- Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks (30 Aug. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1408830620
- ISBN-13: 978-1408830628
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (303 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Double Cross: The True Story of The D-Day Spies Paperback – 30 Aug 2012
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Utterly gripping (Anthony Beevor, Daily Telegraph)
I have seldom enjoyed a spy story more than this one, and fiction will make dreary reading hereafter (Max Hastings, Sunday Times)
Macintyre is a first-class narrative historian ... as pacy as a thriller and better written than most (Sunday Telegraph)
Addictive and deeply moving (Independent)
Enthralling ... A book so gripping that I even found myself reading it in lifts, frequently emitting snorts of incredulity. A reminder that heroism can be found in the most unlikely places (Evening Standard)
This fascinating book finds a vivid and very human path through one of the greatest moments in our history (Daily Mail)
From the Number One bestselling author of Agent Zigzag and Operation Mincemeat, comes a new true story of Second World War deceptionSee all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
It was very saddening not finding out to JJ such a brave man.
I have already recommended this book to a lot of friends and to some who are Volunteers at Bletchley Park as I am, so they can fully understand about these very eccentric people.
Tar Robertson created a bodyguard of liars - the "Double Cross System" coordinated by the Twenty (XX) Committee. They specialised in turning German spies into double agents. Every single German agent in Britain was under his control, enabling huge and co-ordinated lies to be told. The task of Operation Fortitude was to bottle up German troops in the Pas de Calais and keep them there - this ability depended on Robertson's spies.Read more ›
I love the way he brings a specific period so vibrantly to life. We're familiar with the Second World War. Germany invaded Poland, Chamberlain didn't get assurances requested and Britain went to war. It lasted a few years, the Germans, who were bad, lost and Britain, which was good won. Nothing could be further from the truth and as the years have gone by, factual papers have been released, along with requests under the Freedom of Information Act which paint a far more complex and intriguing story.
This book centres on the months before the D Day landings and the extent to which secret service agencies manipulated and managed information, disinformation and downright lies in order to fool Hitler and gain an advantage in the war games. Frankly, I found it astonishing. I knew of agents, but didn't understand how they were handled by both German and British secret services. Hence the 'double cross'. The complexities of who to trust and whether their messages were fact or fiction defies but belief. Even British carrier pigeons, disguised by rings to make them look like German pigeons played a part. I was captivated from start to finish. A spellbinding story, that reads like the best thriller. It's real edge of the seat stuff at times; all down to Ben Macintyre's skill in presenting page after page of hard fact that reads like fiction.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The story of D-Day has been told from the many points of view. From the soldiers who fought in it, the tacticians who planned it and the generals who led it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by SirChutney
Bought as a gift for my brother who enjoyed other Ben Macintyre books, Agent Zigzag and Operation Mincemeat. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jane W
Son no.1 loves the books by this author - they are intriguing, informative and very well written, according to my son "they ensnare you into the story"! Read morePublished 3 months ago by Susan
Fascinating book about the spies in world war 2. It takes you into the dangerous world of espionage and how they affected the outcome of the war.Published 4 months ago by Paul G