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Allen, Martin A.

1. The Hitler/Hess Deception: British Intelligence's Best-kept Secret of the Second World War. London: HarperCollins, 2003.

According to a reviewer in Contemporary Review, Jun. 2003, "the author claims ... that [Rudolf] Hess was not deranged and that his flight [to Britain] was part of a secret offer" made to the British. "Nazi leaders were, the author claims, purposefully misled by British secret intelligence officers into believing" that Churchill could be replaced by a more pliant" person. "This 'British trickery' led to the German invasion of Russia.... Russian losses are, therefore, Britain's fault.... This is not the full story however earnest the writer is in telling it."

2. Himmler's Secret War: The Covert Peace Negotiations of Heinrich Himmler. New York: Carroll & Graf. 2006.

According to Peake, IJI&C 20.2 (Summer 2007), the author "alleges that the British government ordered and implemented the assassination of Himmler" in order to prevent his testimony at Nuremburg that "Britain had entered into peace negotiations with [him] without telling its allies." However, as the reviewer points out, the documents on which this conclusion is based have been determined to be forgeries. How these forgeries were placed in the British National Archives has not been determined.

[UK/WWII/Overviews; WWII/Eur/Germany]

Allen, Matthew.

1. "The Foreign Intelligence Community and the Origins of the Naval Intelligence Department of the Admiralty." Mariner's Mirror 81, no. 1 (Feb. 1995): 65-78.

2. "Rear Admiral Reginald Custance: Director of Naval Intelligence, 1899-1902." Mariner's Mirror 78 (1992): 61-75.


Allen, Michael. Blinking Red: Crisis and Compromise in American Intelligence after 9/11. Dulles, VA: Potomac Books, 2013.

George, Studies 58.1 (Mar. 2014), finds that the author's "very readable legislative history of the 2004 intelligence reforms focuses more on the personalities than the organizations.... This eyewitness account" benefits "from extensive interviews of the players, complete with citations.... [T]he narrative is really a story of the clash of personal perspectives and less strictly an executive-legislative struggle." For Hulnick, IJI&C 27.3 (Fall 2014), this is "a splendid explanation about how the reform legislation was derailed, in spite of enormous pressure to get it right." Unfortunately, Allen leaves out the legislation's reform of the FBI and DHS.


Allen, Mike [Washington Post].

Allen, Patrick D. Special Operations Aviation: The Men and Machines of the Elite Units. Osceola, WI: MBI, 1999.

[MI/AF/SpecOps; MI/SpecOps]

Allen, Patrick H. F. U.S. Special Operations Command in Action. Shrewsbury, UK: Airlife, 2002.


Allen, Robert J. "Intelligence Support for Peace Operations." In Intelligence for Multilateral Decision and Action, ed. Russell G. Swenson. Washington, DC: Joint Military Intelligence College, 1997.

[GenPostwar/Peacekeeping; MI/Ops/90s]

Allen, Robin. "Bahrain Spy Chief Replaced." Financial Times, 20 Feb. 1998, 8.


Allen, Susan Heuck. Classical Spies: American Archaeologists with the OSS in World War II Greece. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press, 2011.

According to Peake, Studies 56.3 (Sep. 2012) and Intelligencer 19.3 (Winter-Spring 2013), the author "relies heavily on primary sources from the National Archives" to tell this story of OSS's crew of archaeologists who staffed "its Greek Desk in Washington and, later, Cairo." This work "fills a genuine gap in OSS history and is a truly invaluable contribution."

[UK/WWII/Med; WWII/OSS/OtherOps]

Allen. Thomas B. Declassified: 50 Top-Secret Documents That Changed History. Washington, DC: National Geographic, 2008.

After noting that a couple of details "should be corrected in the second edition" of this work, Peake, Studies 52.4 (Dec. 2008) and Intelligencer 17.1 (Winter-Spring 2009), concludes that the author "has assembled an interesting collection of documentary material that shows the importance of espionage in history. It is an original, valuable, and informative book."


Allen. Thomas B. George Washington, Spymaster: How the Americans Outspied the British and Won the Revolutionary War. Washington, DC: National Geographic, 2004.

Peake, Studies 49.2 (2005), refers to this as a "splendid little book. Written for teenagers, it is good reading for all. It does not break new ground, but it does concentrate Washington's spying experiences in one place.... Unlike most books of the genre, this one is rather well documented with many solid primary and secondary sources, often with their Web addresses. In his well written, interesting, valuable history, Allen has made an important contribution to the literature of intelligence."

Clark comment: Having now read Allen's award-winning work for "young adults," I can only echo Hayden Peake's comments above, which zero in on the merits of this "splendid little book" (only 149 pages of text, although the endnotes are also worth reading).


Allen. Thomas B. Harriet Tubman, Secret Agent: How Daring Slaves and Free Blacks Spied for the Union during the Civil War. Washington, DC: National Geographic, 2006.

The reviewer in NIPQ 23.1 (Jan. 2007), found this book, written for school-age children, "enjoyable and learned things he never before knew." The author "has gone back into archives and put together a fascinating story which provides information previously missing -- or covered only superficially -- in almost all histories of the Civil War."

[CivWar/Un/Gen & Women]

Allen, Thomas. Intelligence in the Civil War. Washington, DC: Central Intelligence Agency, 2006. []

This is an excellent, brief (50 pages) overview of the intelligence activities on both sides of this conflict.


Allen, Thomas B. Tories: Fighting for the King in America's First Civil War. New York: HarperCollins, 2010.

Goulden, Washington Times, 6 Dec. 2010, and Intelligencer 18.2 (Winter-Spring 2011), notes that in this "magisterial study" the author "pays keen attention to the intelligence aspects of the war." Waldsteicher, New York Times, 10 Dec. 2010, comments that "[r]ecruiters of spies as well as the spies themselves faced the gallows, and Allen tells us who kicked the box and how the body swayed."


Allen, Thomas B. "Year of the Questions -- Spies, Software Moles, and Subversive Agents." Sea Power 29 (Jun. 1986): 32-33 ff. [Petersen]


Allen, Thomas B., and Norman Polmar. Code-Name DOWNFALL: The Secret Plan to Invade Japan -- and Why Truman Dropped the Bomb. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1995.

Bates, NIPQ 2.1: "While intelligence is not a major part of the book, MAGIC convinced Truman that Japanese military leaders were determined to fight to the last man, woman and child, or a negotiated peace." Auer and Halloran, Parameters (Spring 1996), call this "an uneven book with, nonetheless, some keen insights." However, the book "is marred by an evident lack of familiarity with Japan."

According to Giangreco, NWCR (Spring 1998), the authors "have produced a clear, concise work outlining the invasion planning in the context of the increasingly bloody fighting in the Pacific." They "effectively clarify many of the misconceptions that have grown up around U.S. decision making during the war's final days." Conaway, Air & Space Power Journal (2008), finds that this "is an excellently researched book that proves its thesis" that the United States was going to invade whether or not it used the bomb "well beyond a reasonable doubt."


Allen, Thomas B., and Norman Polmar. Merchants of Treason: America's Secrets for Sale. New York: Delacorte, 1988. New York: Dell, 1988. [pb]


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