Friday, 11 September 2009

Simple Sabotage Field Manual

Official Blurb

Formed during World War II, the United States Office of Strategic Services (OSS), was organized for special operations and intelligence gathering and analysis. Included in its mission was the implementation of, and training of foreign forces in, propaganda, espionage, subversion, and sabotage. After the war, OSS functions were transferred to the newly formed Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

This “Simple Sabotage Field Manual” was used by OSS agents in training “citizen-saboteurs” in methods for inciting and executing simple sabotage to thwart industry and other vital functions in Axis-occupied areas.

My Review

As the blurb says this is a manual, not a story. It's an interesting choice for a reader at Librivox to have picked. There's no fun or excitement in here its raw data!

I have quite a vibrant interesting in WWII, I play boardgames based on WWII, and even have a podcast with a WWII theme, so this Librivox offering couldn't fail to appeal to me.

The book is presented in two halves with the latter half containing most of the juicey Sabotage instructions. While listening to the fairly dry material my imagination went wild and I was envisioning French, Belgium and Polish civilians reading and following the instructions. It was a real delight to me.

What about you though? this is a specialist book, if you don't have the same level of interest as me in this material I suggest you pass this by, theres no story here except what you conjure in your mind. Thus despite loving this book, I cant really give it a high rating, as that wouldn't be fair on normal peole like you!

Reading 2/3
Production 2/3
Story 1/3

Total Score 5/9

Download it from Librivox

Listen to the first chapter