- By Thomas E. RicksThomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I suspect so. I just noticed this in John Buchan’s World War I-era novel, The Thirty-Nine Steps:
Away behind all the governments and the armies there was a big subterranean movement going on, engineered by very dangerous people. He had come on it by accident; it fascinated him; he went further, and then he got caught. … He told me some queer things that explained a lot that had puzzled me.
For what it’s worth, the Hitchcock movie is unfaithful to the book and I think much better for it.
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