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Double Cross: The True Story of the D-Day Spies

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In his celebrated bestsellers Agent Zigzag and Operation Mincemeat, Ben Macintyre told the dazzling true stories of a remarkable WWII double agent and of how the Allies employed a corpse to fool the Nazis and assure a decisive victory.  In Double Cross, Macintyre returns with the untold story of the grand final deception of the war and of the extraordinary spies who achieved it.

   On June 6, 1944, 150,000 Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy and suffered an astonishingly low rate of casualties.  D-Day was a stunning military accomplishment, but it was also a masterpiece of trickery. Operation Fortitude, which protected and enabled the invasion, and the Double Cross system, which specialized in turning German spies into double agents, deceived the Nazis into believing that the Allies would attack at Calais and Norway rather than Normandy. It was the most sophisticated and successful deception operation ever carried out, ensuring that Hitler kept an entire army awaiting a fake invasion, saving thousands of lives, and securing an Allied victory at the most critical juncture in the war.

   The story of D-Day has been told from the point of view of the soldiers who fought in it, the tacticians who planned it, and the generals who led it. But this epic event in world history has never before been told from the perspectives of the key individuals in the Double Cross System. These include its director (a brilliant, urbane intelligence officer), a colorful assortment of MI5 handlers (as well as their counterparts in Nazi intelligence), and the five spies who formed Double Cross’s nucleus: a dashing  Serbian playboy, a Polish fighter-pilot, a bisexual Peruvian party girl, a deeply eccentric Spaniard with a diploma in chicken farming and a volatile Frenchwoman, whose obsessive love for her pet dog very nearly wrecked the entire plan. The D-Day spies were, without question, one of the oddest military units ever assembled, and their success depended on the delicate, dubious relationship between spy and spymaster, both German and British. Their enterprise was saved from catastrophe by a shadowy sixth spy whose heroic sacrifice is revealed here for the first time.

   With the same depth of research, eye for the absurd and masterful storytelling that have made Ben Macintyre an international bestseller,  Double Cross is a captivating narrative of the spies who wove a web so intricate it ensnared Hitler’s army and carried thousands of D-Day troops across the Channel in safety.

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"'Any method of seeking the truth can also be used to plant a lie.' Therein lies the root of the brilliantly dangerous Allied plan (which MI5 called Double Cross) — recounted by Macintyre with the same skill and suspense he displayed in Operation Mincemeat and Agent Zigzag — to throw off the Germans and launch an assault at Normandy on June 6, 1944. The key to the plan — convincing Germany that the impending attack would come either at Pas de Calais or in Norway — was the careful manipulation of five double agents, each feeding misinformation back to their German handlers. Polish zealot Roman Czerniawski volunteered his services to his German captors, only to defect to Britain and become 'Agent Brutus.' Serbian playboy Dusan Popov ('Agent Tricycle') became one of MI5's most prized assets. Failed Catalan chicken farmer Juan Pujol ('Agent Garbo') badgered both German and British intelligence services into accepting him, eventually becoming the linchpin of the D-Day ploy. Lily Sergeyev ('Agent Treasure'), a high-strung Frenchwoman, had the opportunity to blow the whole operation with a single punctuation mark, while Elvira de la Fuente Chaudoir ('Agent Bronx') transformed from a gambling Peruvian society girl to solid double agent. Macintyre effortlessly weaves the agents' deliciously eccentric personalities with larger wartime events to shape a tale that reads like a top-notch spy thriller. Photos, map. Agent: Ed Victor, Ed Victor Ltd. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Ben Macintyre is a writer-at-large for The Times of London and the bestselling author of Operation MincemeatAgent ZigzagThe Napoleon of Crime, and Forgotten Fatherland, among other books.

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redonbonde, January 29, 2013 (view all comments by redonbonde)
This is the true story of the Double Cross System, whose mission was to convince Hitler and his army that the Allies were planning to land in Calais rather than in Normandy on D-Day. The deception was led by MI5, and it succeeded despite some close calls due in large part to the oddities and eccentrcities of some of the team members -- as well as recurring doubts about the true loyalties of some of the participants, both German and British. This book is a good read!

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307888754
Author:
Macintyre, Ben
Publisher:
Crown Publishing Group (NY)
Subject:
Modern - 20th Century
Subject:
Military-Strategy Tactics and Deception
Subject:
Military-World War II General
Subject:
wwii;history;espionage;non-fiction;d-day;military;military history;england;biography;nazis;europe;spy
Publication Date:
20120731
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
2 8-PAGE BandW INSERTS
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
9.5 x 6.6 x 1.5 in 1.575 lb

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Product details 416 pages Crown Publishing Group (NY) - English 9780307888754 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "'Any method of seeking the truth can also be used to plant a lie.' Therein lies the root of the brilliantly dangerous Allied plan (which MI5 called Double Cross) — recounted by Macintyre with the same skill and suspense he displayed in Operation Mincemeat and Agent Zigzag — to throw off the Germans and launch an assault at Normandy on June 6, 1944. The key to the plan — convincing Germany that the impending attack would come either at Pas de Calais or in Norway — was the careful manipulation of five double agents, each feeding misinformation back to their German handlers. Polish zealot Roman Czerniawski volunteered his services to his German captors, only to defect to Britain and become 'Agent Brutus.' Serbian playboy Dusan Popov ('Agent Tricycle') became one of MI5's most prized assets. Failed Catalan chicken farmer Juan Pujol ('Agent Garbo') badgered both German and British intelligence services into accepting him, eventually becoming the linchpin of the D-Day ploy. Lily Sergeyev ('Agent Treasure'), a high-strung Frenchwoman, had the opportunity to blow the whole operation with a single punctuation mark, while Elvira de la Fuente Chaudoir ('Agent Bronx') transformed from a gambling Peruvian society girl to solid double agent. Macintyre effortlessly weaves the agents' deliciously eccentric personalities with larger wartime events to shape a tale that reads like a top-notch spy thriller. Photos, map. Agent: Ed Victor, Ed Victor Ltd. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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