Legerdemain examines the panoply of countries and their spies as they dealt with the terrifying nuclear bombs that were unleashed in the 1940s.
With superb pacing and obvious in-depth research, Heaphey combines espionage and history so deftly that his book reads like a modern spy novel, even though it is a brilliant portrait of the real Cold War era.
The alphabet brigade (CIA, KGB and MI6) and others are fully represented in an eerie tale of nations working with and against each other to try to capitalize on the horror of The Bomb.
With his analysis of the Islamic opinions of the day showing such agreement with attitudes today, the most frightening aspect of Legerdemain is the similarity of the rampant fear and loathing between nations then is that it is recognizable in today’s society as well.
This rare book will appeal immensely to both nonfiction history lovers as well as spy novel fans. Both groups, as well as many others, will read Legerdemain in one sitting and wish for more when they finish.