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Double Cross: The True Story of the D-Day Spies (original 2012; edition 2012)

by Ben Macintyre

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Title:Double Cross: The True Story of the D-Day Spies
Authors:Ben Macintyre
Info:Crown (2012), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 416 pages
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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 |
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 |
Fascinating characters and story. Well written whether describing complex schemes, eccentric people, or military plans.

P.S. The number of people and webs of deceit were occasionally overwhelming, and therefore I recommend the book (vs. only audio) version, since it also include photos of people. I was very grateful not to be a spy handler after reading this. ( )
  Connie-D | Jan 17, 2016 |
This is an extremely well researched historical story about the preparation for the invasion of Europe through France near the end of World war 2. In order to have the Germans believe that the invasion would take place near Calais rather than Normandy, a very elaborate scheme was set in motion to turn German spies into British spies and feed false information to the enemy command. It was highly successful in part due to the gullibility of the Germans and the competence of the agents to lead a double life. The story centres around five spies in particular who are unique because of their other
Skills at acting, womanizing, spending money and living a duplicitous life. The build up to DDay is tense and suspenseful.
My problem with the story is at many times I lost track of who was who and who was doing what. The post DDay story is a bit of let down as the story ends quite abruptly with a summary of what happened to the main characters. ( )
  MaggieFlo | Aug 25, 2015 |
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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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