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Double Cross by Ben Macintyre

Double Cross (original 2012; edition 2012)

by Ben Macintyre

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Title:Double Cross
Authors:Ben Macintyre
Info:Bloomsbury UK (2012), Hardcover, 416 pages
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Double Cross: The True Story of the D-Day Spies by Ben Macintyre (2012)



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An unlikely gaggle of opportunists, turn double agent, participate in the an elaborate scheme to disguise the D Day landings. Well paid by the Germans and disdained by their "Oh So British" elitist handlers in MI 5 & 6; they sustain to the end and are quite successful. Well researched and told, this story demonstrates how some few people can play an important role in history. The spies for all their venality did a good job of obfuscation to the wonderment of their "toffee-nosed" British handlers. ( )
  jamespurcell | Feb 27, 2017 |
The author describes in detail five double agents that fooled the Germans during WWII as to where the D-day assault would strike. A bit repetitive but a good read. ( )
  addunn3 | Dec 8, 2016 |
A truly great truth-stanger-than-fiction spy thriller. Like a Tolstoy novel with multi syllabic names and nicknames, it takes a while to get used to all the multi-syllabic names and aliases. Fascinating account of a very few spies who supported the D-day invasion and beyond, while sometimes getting showered with high pay and medals, from both sides. ( )
  Sandydog1 | Nov 23, 2016 |
During WWII Germany sent a number of spies into Britain. Most were captured and several were turned into double-agents. At one point it was determined that “every single German agent in Britain” was under British control. With this revelation it was determined that an effort could be made to feed the Germans a massive coordinated war-altering lie.

The double agents became part of a great campaign of deception to mask the true date and location of the D-day invasion and avoid “a massacre of allied troops.”

Ben Macintyre tells the story with verve and in stunning detail. The agents and their handlers come alive in this true feat of non-fiction storytelling. ( )
  Hagelstein | May 8, 2016 |
Agent Zigzag, by this same author, is one of my favorite WWII nonfiction books. This one had some interesting parts, but overall, it was not as engaging and lacked the same flow of Agent Zigzag. I loved that MI5 had a secret falconer and falcons to intercept Abwer pigeons until the falcons all went AWOL! ( )
  Jen.ODriscoll.Lemon | Jan 22, 2016 |
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Tangle within tangle, plot and counter-plot, ruse and treachery, cross and double-cross, true agent, false agent, double agent, gold and steel, the bomb, the dagger and the firing party, were interwoven in many a texture so intricate as to be incredible and yet true. - Winston Churchill
The enemy must not know where I intend to give battle. For if he does not know where I intend to give battle he must prepare in a great many places. And when he prepares in a great many places, those I have to fight in any one place will be few. And when he prepares everywhere he will be weak everywhere. - Sun Tzu
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(Preface) In the summer of 1943, a genteel and soft-spoken intelligence officer wearing tartan trousers and smoking a pipe put the finishing touches to a secret weapon he had been working on for more than three years.
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Recounts the story of the six double agents--Bronx, Brutus, Treasure, Tricycle and Garbo--who would weave a web of deception so intricate that it ensnared Hitler's army and helped to carry thousands of troops across the Channel in safety on 6 June 1944, D-Day.… (more)

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