'Operation Camelback' Declassified, File Shows How U.S Helped Change Face of Islamic World in North Africa

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Recently declassified operations of U.S. covert action in Islamic world brought to light in well reviewed book.

Legerdemain

Author James Heaphey is a fascinating guy; in his book Legerdemain, he introduced us to some modern history concerning the deployment of 'The Bomb' in Morocco in the early 1950's. His revelations have caused the rewriting of many history books.

Palisades, NY -(PRWEB) February 12, 2008 -- After fifty years of planned obscurity the U.S. Government reached into the archival depths, and declassified and released the file on "Operation Camelback," a covert operation launched by the United States that changed the face of the Islamic world in North Africa. The file is a close look at how things work in the real world of international relations and sheds a sometimes blinding light on those involved in intelligence operations.

James J. Heaphey, an undercover operative assigned to carry-off "Operation Camelback," thought it would make an interesting story, one that should be told. So he told it in Legerdemain: The President's Secret Plan, The Bomb and What The French Never Knew." He was a United States Air Force intelligence officer from 1951-1954 and is Professor Emeritus at the Graduate School of Public Affairs of the State University of New York and has directed political development programs in South and Central America, the Middle East and Asia. He has also lectured extensively on the politics of developing countries for American military officers stationed in Europe and the Far East.

Heaphey's book came out on January 15, 2008 and two reviewers responded immediately. From the traditional media, Paul Vogel of Midwest Book Review wrote "Legerdemain shines a light on intrigue more complicated than the most intricate spy fiction, as supported by recently declassified files. (It is) an utterly fascinating glimpse into historical power-wrangling and high-stakes diplomacy."

Book critic Simon Barrett of Bloggernewsnetwork wrote, "If you read only one book in 2008, it should be Legerdemain."

Impressed by Heaphey's book, Barrett sought him out for an interview and wrote "Author James Heaphey is a fascinating guy; in his book Legerdemain, he introduced us to some modern history concerning the deployment of 'The Bomb' in Morocco in the early 1950's. His revelations have caused the rewriting of many history books."

Legerdemain: The President's Secret Plan, The Bomb and What The French Never Knew,published Jan. 15, 2008 by History Publishing Company, is available in hardcover(9781933909356) and paperback(9781933909363) and is in bookstores nationally and online.

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