Books: Looking-Glass War

BODYGUARD OF LIES by ANTHONY CAVE BROWN 947 pages. Harper & Row. $15.95.

This history of World War II shell-and-pea games might have been merely an oversized gathering of spy stories. But there is far more seething below the surface of espionage and counterintelligence. According to British Journalist Anthony Cave Brown, the conflict was a looking-glass war whose cruel and brilliant espionage far outran the fabrications of le Carré and Eric Ambler.

The story of master spies and code cracking was first unraveled last year in Frederick Winterbotham's The Ultra Secret. But Brown has newer...