"A masterpiece of scholarship and synthesis that also reads like a thriller...It will remind readers of a cloak-and-dagger tale by John Le Carré."


 The Washington Post 

“With the pacing of a spy thriller… War of Shadows takes us to the brink of disaster as the Allies and Axis powers vie for control of the Middle East…. Gorenberg belongs to a unique cadre of journalist historians."

    —Sarah Wildman, author of Paper Love 

“A dazzling and groundbreaking portrait of a crucial moment in WWII… Gorenberg has produced a vital new account of one of the key episodes of the last century.”  

—Matti Friedman, author of Spies of No Country

The story grips you so much that it’s hard to put aside: the extraordinary spying in both directions, the vivid characters, the huge stakes, and all of this on a World War II front that American readers know surprisingly little about.”

—Adam Hochschild, author of King Leopold's Ghost

“Vivid…fascinating…sure to be among the year’s best histories of World War II.”

Kirkus Reviews (starred review)



Gershom Gorenberg is the author of War of Shadows: Code Breakers, Spies, and the Secret Struggle to Drive the Nazis from the Middle East. Based on documents that remained classified for decades, War of Shadows demolishes myths of World War II

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