Rankin

 

Rankin, Murray.

1. "National Security, Information, Accountability and the Canadian Intelligence Service." University of Toronto Journal 36, no. 3 (Summer 1986): 249-285.

2. "Reporting on National Security: The 'Delicate Balance' Revisited." In National Security: Surveillance and Accountability in a Democratic Society, eds. Peter Hanks and John D. McComus, 101-112. Cowansville: Les Editions Yvon Blais, 1989.

3. "The Security Intelligence Review Committee: Reconciling National Security with Procedural Fairness." Canadian Journal of Administrative Law and Practice 3, no. 2 (Feb. 1990): 173-197.

4. "The SIRC, the Charter and the Courts." Administrative Law Review 43 (1990): 78-84.

[Canada/Gen]

Rankin, Nicholas. Churchill's Wizards: The British Genius for Deception, 1914-1945. London: Faber & Faber, 2008. A Genius for Deception: How Cunning Helped the British Win Two World Wars. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009.

Peake, Studies 53.3 (Sep. 2009) and Intelligencer 17.2 (Fall 2009), finds that this "is very good reading and provides an intimate look at the use of deception and those who made it work." It "gives a new perspective to the history of [] warfare and deception." For Aftergood, Secrecy News, 9 Mar. 2010, this work "is surprisingly colorful, with an endless stream of strange, offbeat and sometimes appalling anecdotes that the author has culled from his extensive reading and research." Freedman, FA 89.3 (May-Jun. 2010), calls A Genius for Deception a "page-turner." To King, NIPQ 26.2 (Jun. 2010), this is "both an entertaining and often surprising account."

[UK/WWII/Overviews; WWI/UK/Gen; WWII/Eur/Deception]

Rankin, Nicholas. Ian Fleming's Commandos: The Story of the Legendary 30 Assault Unit. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011.

According to House, Proceedings 138.7 (Jul. 2012), the Intelligence Assault Unit/30 Commando/30 Assault Unit (30 AU) "was the brainchild of Commander Ian Fleming, future author of the James Bond novels." The unit was created "to seize documents and technology of intelligence value to the Royal Navy." Although the author "may have ... exaggerate[d] somewhat the roles played by both Fleming and his brainchild," this book is "a tour de force that will entertain general readers without disappointing specialists." Peake, Studies 56.4 (Dec. 2012) and Intelligencer 19.3 (Winter-Spring 2013), finds references throughout the book "to incidents and names that later appeared in the Bond books."

[UK/WWII/Services/Navy]

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