Agent Zigzag

  • Filename: agent-zigzag.
  • ISBN: 9781408811498
  • Release Date: 2010-08-02
  • Number of pages: 384
  • Author: Ben Macintyre
  • Publisher: A&C Black

A gripping tale of loyalty, love, treachery, espionage, and the thin and shifting line between fidelity and betrayal.

Ben Macintyre s Espionage Files

  • Filename: ben-macintyre-s-espionage-files.
  • ISBN: 9781408838389
  • Release Date: 2012-11-18
  • Number of pages: 288
  • Author: Ben Macintyre
  • Publisher: A&C Black

Agent Zigzag: One December night in 1942, a Nazi parachutist landed in a Cambridgeshire field. His mission: to sabotage the British war effort. His name was Eddie Chapman, but he would shortly become MI5's Agent Zigzag. Dashing and louche, courageous and unpredictable, inside the traitor was a hero, inside the villain, a man of conscience: the problem for Chapman, his many lovers and his spymasters, was knowing where one ended and the other began. Ben Macintyre weaves together diaries, letters, photographs, memories and top-secret MI5 files to create the exhilarating account of Britain's most sensational double agent. Operation Mincemeat: One overcast April morning in 1943, a fisherman notices a corpse floating in the sea off the coast of Spain. When the body is brought ashore, he is identified as a British soldier, Major William Martin of the Royal Marines. A leather attaché case, secured to his belt, reveals an intelligence goldmine: top-secret documents Allied invasion plans. But Major William Martin never existed. The body is that of a dead Welsh tramp and every single document is fake. Operation Mincemeat is the incredible true story of the most extraordinary deception ever planned by Churchill's spies - an outrageous lie that travelled from a Whitehall basement, all the way to Hitler's desk. Double Cross: D-Day, 6 June 1944, the turning point of the Second World War, was a victory of arms. But it was also a triumph for a different kind of operation: one of deceit... At the heart of the deception was the 'Double Cross System', a team of double agents whose bravery, treachery, greed and inspiration succeeded in convincing the Nazis that Calais and Norway, not Normandy, were the targets of the 150,000-strong Allied invasion force. These were not conventional warriors, but their masterpiece of deceit saved thousands of lives. Their codenames were Bronx, Brutus, Treasure, Tricycle and Garbo. This is their story.

Ben Macintyre s World War II Espionage Files

  • Filename: ben-macintyre-s-world-war-ii-espionage-files.
  • ISBN: 9780385348676
  • Release Date: 2012-09-04
  • Number of pages: 768
  • Author: Ben Macintyre
  • Publisher: Broadway Books

Ben Macintyre’s two bestselling accounts of World War II espionage are now available together exclusively as an ebook with an excerpt from the New York Times bestseller, Double Cross. A New York Times Notable Book of the Year, Agent Zigzag is the story of Eddie Chapman, a charmer, a criminal, a con man, and one of the most remarkable double agents in all of British history. Deemed “brilliant and almost absurdly entertaining” by Malcolm Gladwell, Operation Mincemeat unveils top secret material directly from the officers, spies, and masterminds of World War II. Each true tale is told through the vantage point of covert officials as they unravel webs of espionage and deception to yield Allied success. Macintyre’s are words that read, according to Entertainment Weekly, “like something by Ian Fleming.”

Der Geheimagent Stephan Talty

  • Filename: der-geheimagent-stephan-talty.
  • ISBN: 9780544035010
  • Release Date: 2014-10-29
  • Number of pages: 83
  • Author: Stephan Talty
  • Publisher: Ali Kaçar

“The book presses ever forward down a path of historical marvels and astonishing facts. The effect is like a master class that’s accessible to anyone, and Agent Garbo often reads as though it were written in a single, perfect draft.”—The Atlantic Before he remade himself as the master spy known as Garbo, Juan Pujol was nothing more than a Barcelona poultry farmer. But as Garbo, he turned in a masterpiece of deception that changed the course of World War II. Posing as the Nazis’ only reliable spy inside England, he created an imaginary million-man army, invented armadas out of thin air, and brought a vast network of fictional subagents to life. The scheme culminated on June 6, 1944, when Garbo convinced the Germans that the Allied forces approaching Normandy were just a feint—the real invasion would come at Calais. Because of his brilliant trickery, the Allies were able to land with much less opposition and eventually push on to Berlin. As incredible as it sounds, everything in Agent Garbo is true, based on years of archival research and interviews with Pujol’s family. This pulse-pounding thriller set in the shadow world of espionage and deception reveals the shocking reality of spycraft that occurs just below the surface of history.


  • Filename: zigzag.
  • ISBN: 9781628721577
  • Release Date: 2013-12-13
  • Number of pages: 408
  • Author: Nicholas Booth
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.

The most remarkable double agent of World War II, Eddie Chapman was witty, handsome, and charming. Too bad he was also a con man, womanizer, and safe-cracker. To the British, though, he was known as ZigZag, one of MI5’s most valuable agents. To the Abwehr—German military intelligence—he was known as Fritzchen (Little Fritz), and was believed to be one of their most valued and trusted spies. For three long years, Eddie played this dangerous double game, daily risking life and limb to help the Allies win the war. He was so charming that his German handler, Baron Stefan von Gröning, thought of Fritzchen as the son he never had. The Germans even awarded him the Iron Cross for spying for the Reich! They sent him to Britain, with the mission to blow up the De Havilland aircraft factory. How he and MI5 convinced the Germans that he had accomplished his mission stands as one of history’s greatest acts of counterintelligence. Until now, Eddie Chapman’s extraordinary double life has never been told, thwarted by the Official Secrets Act. Now all the evidence—including Eddie’s MI5 file—has finally been released, paving the way for Nicholas Booth’s enthralling account of Eddie’s long and extraordinary life. A film of ZigZag is in the works with Tom Hanks producing and Mike Newell directing.

Mut zur Freiheit

  • Filename: mut-zur-freiheit.
  • ISBN: 9783641178796
  • Release Date: 2015-10-19
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Author: Yeonmi Park
  • Publisher: Goldmann Verlag

Yeonmi Park träumte nicht von der Freiheit, als sie im Alter von erst 13 Jahren aus Nordkorea floh. Sie wusste nicht einmal, was Freiheit ist. Alles, was sie wusste war, dass sie um ihr Leben lief, dass sie und ihre Familie sterben würde, wenn sie bliebe - vor Hunger, an einer Krankheit oder gar durch Exekution. In ihrem Buch erzählt Yeonmi Park von ihrem Kampf ums Überleben in einem der dunkelsten und repressivsten Regime unserer Zeit; sie erzählt von ihrer grauenhaften Odyssee durch die chinesische Unterwelt, bevölkert von Schmugglern und Menschenhändlern, bis nach Südkorea; und sie erzählt von ihrem erstaunlichen Weg zur führenden Menschenrechts-Aktivistin mit noch nicht einmal 21 Jahren.

Mrs Zigzag

  • Filename: mrs-zigzag.
  • ISBN: 9780752492766
  • Release Date: 2013-04-01
  • Number of pages: 192
  • Author: Betty Chapman
  • Publisher: The History Press

When Betty Farmer married double agent Eddie Chapman, Agent Zigzag, she knew her life would never be ordinary. Yet even before her marriage to Eddie, her life involved incendiary bombs, serial killers, film roles and love affairs with flying aces. After her marriage, she coped with Eddie’s mistresses, smuggling, separations and personal traumas. Coming from humble origins, Betty would, in time, own a beauty business, a health farm and a castle in Ireland, become the friend and confidant of film stars and an African president, and the honoured guest of Middle Eastern royalty. In an age where women were still very much second-class, she became a perfect example of what, in spite of everything, was possible. Much has been written about Eddie Chapman, films have been made, television programmes produced. Yet alongside Eddie for most of his extraordinary life was an equally extraordinary woman: Mrs Zigzag. This book tells her story.

Operation Mincemeat

  • Filename: operation-mincemeat.
  • ISBN: 9781408809211
  • Release Date: 2010-09-06
  • Number of pages: 432
  • Author: Ben Macintyre
  • Publisher: A&C Black

From the bestselling author of Agent Zigzag. The thrilling true story of the greatest and most successful wartime deception ever attempted A Richard & Judy Book Club selection

Agent Tate

  • Filename: agent-tate.
  • ISBN: 1445604817
  • Release Date: 2011
  • Number of pages: 268
  • Author: Tommy Jonason
  • Publisher: Amberley Pub Plc

This is the Second World War career of the longest serving double agent in the Double Cross system who operated from September 1940 to the end of war. He was dropped by parachute in England in September 1940, but was quickly caught after being betrayed by a fellow agent who had arrived some weeks earlier. He was taken to Camp 020 for interrogation by the team led by the famous Colonel 'Tin-Eye' Stephens, and eventually agreed to work as a double agent with the cover name Tate. He sent more than a thousand messages during the war for the Double Cross organization, whose aim was deception and supplying disinformation to the Nazi regime. To finance his activities several schemes were used by the Germans, including a secret meeting with a Japanese on a number 16 London bus. After reporting about various areas of interest for the Germans he took part in the D-Day deception. Finally, after the war he settled in Watford with the name Harry Williamson and worked as a photographer. He was almost completely anonymous (although still protected by MI5), partly through fear of revenge, until his name was revealed in the 1990s. While Ben Macintyre's Agent Zigzag was a Number 1 bestseller, Agent Tate is even more interesting and had a much longer World War II spying career. Amberley is also publisher of the critically acclaimed Spooks: The Unofficial History of MI5 ('Definitive and comprehensive' THES).

For Your Eyes Only

  • Filename: for-your-eyes-only.
  • ISBN: 9780747598664
  • Release Date: 2009-04-06
  • Number of pages: 256
  • Author: Ben Macintyre
  • Publisher: A&C Black

A riveting look into the world of James Bond and his creator.

Spies and Codebreakers

  • Filename: spies-and-codebreakers.
  • ISBN: 9781406298871
  • Release Date: 2016-08
  • Number of pages: 48
  • Author: Claire Throp
  • Publisher: Raintree

The year is 1939. Germany, led by Adolf Hitler, has invaded Poland. The world is about to enter into the biggest and most terrible war in history. But from the depths of despair rose some very courageous, selfless individuals, such as 'Garbo' (Juan Pujol), 'Agent Zigzag' (Eddie Chapman) and Alan Turing, who risked their lives for the sakes of others in need, often for no gain and with no recognition. Here are some of their incredible stories.

The Secret War Spies Codes and Guerrillas 1939 1945

  • Filename: the-secret-war-spies-codes-and-guerrillas-1939-1945.
  • ISBN: 9780008133023
  • Release Date: 2015-09-10
  • Number of pages: 640
  • Author: Max Hastings
  • Publisher: HarperCollins UK

‘As gripping as any spy thriller, Hastings’s achievement is especially impressive, for he has produced the best single volume yet written on the subject’ Sunday Times ‘Authoritative, exciting and notably well written’ Daily Telegraph ‘A serious work of rigourous and comprehensive history ... royally entertaining and readable’ Mail on Sunday

Heroes of the Battlefield

  • Filename: heroes-of-the-battlefield.
  • ISBN: 9781406298888
  • Release Date: 2016-08
  • Number of pages: 48
  • Author: Brian Williams
  • Publisher: Raintree

The year is 1939. Germany, led by Adolf Hitler, has invaded Poland. The world is about to enter into the biggest and most terrible war in history. But from the depths of despair rose some very courageous, selfless individuals, such as 'Garbo' (Juan Pujol), 'Agent Zigzag' (Eddie Chapman) and Alan Turing, who risked their lives for the sakes of others in need, often for no gain and with no recognition. Here are some of their incredible stories¿

Double Cross

  • Filename: double-cross.
  • ISBN: 9781408830628
  • Release Date: 2012
  • Number of pages: 417
  • Author: Ben Macintyre
  • Publisher: A&C Black

The number one bestselling author of Agent Zigzag and Operation Mincemeat exposes the true story of the D Day Spies.

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