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- Print Length: 75 pages
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B008BWKQ4Y
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"Double-Edged Sword" is the story of Spaniard Juan Pujol Garcia, who ran a sham espionage network with the code name "Garbo." For more than three years, double agent Pujol and his network of phony subagents fed false information to the German Abwehr, culminating in a massive deception about the D-Day invasion. It's an absorbing story that the author chose to narrate as "creative nonfiction," where he used meticulously researched facts, filling in the blanks with actions and dialogues that could be reasonably surmised. As such, the story reads much like a novel.
Pujol's motivation was his hatred of fascism. After seeing the fascist regime of Francisco Franco emerge after the Spanish Civil War, he was repulsed at the thought of Europe being dominated by fascist Germany. Offering his services to Great Britain, he was repeatedly rebuffed and dismissed, but eventually he was accepted and proceeded to begin operations. To his Abwehr handlers, he was agent "Arabel." For the next three years, he posted or radioed a staggering amount of misleading information to the Germans.
The story is full of remarkable tidbits of history. Most amazingly, although the Germans thought he was operating from London, for the first few months of operation, he was actually in Lisbon, Portugal. Eventually, the British brought him to London, and the Abwehr never caught on to the deception. Another interesting piece of the story was the role of Pujol's wife Araceli, who with enthusiastic complicity, prodded him to approach the British with his double agent scheme.
Kudos to author Steve Anderson for another superb treatment of a little-known operation of World War II.
Juan Pujol Garcia hated fascism and approached the Allies to do his part. He ended up fabricating a deception, with no government sponsor, to show his value to the Brits who were skeptical of his usefulness. Juan Pujol Garcia wouldn't take "no" for an answer and ended up putting together an intriguing fantasy network of spies that baited his German handlers like ants to honey.
I highly recommend "Double-Edged Sword." Mr. Anderson has done a great job researching Juan Pujol Garcia and packed a lot of details into this fascinating Kindle Single story. I'm really becoming a fan of Kindle Singles. Sometimes I don't want to read 500 pages on a subject and this format has been a great opportunity for me to try new genres (in a 100 pages or less).