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4.0 out of 5 stars quality, 29 Feb 2004
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This review is from: The Man Who Never Was: World War II's Boldest Counter-Intelligence Operation (Paperback)
This book tells one of the greatest storys of the second world war. I first saw the film on tv and was amazed by the incredible story believing it to be fictional untill i found out that one of my friends had this book, he explained it was a true story and let me borrow it. The book doesnt lose any off the tension that the film had and i would say it is well worth reading just as much as the film is well worth watching.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A true but almost fanciful, story from WW2., 21 Aug 2011
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Ned Middleton (British professional underwater photo-journalist & author) - See all my reviews
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This is a fantastic tale whereby the body of a young man was used to deceive the German high command of WW2 into believing a forthcoming Allied offensive would be centred in one European country and not the real target. Given the somewhat inappropriate codename of `Operation Mincemeat,' the body of a young man was dressed in the uniform of a major in the Royal Marines and furnished with a complete set of false papers. The minute detail which went into those papers included two used cinema ticket stubs plus a photograph and letters from a fictional girlfriend. Handcuffed to his wrist was a briefcase inside which were copies of a supposed invasion plan. His body was then set adrift so that it would be washed up on the coast of Spain in the certain knowledge that all those papers would be handed over to the German authorities in that country.

Perhaps one might be forgiven for thinking that obtaining a suitable dead body during WW2 would have been relatively easy but not so. The corpse could not be kept in storage for too long before assuming a certain state of unnatural decomposition which would have alerted German doctors that all was not as it seemed. It was also imperative that the body was washed ashore in the right place. After all, it could hardly be parachuted into Berlin!

Eventually, a man of the right size, condition and age to suit the false persona of Major Martin of the Royal Marines was found dead in the streets of London and his body used to completely deceive the Germans. The full account of this amazing tale is retold by the person who was in charge of the deception. This tale is so intriguing that, when first published, the book became a best seller.

It was intended for the identity of the deceased to have remained a secret forever. In 1996 (or thereabouts), however, the true identity of the person whose body was used was revealed by an amateur historian who discovered him to have been a down-and-out who survived by begging on the streets of London. Unfortunately, he also suffered from some form of mental illness and was found dead shortly after having been turned down for military service. The cause of death was recorded as having died from ingesting rat poison. In Spain, however, that same man got a very different death certificate before being buried in a local graveyard.

A truly remarkable, almost fanciful, tale from WW2.

NM
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent, 2 Dec 2010
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Gets my vote for one of the better spy missions of WW II and the story is told very well.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I have seen the film., 8 Jun 2014
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Now read the book. The book as you can imagine is different from the film and it answered a lot of things that the film did not tackle.
It was fully of very interesting facts and this should be read.
It could have been written as faction but given the way it was written I am sure inspired quite a number of authors to ply their trade.
I hope that you got something out of it because I did.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Man Who Never Was, 18 Nov 2013
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A very interesting book, I bought this as I have the film of the same name, and wanted to find out more about it, and what the people concerned went through to carry out this plan. I like books that are true to life and this certainly is. Thank You.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a truly great story, 21 Feb 2013
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Having seen the film many times, it is a story that has always fascinated especially as it is based on fact.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Man That Never Was, 22 Jan 2012
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Having read Agent Zig Zag this was a natural progression to see what went on behind the scenes. This book was brilliant in showing what attention to detail had to be made because if it had gone wrong the consequences in human lives could be disastrous. Brilliant book.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great paperback book, 11 Aug 2009
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Have looked for this book for a long time therefore thrilled to find it on e-bay. Great condition considering age of book. Have had a great time reading it. Many thanks to seller - eleven out of ten.
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