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Agent ZigZag: a True Story of Nazi Espionage, Love, and Betrayal (2007)

de Ben Nacuntyre

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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.… (mais)
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Agent Zigzag. A True Story of Nazi Espionage, Love, and Betrayal de Ben Macintyre (2007)

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Lost interest part way through, as I didn’t like the main Zigzag character, and the huge effort that went into his training and ‘work’. It’s not as good as Macintyre’s other WW2 books. ( )
  jandm | Dec 29, 2020 |
As others have said, gripping story and fun to read despite less than perfect writing.

The only book I've read that uses the word bolshy - I only ever heard this as a rebuke to me from my mum. Odd too to find 'spooks' used.

I'd read more of his books though...
  nick4998 | Oct 31, 2020 |
Quite the story; and just a crazy character. Quite delightful. And the surrounding stuff about espionage during WWII. ( )
  tmph | Sep 13, 2020 |
What an interesting story!

Eddie Chapman was a criminal, having blown up safes as much for fun and excitement as for the money. While he was in prison on the island of Jersey, a self-governing territory of the British Crown (one of the Channel Islands, close to Normandy) in 1940, the island was occupied by the Germans. Ever out for himself, Chapman saw an advantage in appealing to the Germans. He offered to spy for them. In time his offer was accepted, as he was just the sort of person the Germans were looking for, to enter England and perform acts of sabotage.

When he was finally sent to England after extensive training in France, Eddie immediately made himself known to the British, offering to become a double agent.

Because of his wily ways and tendencies to enjoy himself too much, he was not immediately trusted, and even over the years there have been those who suspected he always worked for his own advantage, not for a particular country. However, what he accomplished for the British was undeniable and remarkable.

His life was full of daring, dangerous feats and certain courage.

The story is so well documented that it reads like fiction, even fiction that seems impossible. The state of the spy game both in England and in Germany was in its infancy and it shows in the fumbling. The Germans in particular made gross mistakes in their spy management, a factor in their defeat.

I was engrossed by the details and the characters. It occurred to me that those who were belligerently pro-Nazi were not particularly introspective or thoughtful people. Not everyone in the German military was, in fact, antiSemitic or pro-Hitler (not that they could share this view). We might remember that Hitler came into office with a minority of the vote. This tale reveals the character of some of the German military leaders, especially including spymaster Stephan von Groning, whose own fortunes were tied up in his protege's.

Because of the extensive documentation, the story tells us much about the two governments and the birth of a vast network of spies that has since grown into adulthood. It also reveals how the thrill-seeking character of Eddie Chapman, combined with his questionable ethics, would become exactly what the spymasters were looking for. ( )
  slojudy | Sep 8, 2020 |
An astonishing true story about Eddie Chapman, a world war II double agent. Whilst in Jersey, ended up robbing a person called Frank Le Quesne, possibly a relative of my wife, but we're not sure. ( )
  PDCRead | Apr 6, 2020 |
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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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'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.'

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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.

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