Legerdemain: The President's Secret Plan, the Bomb, and What the French Never Kn

by James J. Heaphey | History |
ISBN: 9781933909363 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingAceofHeartswing of Mississauga, Ontario Canada on 6/6/2008
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Journal Entry 1 by wingAceofHeartswing from Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Friday, June 06, 2008
Product Description
Legerdemain is the true story of a young undercover operative for the U.S. Air Force during the Truman-Eisenhower Administrations who was sent on a mission to wrest French Morocco from the French colonial system and bring it into the American sphere of influence. The purpose was toinsure Moroccan air bases for the Strategic Air Command which was vital for a retaliatory strikeagainst the Soviet Union. The story underlinesPresident Truman's disregard for French friendship and is willing to risk it for the sake of U.S.security. The disregard is further illustrated by the secret storage of atom bombs in French Morocco which was completely unknown to Charles DeGaulle, President of France. The story unveils the working of undercover operatives of Britains MI6, Israel's Mossad, America's CIA, France's Security Services, the Soviet Union's KGB as well as the FrenchForeign Legion set against the exotic backdrop of the alleyways, coffee houses and bathhouses of Casablanca, the exotic fairs of Marrakech, the settings of privilege in Cairo and the mountainside villages of Cypress. The author's experience also takes him through Berber villages in the Atlas Mountains and Foreign Legion outposts on the apronof the Sahara. Through it all, the author unfolds Islamic thinking of that period and sets it as a prelude to the affairs of the Twenty First Century.

Journal Entry 2 by wingAceofHeartswing from Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Tuesday, June 17, 2008
This is the true story of an Air Force intelligence officer stationed in Morocco in 1952. The Unites States and the Soviet Union are at the height of the Cold War. Each of them wishes to dominate and control the nuclear threat so that they are not invaded by the other.

The United States on the surface supports the colonial government of the French; but the United States government really wants to bring Morocco under their influence. They secretly support the nationalistic movement as long as they are insured to have their air bases on Moroccan soil. The air bases are vital in the cold war against the Soviet Union, as at this time intercontinental missiles do not yet exist.

The author at the time is extremely young and is trained by and exposed to agents from Britain, United States,Israel, France and the USSR. He describes how the thinking processes worked in this time period. The history of Morocco is depicted with a personal viewpoint as Heaphey lived through it. The cruelty of the French towards their 'subjects' and the complete disregard of the Moroccan royalty is disgusting. Moroccan leaders are deposed and then back on the whim of the Western governments. The author also describes the creation of the Islamic nationalists in Egypt.

The exotic settings of Casablanca, Marrakech, Cairo and Cypress amid all the intrigue make for a very interesting book. I found the fact that nuclear weapons were stored on foreign soil without either the French or Moroccan government aware of this to be very disturbing.

This is the type of book that will warrant a re-read as I am sure that I will absorb even more information a second time.

Journal Entry 3 by wingAceofHeartswing from Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Sunday, November 16, 2008
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Journal Entry 4 by wingbartonzwing from Bellevue, Washington USA on Monday, November 24, 2008
It's here and I look forward to reading t!

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