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Agent Garbo: The Brilliant, Eccentric Secret Agent Who Tricked Hitler and Saved D-Day

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“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.

“Stephan Talty’s unsurpassed research brings forth one of the war’s greatest agents in a must-read book for those who think they know all the great World War II stories.” —Gregory Freeman, author of The Forgotten 500

Synopsis:

The little-known World War II espionage story of Spaniard Juan Pujol, who convinced Hitlers Abwehr that he had a ring of spies in Britain, only to pull off one of the greatest feats of any double agent: he fooled Hitler and disguised D-Day.

Synopsis:

Were the D-Day landings saved from failure because of a lone secret agent?

Agent Garbo tells the astonishing story of a self-made secret agent who matched wits with the best minds of the Third Reich — and won. Juan Pujol was a nobody, a Barcelona poultry farmer determined to oppose the Nazis. Using only his gift for daring falsehoods, Pujol became Germanys most valued agent — or double agent: it took four tries before the British believed he was really on the Allies side.

In the guise of Garbo, Pujol turned in a masterpiece of deception worthy of his big-screen namesake. He created an imaginary million-man army, invented armadas out of thin air, and brought a vast network of fictional subagents whirring to life. His unwitting German handlers believed every word, and banked on Garbos lies as their only source of espionage within Great Britain.

For his greatest performance, Pujol had to convince the German High Command that the D-Day invasion of Normandy was a feint and the real attack was aimed at Calais. The Nazis bought it, turning the tide of battle at the crucial moment.

Based on years of archival research and interviews with Pujols family, Agent Garbo is a true-life thriller set in the shadow world of espionage and deception.

About the Author

STEPHAN TALTY is a widely published journalist who has contributed to the New York Times Magazine, GQ, Mens Journal, Time Out New York, Details, and many other publications. He is the author of Escape from the Land of Snows, the best-selling Empire of Blue Water, The Illustrious Dead, and Mulatto America.

Table of Contents

Cast of Characters vii

Introduction ix

PART I: THE MAKING OF A SPY

1. Tom Mix in Barcelona 3

2. The Training Ground 11

3. Araceli 22

4. The White City 35

5. The Game 43

6. The Snakepit 55

PART II: GARBOS RISE

7. A Fresh Riot of Ideas 65

8. The System 81

9. The Debut 91

10. The Blacks and the Santa Clauses 98

11. The Rehearsal 109

PART III: THE FAR SHORE

12. The Dry Run 123

13. An Intimate Deception 132

14. Haywire 141

15. The Interloper 153

16. The Ghost Army 167

17. The Backdrop 174

18. The Buildup 186

19. The Prisoner 197

20. The Hours 207

21. The Weapon 223

PART IV: BREAKOFF

22. The End 235

23. The Return 241

Appendix A: Organizations 253

Appendix B: The Garbo Network 255

Notes 257

Bibliography 281

Acknowledgments 285

Index 287

Product Details

ISBN:
9780544035010
Author:
Talty, Stephan
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Subject:
Military - World War II
Subject:
Military-World War II General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20130531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 1 lb

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"Synopsis" by , The little-known World War II espionage story of Spaniard Juan Pujol, who convinced Hitlers Abwehr that he had a ring of spies in Britain, only to pull off one of the greatest feats of any double agent: he fooled Hitler and disguised D-Day.
"Synopsis" by ,
Were the D-Day landings saved from failure because of a lone secret agent?

Agent Garbo tells the astonishing story of a self-made secret agent who matched wits with the best minds of the Third Reich — and won. Juan Pujol was a nobody, a Barcelona poultry farmer determined to oppose the Nazis. Using only his gift for daring falsehoods, Pujol became Germanys most valued agent — or double agent: it took four tries before the British believed he was really on the Allies side.

In the guise of Garbo, Pujol turned in a masterpiece of deception worthy of his big-screen namesake. He created an imaginary million-man army, invented armadas out of thin air, and brought a vast network of fictional subagents whirring to life. His unwitting German handlers believed every word, and banked on Garbos lies as their only source of espionage within Great Britain.

For his greatest performance, Pujol had to convince the German High Command that the D-Day invasion of Normandy was a feint and the real attack was aimed at Calais. The Nazis bought it, turning the tide of battle at the crucial moment.

Based on years of archival research and interviews with Pujols family, Agent Garbo is a true-life thriller set in the shadow world of espionage and deception.

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