governments are increasingly pressurising intelligence agencies to ‘spin’ the party-political line.

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Book reviews

‘A compelling read’ Nigel West, historian and author

‘I opened this book under the false impression that it would be cheerful reading, good for a little gentle mockery. I came to scoff and remained to pray. This is a stunning book, highly readable, with direct relevance to all’ Trevor Agnew, The Press, Christchurch, New Zealand

Reader reviews

‘Beautifully written and thoroughly researched by a deeply informed professional, this book stands out from others in its genre for its range, its quality and its accessability. No punches are pulled. A quite excellent book which I cannot recommend too highly.’

‘”Intelligence for Dummies”, although this book is deadly serious! John Hughes-Wilson writes with good flow, amble sophistication, great insight and a twist of well-placed humour to spice it up. He is balancing delicately on the knife’s edge of hindsight and “I told you so” and yet steering clear of the obvious pit falls.’

‘This book takes several well known military events of the last century – such as Pearl Harbor, D-Day, the Tet Offensive, the First Gulf War – and shows how they succeeded or failed because of military intelligence. The writing style makes the book very easy to read and hard to put down. The author is clearly of the military intelligence profession and he knows his subject, although this is not a text book by any means. I appreciate the author’s neutrality when discussing the various events, something which may not appeal to people of a patriotic and narrow-minded persuasion.’