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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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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. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. This was the fascinating true story of a criminal turned German spy turned British spy. And he offers a plausible plan to kill Hitler, every alternate historian’s trump card.

Would you like to tell us about a lower price? Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Eventually accepted, he was then parachuted into England, where he promptly landed flat on his face and then swiftly handed himself over to the police and volunteered to become a secret agent.

This is a splendid biography of Eddie Chapman, who went from small-time criminal to double-agent for the British during World War II while never fully abandoning his anti-establishment urges. Chapman returned to Soho and spent some time working casual jobs, from barman to film extra, but his lifestyle outstripped his earnings — gambling debts and a taste for fine macinhyre soon left him broke.

His mentor Stephan von Groning is someone bne Chapman perfectly understands.

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This is a good solid account of a very intriguing history. The Search for Elisabeth Nietzsche’ which had some dull expanses along the way. They came up with creative schemes even employing a professional magician to aid in illusions that consistently mislead the Germans. By recounting the mis adventures of Eddie Chapman a roue, cad, and small time thief who finds himself in the wrong place at the right time, this biography of a double agent shows the inner workings of the German and British spy networks during WWII.


The prison library had two hundred books. After a crafty return to Germany, he made another parachute drop home to report on an anti-sub device and the accuracy of the new V-1 flying bomb.

Before Betty could speak, Eddie stood up, bent down to kiss her once, and then jumped through the window, which was closed. I mean everyone knows that, as a spy: He wanted to be the man who would kill Hitler, and he wanted to make sure that his illegitimate daughter and her mother were well provided for. It makes my blood run a little cold to even think of my life being dependent on Chapman doing what he was supposed to do.

It is alive, however, and delivers the story at the pace of the best novel, but is peppered throughout with references to material obtained from MI5 archives, interviews, and other history sources. There they called their man ‘Agent ZigZag. There is caked mud in the tangled hair, and a trace of dried blood in the moustache.

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The question now is, who will make the movie and who will play the lead? Trained by the Third Reich in occupied France to parachute into his home country to blow up a warplane factory, Chapman instead contacted MI5, the British Secret Service. An enthralling book results from the opening up of once deadly secret files. Did I mention, he also carries the fates of both Germany and Britain on his back. Who was “Agent Zigzag”? Unlike the Germans, MI5 was eager for Chapman to return, in the hope that, as a trusted asset, he could pick up significant information about the enemy.

Perhaps as a result of this disinformation, the Germans never corrected their aim, with the end result that most bombs landed in the south London suburbs or the Kent countryside, doing far less damage than they otherwise might have done. The islands were left to the Germans. Set up a giveaway. Chapman was inducted into the German Army as an oberleutnant or first lieutenant. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.


In preparing this biography, the author Ben Aigzag was granted access to recently declassified files, and his mastery and presentation of the material is astonishing. When they finally believed him, he went through another series of training sessions and returned to France where his control was based. It’s about a British bank robber who is zigzg in WWII occupied Europe, volunteers to be a spy for the Germans, parachutes into Britain and immediately calls MI5 to volunteer to work for them instead.

A struggle to finish. If you’re looking for an even-handed recounting and reflections on this book, you should probably check out Jeffrey Keeten’s stellar review it has lots of pictures and everything. What would this be rated as a docementary?

After reading this book and Bn Mincemeat by the same author, it would appear that Great Britain had the best Military Intelligence unit in W Quite an adventure! He develops a deep bond with his bon vivant spy handler, and is eventually returned to England to sabotage an aircraft factory.

The thing about Eddie Chapman was that he basically thrived in the worst of circumstances.

In the end, though, it’s undeniable that his life made one heck of an interesting story. For the next four years, Chapman worked as a double agent, a lone British spy at the heart of the German Secret Service. During the night of 29—30 JanuaryNen with MI5 officers faked a sabotage attack on his target, the de Havilland aircraft factory in Hatfield, where the Mosquito was being manufactured. Oct 02, Minutes. The tiniest details tell a lot: Too bad Errol Flynn is dead.

Mar 28, Jeanette rated it liked it. Expect a wildly careening, ribald series of chase scenes, foxy schemes, somber imprisonments, and explosions galore. Actual story of intel operations in macintye Europe