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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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  • 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 (554 customer reviews)
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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

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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.

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An excellent addition to the history of the double cross system in the Second World War. Macintyre brings to life Eddie Chapman, warts and all, in this detailed study of one of the key spies of the war. The reader is left to draw their own conclusion on the morality of Chapman and his justifications for his actions - Chapman is shown to be a chancer, willing to do almost anything to secure his freedom, and it is clear he is conflicted by his own actions too. There was certainly admiration for the Nazi regime, though perhaps driven more by his relationships with those who were master and trainer. However, as with many during wartime, the war brought out a unique set of Chapman, with an innate patriotism coming to the fore, despite his personal feelings to those he had become friends with, an extremely high degree of courage to return to the Germans after his first stint in Britain, that was perhaps never reflected in his peacetime "career".

Despite an uncertainty about his motives, it is hard not to agree with the author's implying that Chapman was hard done by By British intelligence at the end of the war, both in the way he was treated by his case officer and the lack of real recognition - even if his criminal record was cleared unofficially, whilst recognising that the secret needed to be kept long after the war ended.

An entertaining and accessible book that would be of interest to scholar and amateur alike.
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Well researched compelling true story of an enigmatic successful U.K. criminal in the years leading to WW2 to become the brilliant double spy for both England and Germany heroically risking his life several times in his endeavour to secure victory for the allies.
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Interesting insight into the world of the double agent; a different take on the war. A spy with a big personality, Chapman's story is bizarre.
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This is the fascinating story of Eddie Chapman (aka Agent Zigzag) who lived a life of crime and intrigue as a master criminal and German and allied spy during WW2. The plot is full of detail but yet the story is fast paced and keeps you hooked until the very end. A great read.
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Very worthwhile read: gripped me from start to finish.
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An amazing story!
Would make an excellent movie.
Astonishing that he got away with it and survived.
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Good read.
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Mr. Macintyre has wonderful talent in being able to turn a history book into a rollocking good thriller. A great read and just like a good spy fiction novel i was unable to put the book (kindle) down. Well done Sir! I will certainly be seeking for more of your amazing history novels!
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