Ladislas Farago

Farago, Ladislas. The Broken Seal: The Story of "Operation Magic" and the Pearl Harbor Disaster. New York: Random House, 1967. London: Arthur Barker, 1967. The Broken Seal: "Operation Magic" and the Secret Road to Pearl Harbor. New York: Bantam Books, 1968. [pb]

According to Constantinides, "[e]xperts have found the book unreliable as cryptological and intelligence history." Sexton finds that the book "[f]urnishes valuable background, but has been superseded by more recent works."

[WWII/Magic & PearlHarbor][c]

Farago, Ladislas. Burn After Reading: The Espionage History of World War II. New York: Walker, 1961. New York: MacFadden-Bartell, 1963. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2003.

Sexton sees this as a "broadly conceived history of intelligence in World War II," but notes that "Farago emphasizes the sensational." Commenting on the 2003 reissue, Bath, NIPQ 19.4, notes that "[c]onsidering the secrets, both cryptographic and operational,... released into the public domain" since its original publication, this work "has stood the test of time and recent scholarship remarkably well."

Kruh, Cryptologia 28.1, (2004) comments that "[t]his compelling account ... describes in colorful details the major exploits of the OSS, MI5, Abwehr, and Deuxième Bureau." In Cryptologia 30.2 (Apr. 2006), Kruh adds that this is "an interesting book that offers hours of reading pleasure."


Farago, Ladislas. The Game of the Foxes: The Untold Story of German Espionage in the United States and Great Britain During World War II. New York: David McKay Co., 1971. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1972.

For Constantinides, this is a book of "uneven quality, controversial claims, and questionable conclusions.... The author had a penchant for the dramatic and for exaggeration.... The book's principal fault is that it distorts the reality of German intelligence's effectiveness ... and gets some of the details wrong as well." Sexton refers to The Game of the Foxes as a "misleading but popular account of German espionage and double agency in the United States and Great Britain."

[FBI/WWII; WWII/Eur/Gen & Ger/Ops]

Farago, Ladislas. Patton: Ordeal and Triumph. New York: Dell, 1963.

[WWII/Eur/Bulge & Gen][c]

Farago, Ladislas. "Secrets of the Secret Service." Saturday Review of Literature 50 (18 Nov. 1967): 31-32. [Petersen]


Farago, Ladislas. The Tenth Fleet. New York: Ivan Obolensky, 1962. New York: Paperback Library, 1964. [pb]

For Knowles, Studies 7.2 (Spring 1963), "[t]he main criticism that can be directed at the book arises from the author's dramatic compulsions, the most annoying of which is to portray the good guys as supermen and the bad guys as villians." Nevertheless, it "is based upon meticulous research into a wide range of source material," including both U.S. and German documents and records.

Constantinides comments that "[p]ersons familiar at first hand with the Tenth Fleet's history praised Farago's story as accurate and one of the most complete accounts that had been published at the time." Nevertheless, the work was written before Ultra became public knowledge, so it lacks that crucial dimension.


Farago, Ladislas. War of Wits: The Anatomy of Espionage and Intelligence. New York: Funk & Wagnells, 1954.

Pforzheimer, Studies 5.2 (Spring 1961), comments that even though this work is "[m]arred by theoretical crudities, factual inaccuracies, and uncritical journalism," it is still "useful as a composite of the most important information on intelligence doctrine publicly available in 1954."


Farago, Ladislas, ed. German Psychological Warfare. New York: Committee for National Morale, 1941. New York: Putnam's, 1942. New York: Arno Press, 1972.

The publisher of the 1972 edition states: "This is a greatly expanded version of the author's 1941 compilation, of bibliographic entries on the same topic -- this volume has more entries plus a lengthy essay on the theory, organization and practice of Nazi propaganda. There is coverage of both internal and foreign Propaganda, and details of political and military tactics and strategy."

[WWII/Eur/Germany; WWII/PsyWar]

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