Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. London Times associate editor Macintyre (The : Agent Zigzag: A True Story of Nazi Espionage, Love, and Betrayal eBook: Ben Macintyre: Kindle Store. NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF A SPY AMONG FRIENDS A New York Times Notable Book of the Year A Washington Post Best Book of . Ben Macintyre’s Agent Zigzag is a superb account of a Second World War philanderer and spy, says Jonathan Bouquet.
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Chapman was recruited and trained by the Nazis to work for them.
Chapman claimed to have met Pleasants while he was imprisoned in Jersey. I liked him immensely. This was such a fascinating read. So there is a need for the bn to corroborate the cleaims of meeting both Churchill and Hitler. As predicted, he mixed with blackmailers and thieves and got into trouble with the police for various crimes, including smuggling gold across the Mediterranean in What the Germans don’t know is that he is also working for MI5.
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A few years later, when they were due to be published in the News of the Worldthe whole issue was pulped. He has the rare ability to turn the results of his exhaustive, stunningly complete research into a book that reads like a top shelf novel but drips with authenticity at every turn.
He neither smoked nor drank, and lived in a world of High Tables and elevated scholarship, exclusively inhabited by wealthy, privileged, intelligent English men. The Eddie Chapman Story”. But it will while away the hours. Apr 04, Jack Cheng added it. For anyone interested in the Second World War, spying, romance, skullduggery or the hidden chambers of the human mind, it would be impossible to recommend it too highly.
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Sep 04, Pages. He soon becomes a highly prized, and decorated, Nazi agent. Stay in Touch Sign up. In the end, Operation Nightcap was envisioned. Macintyre brings it all together so well that I never got lost among all the twists and turns and all the people who come and go.
It was good and the This agent was masterful at being himself.
Agent Zigzag: A True Story of Nazi Espionage, Love, and Betrayal by Ben Macintyre
Most accommodate, some collaborate, and a very few find an internal compass they never knew they had, pointing to the right path.
And with the protagonist a convicted felon, every trick has a few extra layers.
Chapman and his wife later set up a health farm Shenley Lodge, ShenleyHerts and owned a castle in Ireland. The Germans did not notice the ship was not damaged on the voyage home,   but to avoid the Germans’ doubting Chapman’s commitment, the British staged a conspicuous investigation of the ship when it returned to Britain, ensuring gossip would make its way back to the Germans.
Long story short, he fakes an explosion at the aircraft factory complete with photographs of false damagecollects paychecks from two intelligence services, returns to Germany, then to England, and somehow survives the whole ordeal. Retrieved from ” https: The energetic adventurer from a lower stratum of British society was being run by Oxbridge gentlemen and by aristocrats of Deutschland at the same time.
He can smell the money and the fame. This book is quite entertaining and satisfying, and at the end you will have learned things about the covert side of WWII that you would never have known otherwise.
Agent Zigzag: A True Story of Nazi Espionage, Love, and Betrayal
A gripping story of loyalty, love, and treachery, Agent Zigzag offers a unique glimpse into the psychology of espionage, with its thin and shifting line between fidelity and betrayal. If Eddie welched on any part of it Faramus would be stood up in front of a firing squad.
This bfn the second of his books that I’ve read, and I have pretty much every other one on my to read list. For the rest of the war he worked for Britain, traveling across Europe spreading disinformation while never losing track of which lies he told.
Quotes from Agent Zigzag: Meticulously researched, splendidly told, immensely entertaining and often very moving. Who was “Agent Macintyfe Crisscrossing Europe under different names, all the while weaving plans, spreading disinformation, and, miraculously, keeping his stories straight under intense interrogation, he even managed to gain some profit and seduce beautiful women along the way.
AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. It was good and the intrigue! Chapman does what he does best and makes friends with the Germans. Please try again later. He liked to keep things loose and another shoutout to Archer couldn’t necessarily be relied upon to keep his mouth shut when it came to being a secret agent, especially when ladies were involved.