MacPherson, Nelson. American Intelligence in War-Time London: The Story of the OSS. London: Cass, 2003.

From publisher: "Based on OSS records only recently released ... and on evidence from British archival sources, this is a thoroughly researched study of the Office of Strategic Services in London.... MacPherson puts the activities of the OSS into the larger context of the Anglo-American relationship and the various aspects of intelligence theory, while examining how a modern American intelligence capability evolved."


MacPherson, B. Nelson. "CIA Origins as Reviewed from Within." Intelligence and National Security 10, no. 2 (Apr. 1995): 353-359.

This is a review essay that pivots around three books: Darling, The Central Intelligence Agency: An Instrument of Government, to 1950 (1990); Montague, General Walter Bedell Smith as Director of Central Intelligence, October 1950-February 1953 (1992); and Warner, ed., CIA Cold War Records: The CIA Under Harry Truman (1994).


MacPherson, B. Nelson. "The Compromise of US Navy Cryptanalysis After the Battle of Midway." Intelligence and National Security 2, no. 2 (Apr. 1987): 320-323.

The author attributes heavy U.S. naval losses at Cape Esperance, Santa Cruz, and Guadalcanal to the changing of the Japanese naval cipher as a result of the Chicago Tribune's publication of Stanley Johnston's dispatch.


MacPherson, B. Nelson. "Inspired Improvisation: William Casey and the Penetration of Germany." Intelligence and National Security 9, no. 4 (Oct. 1994): 695-722.

"The penetration of Germany [by Secret Intelligence Branch/OSS/ London] demonstrated William Casey's singular adeptness at harnessing disparate assets into a more cohesive force." Casey was SI/London chief from 1 December 1944. "The penetration ... provided the military precisely the kind of information it wanted."


MacPherson, B. Nelson. "Reductio Ad Absurdum: The R&A Branch of OSS/London." International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence 15, no. 3 (Fall 2002): 390- 414.

"R&A/London clearly never fulfilled its potential. It, moreover, certainly never merited the reputation it enjoyed in postwar historical literature."


MacPherson, Tommy [Sir], with Richard Bath. Behind Enemy Lines: The Autobiography of Britain's Most Decorated Living War Hero. London: Mainstream Publishing, 2010.

For Peake, Studies 55.3 (Sep. 2011), this book "is exciting reading and leaves no doubt that MacPherson earned his many medals and awards the old-fashioned way."


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