Agent Zigzag: The True Wartime Story of Eddie Chapman: The Most Notorious Double Agent of World War II Paperback – 1 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 the Audio CD edition.See all Product description
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Source material is annotated and accessible and there's a veracity to the content which makes the story an exciting and relevant read. This book links well with others by the author, who writes with authority about espionage and duplicity in WWII. Chapman was a no mark crook who d beloved a taste for the high life. There's a strange naivety about the way in which disaffected individuals were 'turned'. Macintyre explores the way in which Chapman reached a position where he was content to maybe betray his country. But he also explores other possibility and the reader is left to judge the truth. Informed, intelligent, compelling and written with verve and a real sense of adventure.
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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Would make an excellent movie.
Astonishing that he got away with it and survived.
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