Sylvanus G. Morley (1883-1948) has been highly regarded for over a century for his archaeological work among the Maya pyramids. As director of the Carnegie Archaeological Program, he supervised the reconstruction of Chichen Itza, one of today's most visited sites in Central America.
Harris and Sadler present information showing Morley used his archaeological skills and contacts to covertly spy for the U. S. Office of Naval Intelligence during World War I. His primary charge was to detect and report German activity along the more than 1200 miles of eastern Central American and Mexican coastlines. To aid him in this special "fieldwork," Morley recruited other archaeologists, assigned them specific territories in which to work, and, together, they maintained a constant vigil.
Charles H. Harris III and Louis R. Sadler are emeritus history professors at New Mexico State University, Las Cruces. They also collaborated on The Texas Rangers and the Mexican Revolution: The Bloodiest Decade, 1910-1920 and The Secret War in El Paso: Mexican Revolutionary Intrigue, 1906-1920, both published by UNM Press. The Texas Rangers and the Mexican Revolution won the Western Writers of America Spur Award for Best Contemporary Historical Nonfiction and the T. R. Fehrenbach Award from the Texas Historical Commission.