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Bennett, Gill. Churchill's Man of Mystery: Desmond Morton and the World of Intelligence. London: Routledge, 2006.

From publisher: This study of the "life and career of Desmond Morton (1891-1971), Intelligence officer and personal adviser to Winston Churchill during World War II," is "based on full access to official records." Morton "worked for SIS/MI6 from 1919 to 1934... The fortunes of SIS in the interwar years are described here in unprecedented detail.... Morton had met Churchill on the Western Front in 1916 and supported him throughout the 'wilderness years,' moving to Downing Street as the Prime Minister's Intelligence adviser in May 1940. There he remained in a liaison role, with the intelligence Agencies and with Allied resistance authorities, until the end of the war."

Peake, Studies 51.2 (2007), comments that " [d]espite Desmond Morton's best efforts to remain a very private man, Gill Bennett has produced a fine account that he would probably have admired." See Michael Evans, "The Enigma of an Army Friend Who Was Churchill’s Private Spy," Times (London), 13 Nov. 2006.

Bower, Tom. The Perfect English Spy: Sir Dick White and the Secret War, 1935-90. London: Heinemann, 1995. The Perfect English Spy: The Unknown Man in Charge During the Most Tumultuous, Scandal-Ridden Era in Espionage History. New York: St. Martin's, 1995.

Brown, Anthony Cave. "C": The Secret Life of Sir Stewart Graham Menzies, Spymaster to Winston Churchill. New York: Macmillan, 1987.

Butler, Ewan. Mason-Mac: The Life of Lt.-General Sir Noel Mason-Macfarlane. London: Macmillan, 1972.

Cockerill, A.W. Sir Percy Sillitoe. London: W.H. Allen, 1975.

Day, Peter. Klop: Britain's Most Ingenious Spy. London: Biteback Publishing, 2014.

Peake, Studies 58.4 (Dec. 2014), notes that "Jona von Ustinov served both MI5 and MI6 before, during, and after WW II.... [T]he multilingual Klop was admired professionally by all with whom he served.... Klop is the story of a dedicated agent who served his adopted country with distinction."

Deacon, Richard [Donald McCormick]. "C": A Biography of Sir Maurice Oldfield. London: MacDonald, 1985.

Deacon, Richard [Donald McCormick]. Super Spy: The Man Who Infiltrated the Kremlin and the Gestapo. London: Futura, 1990. [pb]

Denniston, Robin.

1. "The Professional Career of A. G. Denniston." In British and American Approaches to Intelligence, ed. K.G. Robertson, 104-129. Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1987.

2. Thirty Secret Years: A.G. Denniston's Work in Signals Intelligence, 1914-1944. London: Polperro Heritage, 2007.

Hamer, Cryptologia 31.4 (Oct. 2007), finds "the complete absence of an index" an irritation, the effects of which "are exacerbated by the fact that the bulk of this slim volume is comprised of virtually unedited, excerpted research material that is presented in a rather uneven order and without any consideration for the resultant lack of chronological continuity and inevitable instances of repetition." Kahn, Intelligencer 17.1 (Winter-Spring 2009), notes that this is a memoir, not a biography. The book "is not particularly well organized and it lacks an index, but is rich in valuable information."

Erskine, Ralph, and Peter Freeman. "Brigadier John Tiltman: One of Britain's Finest Cryptologists." Cryptologia 27, no. 4 (Oct. 2003): 289-318.

The authors term Tiltman "Bletchley Park's finest cryptanalyst on non-machine ciphers." He worked with GCCS/GCHQ from 1920 until his retirement in 1954, but then continued work with GCHQ until 1964. After that, he served as a researcher and consultant with NSA until 1980.

Fitzgerald, Penelope. The Knox Brothers. New York: Coward, McCann, & Geoghegan, 1977. Rev. ed. Washington, DC: Counterpoint, 2000.

According to Kruh, Cryptologia 25.2, this is the biography of the author's father (Edmund) and his three brothers. One of the brothers was Dillwyn "Dilly" Knox who played a major role as a British codebreaker in World War I (Room 40), during the interwar years (Foreign Office) and in World War II (Bletchley Park). Sexton terms this an "[o]utstanding biography of the four Knox brothers." The author views Dillwyn Knox as "one of the most important cryptanalysts of all time."

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