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Lucifer Rising

British Intelligence and the Occult in the Second World War

By (author) Nicholas Booth
Format: Hardback
Publisher: The History Press Ltd, Stroud, United Kingdom
Published: 30th Jun 2016
Dimensions: w 147mm h 235mm d 38mm
Weight: 830g
ISBN-10: 0750965118
ISBN-13: 9780750965118
Barcode No: 9780750965118
Summer 1940. In the desperate fight against Nazi Germany, nothing is considered too outlandish, so the British secret services turn to figures from the occult world to help turn the tide of war. What begins as a mission to understand Hitler's supposed astrological advice soon becomes more bizarre, with often hilarious, unintended consequences. It is a story of misinformation, false predictions and some of the most surreal secret operations of the Second World War. Incredibly, it is all true. Featuring an eccentric cast of characters, including the creator of James Bond, a cross-dressing astrologer, a spymaster who walked around in public with his pet bear and the self-proclaimed `wickedest man in the world', best-selling author Nicholas Booth weaves together an amazing narrative of spying, sabotage and black propaganda. Using hitherto secret files - many only released in the last few years - Lucifer Rising unravels for the first time the myths surrounding these operations, culminating with perhaps the most curious of all: the arrival by parachute of Rudolf Hess in Scotland in May 1941.

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