- 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 (547 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,203 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
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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 ›
Ben Macintyre's characters positively leap off the page; most of all Chapman himself, plus his English and German handlers, and wonderfully-drawn cameos including the Enigma codebreakers, a rough-sleeping brainiac spymaster, a pair of hilariously world-weary London "minders", an explosive aristocrat, and a celebrity magician. Other assorted gangsters, molls and fellow agents, on every front of the war, seem to have had shared a love of partying hard as conflict raged around them - wartime images of austerity have tended to make us forget that, when they knew that any of them could die at any time, the risk-seekers chose to live life to the colourful max. Looking for a pattern to resolve the contradictions of Chapman's c.v., Macintyre repeatedly points to his phenomenal energy - it makes sense that a man with such an all-consuming love of life would pour this energy into dangerous pursuits.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Much better than I expected. Astonishing and at times moving. For once the old adage bears true...they don't make them like Eddie Chapman anymore...Published 2 months ago by Mr. P. C. Lakin
Brilliant book a follow up to the book about Mrs. Zigzag.Published 2 months ago by Christine Jackson
What a cracking read..what a life ...10/10 ...thank you Ben ..terrificPublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Item poor quality. had an Oxfam £1.99 sticker on book which was sold for triple price! Very dissapointingPublished 2 months ago by Jacqueline Rowe
a very compelling story from an utter rogue to a very brave man a pity his mentors did not treat him better when he finally he was no longer wanted by the establishment I H... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer