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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.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.8" Width: 5.9" Height: 1" Weight: 1.1 lbs.
Release Date Jan 15, 2008
Publisher History Publishing Co LLC
ISBN 1933909366 ISBN13 9781933909363
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More About James J. Heaphey
James J. Heaphey was an undercover operative for the United States Air Force during the Cold War years of the Fifties. He is a Professor Emeritus, Rockefeller College of Public Policy and Administration, State University of NY. He has written three academic books and served as a consultant to various emerging governments. His PhD was taken U. of California, Berkeley.
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Review Aug 16, 2008
Legerdemain is about the true story of U.S. Air Force undercover operative Jim Heaphey. The reader gets to travel through Casablanca, the fairs in Marrakesch, plus Cairo and Cyprus. Mr. Heaphey was stationed in the French Morocco. This was a time when the U.S. was allied with Morocco to defeat the Soviet Union without France's knowledge. The United States of America was able to store atom bombs at some of the Morocco air bases secretly. By having the ability to do this the U.S. would be able to set plans in motion that would go down in history.
First off I have to tell you I don't typically read non-fiction novels. So when I saw Lisa Roe offering Legerdemain up for review and after reading the book summary I figured I would give it a try. Let me tell you I am glad I did and this is why. In writing Legerdemain, Mr. Heaphey is able to tell his part in what his responsibilities were as well as his relationship with the Islamic people. What an awe-inspiring novel. Here you take someone like Mr. Heaphey, who not only risked his life but in process was able to give the U.S an edge over the Soviet Union. I commend Mr. Heaphey for what he did. He is a true hero.
An Historical Vignette May 3, 2008
James J. Heaphy has provided the perfect picaresque historical account of daring and brio and spying in a Morocco which is struggling for its independence from the French. Heaphy is the perfect tour guide for the labyrinthine route; he provides an operational narrative of entwined complexities with delightful intricate details of privity that can only be supplied by someone uniquely qualified because he was an active participant in the intrigue of the time. But history is infinite, and for me the most important function of this historical memoir is that it enables one to appreciate all the more the subsequent metamorphosis to the modern moderate Morocco, guided by the brilliance and inspired leadership of Mohammed VI, the present king of Morocco. With Morocco poised to lead in assuaging the many factions of the Middle East, Legerdemain contrasts for us in bold relief what we hope that rational leadership can accomplish.
Great Story! Mar 5, 2008
This book was great! It made me laugh, cry, and left me wondering what was going to happen next. I highly recommend it, even if you aren't in to history (which I'm usually not), its written like a spy novel which pulls you in and makes you wonder how it all is going to end.
A remarkable read! Feb 26, 2008
What a remarkable read! Heaphey's story made me sit up and wonder as to what really goes on in this world. His writing style made the book move like a novel. I hope he has more books on the way.
A crackling good yarn Feb 23, 2008
Legerdemain is a crackling good yarn. It's also an unexpected five-star mixture of history and travelogue stirred into a Cold War memoir. Oh, to have such memories. As a Middle East specialist, I read books, magazines and web sites from necessity. I don't often enjoy much of the stuff I have to read to keep up. Legerdemain is a happy exception. I've added it to my bibliography because I found a gem of prediction among Jim Heaphey's well-crafted recollections. But you don't need utility as a motive to pick up this book, although you may learn a few things of interest, if you do. This is a five-star tome for me because I found a forewarning of our confusion over the current conflict with Islamists that is pertinent to my work. It could earn your five-star rating for any number of other reasons: clear writing, believable people, exotic locales and a special viewpoint into the early days of our conflict with the Soviets are all worthwhile reasons to follow this narrative for the fun of it. You are as likely to find a bonus in it as I did.