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1. 46. The ‘American style’ idea was articulated by R&A veteran Professor Elspeth Davies Rostow at the 1991 OSS conference in Washington, cited in MacPherson, ‘Conference Report’, p. 515. 1 The British Intelligence Community: Setting the Tone for OSS Many OSS members believed unquestioningly in Britain’s intelligence preeminence, and this article of faith has long permeated OSS historiography. 1 Their British counterparts no doubt encouraged such a myth; but while British experience indeed proved critical for the development of modern American intelligence, its worth was all the more impressive given the British services’ eccentric antecedents, their impoverishment, their uneven record, and their often hard-pressed operational fortunes.

Yardley, The American Black Chamber (Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1931). Cole, Roosevelt and the Isolationists, 1932–45 (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1983), pp. 8–9, 163–222. ) Establishing the Anglo-American Alliance: The Second World War Diaries of Brigadier Vivian Dykes (London: Brassey’s, 1990). Richelson and Desmond Ball, The Ties That Bind: Intelligence Cooperation between the UKUSA Countries (Boston: Allen and Unwin, 1985); cf. Smith, The Ultra-Magic Deals and the Most Secret Special Relationship, 1940–1946 (Novato: Presidio, 1993).

23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. America in Britain’s Place, 1900–1975 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1984), pp. 90–5. See Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones, American Espionage: From Secret Service to CIA (New York: The Free Press, 1977); David Kahn, The Codebreakers: The Story of Secret Writing (New York: Macmillan, 1967); Ronald Clark, The Man Who Broke ‘Purple’: The Life and Times of the World’s Greatest Cryptologist, Colonel William Friedman (London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1977); Ronald Lewin, The Other Ultra (London: Hutchinson, 1982); Thomas Parrish, The Ultra Americans: The US Role in Breaking the Nazi Codes (New York: Stein and Day, 1986).

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