In SMART QUESTIONS : PEOPLE SKILLS FOR WINNING THE GAMES OF CAREER SUCCESS (& OFFICE POLITICS!) I cite examples of the subtle games that are underway from my own experience, from what others have told me, and even from some pereceptive authors of mysteries, technothrillers, and other fiction. When Robert Parker's Spenser encounters a bad guy (or a pushy detective, for that matter) we can learn from how he handles it.
I've read most of Philip Kerr's Bernie Gunther series. (At the start, the fictional Gunther is a Berlin police detective who, over what's now close to adozen books, moves with history through the onset of the Hitler crowd, the war, and then time in South America and Cuba in the 1950s.)
That's by way of background, the point being that I tried another of Kerr's books, HITLER'S PEACE, also set in war-time, but here focused not on Gunther but rather on the military and civilian bureacrats in both the German and British structures. Link to Hitler's Peace at Amazon
We think of the battles of World War II as happening among the soldiers and guns.
But we're usually oblivious to the simultaneous wars going on within the bureaucracies of the