- ISBN/SKU: 9781591143536
- Binding: Paperback
- Era: World War II
- Number of Pages: 220
- Date Available: March 2004
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"A splendid contribution to the nation's hilarity...The funniest (unofficial) record of rugged adventure in the OSS. And Hall has earned his right to his laughter." —The New York Times
"Grade-A entertainment." —Boston Herald
"I haven't laughed so much over a book since No Time for Sergeants." —Daily Oklahoman
"You're Stepping on My Cloak and Dagger is a laugh-a-minute read with dialogue reminiscent of a Marx brothers movie. Roger Hall takes a lighthearted look at the dangerous and often dirty business of espionage. This book is not an academic, comprehensive history of the OSS—and Hall did not intend it to be. Rather, he wants to make the reader laugh while introducing a few historical characters. To that end, he succeeds. You're Stepping on My Cloak and Dagger will appeal to military-intelligence practitioners and enthusiasts alike, as well as unconventional thinkers who, like young lieutenant Roger Hall, sometimes find themselves volunteering just to be different." —Air & Space Power Journal and Chronicles
"You're Stepping on My Cloak and Dagger is an excellent book. Because Hall writes so well, the book reads like a popular spy novel, and the reader sometimes forgets that this is a true account rather than an exciting work of fiction. Hall's sense of humor and irreverence keep the mood light without detracting from the danger and importance of his experiences. Instead, they highlight the humility and unassuming courage with which these unsung heroes fought the war. The only disappointment is the book's length—it is entirely too short, leaving the reader yearning for more." —John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School
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.