I tend not to gravitate toward biographies and prefer broader stories that focus more on an event than on an individual. However, this book is making me rethink my attitude. It was simply a wonderful read. Maybe it was the actual subject, but the author wove a brilliant story bringing the character to life. Again, maybe Pujol's circumstances are just that interesting, but his path toward becoming a masterful spy are intriguing and the author really did the material justice. Its not dry in any way (as some biographies I've read), but exhaustively researched and written with entertaining prose that engages the reader and jumps along. I actually had a hard time putting the book down, fairly unusual for me on a book of history.
For those unaware (as I was), Pujol was just an average guy who was so compelled by his hatred of Nazi Germany that he taught himself spy-craft and found a way to become a double agent. A Spaniard by birth, he managed to convince the Germans, the group he despised, he was on their side, then managed to ingratiate himself to the British and leverage his Germany relationship to dramatically influence the outcome of WWII. The means by which Pujol pulled all of this off is simply astounding, and the author does a great job of making the reader imagine how Pujol must have felt as he got deeper and deeper, and by extension, in a progressively more precarious position. Further, the story is so interesting one could readily see how this book would lend itself to a Hollywood blockbuster. Very highly recommended!