A Spy in Rome

Title:                      A Spy in Rome

Author:                 Peter Tompkins

Tompkins, Peter (1962). A Spy in Rome. New York: Simon and Schuster

LCCN:    62007558

D810.S8 T6


Date Posted:      February 28, 2017

Reviewed by Paul W. Blackstock and Frank L. Schaf[1]

This book is the edited and expanded notes and diary of OSS agent Peter Tompkins, written in enemy-held country in all violation of strict security measures. In November 1942 the author was deputy to the director of psychological warfare in Algiers; however, he disassociated himself from this type of activity to become an active OSS field officer. He went from recruiting Italians for espionage behind German lines after the landings at Salerno to an assignment in Rome during the last months of the German occupation. There he developed a Socialist-based espionage network. His book reflects the intricate political intrigues which took place during the Italian campaign, and much of the bitterness which they engendered.

[1] Blackstock, Paul W. (1978) and Frank L. Schaf, Jr. Intelligence, Espionage, Counterespionage, And Covert Operations: A Guide to Information Sources. Detroit: Gale Research Co., p. 209

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