You're Stepping on My Cloak and Dagger

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Naval Institute Press, May 11, 2013 - History - 220 pages
With a sharp eye and wry wit, Roger Hall recounts his experiences as an American Army officer assigned to the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) during World War II. First published in 1957 to critical and popular acclaim, his book has become a cult favorite in intelligence circles. The story follows Hall's experiences from a junior officer fleeing a tedious training assignment in Louisiana to his quirky and rigorous OSS training rituals in the United States, England, and Scotland. Quick to pick up on the skills necessary for behind-the-lines intelligence work, he became an expert instructor. But he was only reluctantly given operational duties because of his reputation as an iconoclast. In his droll story-telling style, Hall describes his first parachute jump in support of the French resistance as a comedy of errors that terminated prematurely. His last assignment in the war zone came when William Colby appointed him section head of an operations group that made its way on foot through Sweden. Called one of the funniest and most perceptive works ever written about life in the OSS, the book includes a wealth of unforgettable personalities that Hall encountered over the years.

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You're Stepping on My Cloak and Dagger (Bluejacket Books)

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With tongue firmly planted in cheek, Hall recounts in this 1957 volume his years as an OSS officer in World War II. The title sets the tone. Read full review

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"...a wry spy." It's hard to write a funny book about World War II. Reads like an inside joke. Read full review


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Roger Hall is professor emeritus of history at Western University and senior fellow at Massey College, University of Toronto. He has been editor of "Ontario History" and co-editor of "The Canadian Review of American Studies". His publications include "A Century to Celebrate" and "The Rising Country". He lives in Toronto.

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