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Agent Zigzag. A True Story of Nazi Espionage, Love, and Betrayal (2007)

by Ben Macintyre

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yet to finish the book..little drag... holding it for time being
  _RSK | Jan 26, 2016 |
Wow! I didn't realize how much I liked this book until it comes full circle in the end. What an amazing and crazy life! Well written and just truly amazing. ( )
  Jen.ODriscoll.Lemon | Jan 23, 2016 |
Wow! I didn't realize how much I liked this book until it comes full circle in the end. What an amazing and crazy life! Well written and just truly amazing. ( )
  Jen.ODriscoll.Lemon | Jan 23, 2016 |
Well written real spy story of Eddie Chapman, who was both on the the British and German payroll. ( )
  addunn3 | Dec 20, 2015 |
An extraordinary life, obfuscated by by the Official Secrets Act after WWII by the OSS (proto-MI5), Chapman spent his whole life trying to tell the truth. But being a debonair, mercurial gentleman of crime twisted his claims into Tall Tales.

MacIntyre's timely obsession (after Chapman died, and MI5 began releasing documents) pays off; his narrative thread is brilliantly addictive, fun, and copiously cited. And his understanding of Chapman's complex nature leaves it up to the reader to decide whether Chapman was a war hero, opportunist, thug, or all of the above.

A hugely satisfying biography that reads like a LeCarre novel. ( )
  VladVerano | Oct 20, 2015 |
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Mr. Macintyre, a writer at large for The Times of London, paints a detailed picture, supported by newly opened MI5 files on espionage training in the Third Reich and Britain’s desperate scramble to throw the enemy off course through a campaign of disinformation.
 
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Zigzag. n, adj, and vb. '... a pattern made up of many small corners at an acute angle, tracing a path between two parallel lines; it can be described as both jagged and fairly regular'.
'It is essential to seek out enemy agents who have come to conduct espionage against you and to bribe them to serve you. Give them instructions and care for them. Thus double agents are recruited and used.'

Sun Tzu, The Art of War
'War makes thieves and peace hangs them.'

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A German spy drops from a black Focke-Wulf reconnaissance plane over Cambridgeshire.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0307353419, Paperback)

“Ben Macintyre’s rollicking, spellbinding Agent Zigzag blends the spy-versus-
spy machinations of John le Carré with the high farce of Evelyn Waugh.”
—William Grimes, The New York Times

A New York Times Notable Book of the Year
A Washington Post Best Book of 2007
One of the Top 10 Best Books of 2007 (Entertainment Weekly)
New York Times Best of the Year Round-Up
New York Times Editors’ Choice

Eddie Chapman was a charming criminal, a con man, and a philanderer. He was also one of the most remarkable double agents Britain has ever produced. Inside the traitor was a man of loyalty; inside the villain was a hero. The problem for Chapman, his spymasters, and his lovers was to know where one persona ended and the other began. Based on recently declassified files, Agent Zigzag tells Chapman’s full story for the first time. It’s a gripping tale of loyalty, love, treachery, espionage, and the thin and shifting line between fidelity and betrayal.

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Eddie Chapman was a charming criminal, a con man, and a philanderer. He was also one of the most remarkable double agents Britain has ever produced. In 1941, after training as a German spy in occupied France, Chapman was parachuted into Britain with orders to blow up an airplane factory. Instead, he contacted MI5, the British Secret Service. For the next four years, he worked as a double agent, a British spy at the heart of the German Secret Service. Crisscrossing Europe under different names, 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. MI5 has now declassified all of Chapman's files, allowing the full story to be told, a unique glimpse into the psychology of espionage, with its thin and shifting line between fidelity and betrayal.--From publisher description.… (more)

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