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Agent Zigzag: The True Wartime Story of Eddie Chapman: Lover, Betrayer, Hero, Spy Audio CD – Abridged, Audiobook, CD
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"Eddie Chapman was a double agent who spied for both the Germans and the British during the second world war. Journalist Macintyre accessed recently opened MI5 files to put together this you- couldn't-make-it-up story of treachery, courage and womanising .Listening to British actor Anthony Head enthusiastically describe the spy and former conman's daring double-crossing escapades should inspire every armchair adventurer." (Melissa McClements FINANCIAL TIMES)
"It's an incredible story, brilliantly reconstructed by Macintyre from letters, papers and MI5 files. What a character, what a life, what a book - five stars all round." (Sue Arnold THE GUARDIAN)
"Anthony Head's reading captures all the facets of the incredible character whose story he relates. It's all true - and genuinely gripping." (Kati Nicholl DAILY EXPRESS)
The true story of Edward Chapman, a womanising cirminal who became a double agent during WWII and who led many lives. His story is now brought together in a fantastic tale of espionage. (THE GUARDIAN 40 BEST AUDIOBOOKS)
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Chapman's story has been written and re-written several times, probably from the 1950's onwards, and by many different authors. This is probably the most recent telling of that story and is more complete than many others as it was based upon official documents that were only released in the first years of the Millennium.
Chapman was a known criminal in the between-war years, a safe-cracker and thief whose name was constantly in the newspapers and associated with crimes that he may or may not have committed. Escaping from Britain to avoid prosecution and eventually arriving in Germany, he was trained as a spy and saboteur and was returned to Britain, where he admitted his intended purpose to authorities and was persuaded to become a double-agent working against the Germans.
Britain had 'turned' many others in broadly similar circumstances who, when presented with the choice of almost immediate execution or working against their intended masters, several chose the latter although not all were deemed suitable. Chapman's talents at opening safes would be of great value to the Allies.
This book is that story in detail. Woven into the author's interpretation are elements of many other true WW2 events, names of known personalities and their exploits that are more fully explored elsewhere and by other writers. The author has also written 'Operation Mincemeat', the story of the 'Man Who Never Was' about which a movie of the same name was released in the 50s or 60s.
Ben Macintyre, a brilliant writer and historian; if you see his name on a book:- BUY IT!
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