- 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 (297 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,331 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
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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 ›
The core of Fortitude was the Double Cross system, where enemy spies were `turned' and became double agents acting for Britain. This is the subject of Ben Macintyre's book. It was a system developed by an eccentric, but brilliant, MI5 officer, `Tar' Robinson. By mid 1943, he realized that every German agent in Britain was actually being controlled by MI5 and so he could start feeding misinformation to the German handlers of the turned spies. In practice, the nucleus of Double Cross was just five agents.Read more ›
No doubting that the five double agents (who never met) portrayed here were brave, audacious people; no doubting, either, that the Intelligence staff who manipulated them were bold and imaginative. The games they played almost certainly helped win the war, saving many lives. Equally, they gambled dangerously for the highest stakes.
While Double Cross takes the reader through the various separate stories, the fact that some of this is reworking of previously known material gives the book something of a second-hand feel. Like another reviewer, I wondered how much invention had gone into a long and detailed account of the meeting at which Tar Robertson sacked one of his agents.
Recommended for newcomers to the story but only with reservations for those with previously high opinions of the author.
There are some very interesting titbits such as how each Agent was given their code name, and why. I suspect that this book will
appeal to a wide cross-section of the Public and whether you are a serious Historian or someone with just an interest in WWII stories, you cannot fail to be both entertained and enlightened.
Buy it and enjoy, you won't regret it.Double Cross
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Bought as a gift for my brother who enjoyed other Ben Macintyre books, Agent Zigzag and Operation Mincemeat. Read morePublished 3 hours 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 11 days 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 1 month ago by Paul G
This book was a fascinating tale of bravery, daring and commitment to the allied cause. It is very well written.Published 2 months ago by Ayrshire Davie
Marvellous story, very well told, knitting all the diverse strands together, culminating in a successful D-Day landing. If it were fiction you would be hard pressed to believe it. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Tom Kernan