- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (2 Aug. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1408811499
- ISBN-13: 978-1408811498
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.5 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (481 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,898 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Agent Zigzag: The True Wartime Story of Eddie Chapman: The Most Notorious Double Agent of World War II Paperback – 2 Aug 2010
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'This is the most amazing book, full of fascinating and hair-raising true life adventures ... it would be impossible to recommend it too highly' Mail on Sunday 'Superb. Meticulously researched, splendidly told, immensely entertaining and often very moving' John le Carre 'It is unlikely that a more engaging study of espionage and deception will be published this year' The Times 'Macintyre tells Chapman's tale in a perfect pitch ... Macintyre never misses a delightful, haunting or terrifying detail ... Buy it for dads everywhere but read it too' Observer
The true wartime story of Eddie Chapman, lover, betrayer, hero and spy. Abridged edition. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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Chapman was captured by the Germans while in prison in Jersey (where he had committed further crimes to add to those he was on the run from on the mainland). He was able to convince his captors that he would make good spy material and before long found himself training at an elite spy school in France run by the German Secret Service, the Abwhehr (who turned out be an surprisingly un-Nazi bunch of aristocrats and eccentrics). The lifestyle at the chateaux was more like an exclusive gentleman's club, but the curriculum included bomb-making and sabotage as well as in-depth morse code and radio operation.
Possibly one of the most interesting aspects of this book is the relationship Chapman developed with his spymaster, Dr Grauman, an anti-Nazi German who ended up becoming a life-long friend of Chapman.
Chapman finds himself on active service for the Germans before being parachuted into England, where he promptly turned himself in to MI5 and was subjected to intense de-briefing and interrogation. Realising his worth, the British decided to use him as a double agent and returned him to Germany (via a remarkable sea-voyage to Lisbon), where the atmosphere had changed, and Chapman had to go through even more intensive interrogation before the Germans believed that he was reliable. Eventually ending up in German-occupied Norway, Eddie gained a huge amount of knowledge of German operations.Read more ›
Chapman's story is so full of adventure and ripe with coincidence that would be unbelievable if it were a novel. The story of how he comes to be an agent for the Germans is in itself worthy of a movie, taking us from a bank robbery in Scotland to prison - and eventual freedom - on the island of Jersey and then incarceration in the worst of Parisian prisons.
Chapman emerges as a kind of James Bond character: a handsome and charming rogue with a penchant for adventure, for gambling, fine food and fast women. He is a fascinating mass of contradictions: utterly loyal to his friends even as he betrays them, a hopeless criminal who develops into a resourceful spy.
Ben MacIntyre has amassed a vast amount of detail about not only Chapman, but his associates in both the German and English secret services. There is lots of interesting information about how those secret services functioned and what they achieved during the war. I was particularly riveted by the details about his training in spy techniques by the Nazis.
The audio book is made up of 5 CDs and plays for about 6 hours. It is beautifully read and very clearly enunciated. While it is an abridged version of the book, it has been very skillfully adapted and (having also read the book) I can tell you that they've done an excellent job of maintaining all the key points.Read more ›
A gripping account of England's most famous double agent.
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This book is brilliant a real page turner from beginning to end didn't want it to end, what a character Eddie Chapman was, and what a remarkable life he had, if you want a good... Read morePublished 22 hours ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent. Not 5* only becauise there is a little too much confusing detail and some unnecessary recaps.Published 8 days ago by TeeandCee
Another excellent book of Ben Macintyre looking at the British intelligence services during the second world war. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Tim
A particularly interesting and unique true story about a man who initially took the wrong path in his youth but later excelled with his important work assisting British... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Geoff Sellwood