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David Stafford is an historian and former diplomat who has written extensively on espionage, intelligence, Churchill, and the Second World War. The former Project Director at the Centre for The Study of the Two World Wars at the University of Edinburgh, he is now an Honorary Fellow of the University and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, where he and his wife now live.

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I first thought of writing this book in June 1999, during a walk along the shore of the Starnberger See at Tutzing, outside Munich, during a conference on Germany and Cold War intelligence

For my sister Liz, fellow survivor. I first thought of writing this book in June 1999, during a walk along the shore of the Starnberger See at Tutzing, outside Munich, during a conference on Germany and Cold War intelligence. My old friend Bill Leary, professor of history at the University of Georgia, gave a brief paper on this legendary operation. German scholars attending the conference were aware of the Berlin tunnel but, like me, knew little about it. Leary himself had no plans for such a book and so, with his encouragement and help, I began.

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Spies beneath berlin

Spies beneath berlin. The Extraordinary Story of Operation Stopwatch/Gold, the CIA’s Spy Tunnel Under the Russian Sector of Cold War Berlin. British historian Stafford (Roosevelt and Churchill, 2000, et. casts a revealing torchlight on an obscure and odd episode in the Cold War espionage game. It’s not much comfort to know, as the author recalls, that British schoolchildren in the 1950s feared nuclear annihilation as much as their American (and, presumably, Soviet) contemporaries. Neither is it much comfort to read of the astonishing incompetence that seems to have marked Allied efforts to spy on the Reds. This book tells the story. David Stafford is an historian and former diplomat who has written extensively on espionage, intelligence, Churchill, and the Second World War. David Stafford draws on eyewitness interviews and the full range of sources. Ironically, it was the Russians who supplied the minutes of the meeting that OK'd the tunnel.

For other people named David Stafford, see David Stafford (disambiguation). Spies beneath Berlin, John Murray (London, England), 2002; Overlook Press (Woodstock, NY), 2003. Find sources: "David A. T. Stafford" – news · newspapers · books · scholar · JSTOR (May 2010) (Learn how and when to remove this template message). David Alexander Tetlow Stafford (born 10 March 1942) is projects director at Edinburgh University's Centre for the Study of the Two World Wars and Leverhulme Emeritus Professor in the University's School of History, Classics and Archaeology. Stafford took his . at Downing College, Cambridge in 1963.

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An account of the covert cold-war activities surrounding Operation Stopwatch/Gold traces the year-long high-risk surveillance of German Red Army intelligence from a secret tunnel and the activities of a British secret services mole who significantly impacted both sides. Reprint.

This book is a great look into the world of espionage during the peak of the Cold War. It introduces us to many of the main players as well as the politics of the day. This is all delivered by telling the story of a daring operation that is straight out of a screenplay. A joint initiative from the British and Americans dig a tunnel right up to where one day the Berlin wall will stand. From this tunnel they tap the phone lines and start recording all they hear. Then one day this tunnel is discovered by some “workers” looking for a leak. The KGB pounces on this opportunity and has a field day using it for anti-American propaganda.

I enjoyed the author's style and found this book a very easy and engaging read. It has all you expect from a novel about espionage from the double agents to the clandestine meetings. But this is not a novel it is a true story and that just added to my interest in this book. It has kindled the fire in me to learn more about the Cold War the quite battle of intel gathering.
A compelling story and one well worth reading. That said, the story, as written, seems to skip around a bit much and some obviously compelling details are simply not presented. This book is worth reading, but at least the Kindle edition includes far too many typos and missing words, enough to make the reading more difficult than necessary. (Does anyone proof Kindle editions before they are published? Far too many appear to be first draft renditions. Stafford's book is of better quality, but the copy editing is horrible.) A solid Four from here and I can easily recommend this book to anyone with an interest in the complex espionage activities in Berlin during the 60s.
Don't get me wrong, Stafford's book is a fine account of the Berlin Tunnel, but there are a few problems. I would therefore suggest that folks interested in the subject matter first read Martin's "Wilderness of Mirrors," followed by Murphy/Kondrashev's "Battleground Berlin," before reading this.

Although this book does some add some fine detail hitherto unavailable in the aforementioned titles, it is insufficient, in my mind, so as to set this volume so apart from the others (as far as Berlin Tunnel material is related) as to warrant any especial consideration. Apart from some great new photos, that is.

It's obvious to me that Stafford, an Englishman, feels somewhat slighted regarding the lack of public attention paid his country or countrymen in this historical clandestine operation, and he more than makes up for it in his retelling here. According to the author, British SIS chief Sinclair "authorized the Berlin Tunnel," SIS station chief Peter Lunn, "masterminded" the tunnel operation, the tunnel was Lunn's "brainchild," and Lunn was the "true originator" of the operation. It's only ever Operation "Stopwatch/Gold," never Operation Gold (the American code name). Lunn was so good he even scouted the precise Rudow site on his own, independently, before the Americans chose it, or so Stafford would have one believe. Apparently, British Intelligence is even today still holding fast "to its blanket rule that there should be no discussion or acknowledgment of" their involvement in the Berlin Tunnel. Please...

Stafford briefly addresses a potential Operation Bronze (also mentioned by Martin), yet another tunneling/cable-tapping project, this time in Berlin's British sector. Left solely to their own devices, the British never never made it happen, alas.

The British were certainly heavily and crucially involved in the Berlin Tunnel. But after reading this book I'm surprised they let the Americans in on the operation at all, goodness gracious! I'm sure Stafford is a good man, and desires to set the record straight, but the painfully obvious, slightly slanted fashion in which it's done here doesn't afford the British their rightful due. It comes across as just a bit of sour grapes.
While the events portrayed in the book are interesting and of great historical importance, the presentation was less than engaging. It seemed as though the narrative's perspective shifted from time to time, resulting in disorientation about either time or place. It is clear that Mr. Stafford had a thorough and deep grasp of his subject, but his ability to engage me was limited. Still, I recommend the book for its factual and historical value...just don't expect a memorable read.
I enjoyed the read, for the most part. I think there were times when the author seemed to be sort of at a loss for what else to say, so it felt a tad repetitious at times. None the less, it's an interesting story and one that illustrates just how weird and wild the cold war was. Worth the time, even if it isn't the best book in the genre.