Start reading The Secret Agent: In Search of America's Greatest World W... on your Kindle in under a minute. Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here or start reading now with a free Kindle Reading App.

Deliver to your Kindle or other device


Try it free

Sample the beginning of this book for free

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Anybody can read Kindle books—even without a Kindle device—with the FREE Kindle app for smartphones, tablets and computers.
The Secret Agent: In Search of America's Greatest World War II Spy (Kindle Single)

The Secret Agent: In Search of America's Greatest World War II Spy (Kindle Single) [Kindle Edition]

Stephan Talty
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

Kindle Price: £1.97 includes VAT* & free wireless delivery via Amazon Whispernet
* Unlike print books, digital books are subject to VAT.


Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition £1.97  
Audio Download, Unabridged £1.92
Kindle Singles
Explore more in Kindle Singles
Are you interested in discovering more Kindle Singles? If so, you may wish to check out the Kindle Singles Store. Kindle Singles offer a vast spectrum of reporting, essays, memoirs and short stories from some of the biggest names in contemporary writing.

Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought

Product Description

Product Description

Eric Erickson was the most important American spy of World War II. He also had a secret to keep.

In 1942, the Brooklyn-born Erickson was a millionaire oil mogul who volunteered for a dangerous mission inside the Third Reich: locating the top-secret synthetic oil plants that kept the German war machine running. To fool the Nazis, Erickson played the role of a collaborator. He hung a portrait of Hitler in his apartment and “disowned” his Jewish best friend, then flew to Berlin, where he charmed Himmler and signed lucrative oil deals with the architects of the Final Solution. All the while, he was visiting the oil refineries and passing their coordinates to Allied Bomber Command, who destroyed the plants in a series of B-17 raids, helping to end the war early.

After the war, Erickson's was revealed as a secret agent and received the Medal of Freedom for his bravery. William Holden even played him in a hit Hollywood movie. For a brief moment in the early '60s, Erickson was the most famous spy in the world. His secret? He hadn't played a Nazi collaborator. He'd actually been one - a war profiteer who'd made millions of trading with Hitler before having a change of heart. Black-listed by the Allies and disowned by his family, Erickson had volunteered for the spy mission in order to redeem himself, and ended up saving thousands of Allied lives.

Based on newly-discovered archives in Sweden, The Secret Agent is a riveting piece of narrative nonfiction that tells the true story of Erickson's remarkable life for the first time.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Stephan Talty is the author of five acclaimed non-fiction books, including Agent Garbo: The Brilliant, Eccentric Spy Who Tricked Hitler and Saved D-Day. He's written for the New York Times Magazine, GQ, Men's Journal and many other publications.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 226 KB
  • Print Length: 66 pages
  • Publisher: Amazon Digital Services, Inc. (20 Aug 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EOER0G0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #26,417 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
  •  Would you like to give feedback on images?

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, and more.

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customer Reviews

3 star
2 star
1 star
4.4 out of 5 stars
4.4 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating Tale 17 Feb 2014
By Doktor Futtocks VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I'd never heard of Eric Erickson, but I'm glad I impulse-bought this book. A fascinating tale of a brave man.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
4.0 out of 5 stars A good and eye opening story 3 Feb 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
For a man to let people hate him for apparently changing his allegiance must have been a great drain on him.He was a very brave man to keep informing the allies knowing that he was in very grave danger all the time. I know there were other spys who also lived in danger all the time, but to lose the friendship and contact of his brother must have been devastating.
A very good read.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
5.0 out of 5 stars What an excellent story 25 Dec 2013
By P
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Had not heard of this one before and was intrigued. it was very interesting and I am glad I came across it. If you are interested in the stories of unsung heroes then you should read this.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 4 Nov 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Well written and interesting, a good quick read. Would recommend to anyone interested in wartime adventures that happen to be true tales.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
4.0 out of 5 stars A great story 15 Oct 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
What a pity more is not known about this complex man. I wanted more. A story every one should read.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Would you like to see more reviews about this item?
Were these reviews helpful?   Let us know
Search Customer Reviews
Only search this product's reviews

Customer Discussions

This product's forum
Discussion Replies Latest Post
No discussions yet

Ask questions, Share opinions, Gain insight
Start a new discussion
First post:
Prompts for sign-in

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions

Look for similar items by category