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Operation Mincemeat: How a Dead Man and a Bizarre Plan Fooled the Nazis and Assured an Allied Victory

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Publisher Comments:

Ben Macintyre’s Agent Zigzag was hailed as “rollicking, spellbinding” (New York Times), “wildly improbable but entirely true” (Entertainment Weekly), and, quite simply, “the best book ever written” (Boston Globe). In his new book, Operation Mincemeat, he tells an extraordinary story that will delight his legions of fans.

In 1943, from a windowless basement office in London, two brilliant intelligence officers conceived a plan that was both simple and complicated— Operation Mincemeat. The purpose? To deceive the Nazis into thinking that Allied forces were planning to attack southern Europe by way of Greece or Sardinia, rather than Sicily, as the Nazis had assumed, and the Allies ultimately chose.

Charles Cholmondeley of MI5 and the British naval intelligence officer Ewen Montagu could not have been more different. Cholmondeley was a dreamer seeking adventure. Montagu was an aristocratic, detail-oriented barrister. But together they were the perfect team and created an ingenious plan: Get a corpse, equip it with secret (but false and misleading) papers concerning the invasion, then drop it off the coast of Spain where German spies would, they hoped, take the bait. The idea was approved by British intelligence officials, including Ian Fleming (creator of James Bond). Winston Churchill believed it might ring true to the Axis and help bring victory to the Allies.

Filled with spies, double agents, rogues, fearless heroes, and one very important corpse, the story of Operation Mincemeat reads like an international thriller.

Unveiling never-before-released material, Ben Macintyre brings the reader right into the minds of intelligence officers, their moles and spies, and the German Abwehr agents who suffered the “twin frailties of wishfulness and yesmanship.” He weaves together the eccentric personalities of Cholmondeley and Montagu and their near-impossible feats into a riveting adventure that not only saved thousands of lives but paved the way for a pivotal battle in Sicily and, ultimately, Allied success in the war.

Synopsis:

From the acclaimed author of "Agent Zigzag" comes an extraordinary account of the most successful deception--and certainly the strangest--ever carried out in World War II, one that changed the prospects for an Allied victory. The purpose of the plan--code named Operation Mincemeat--was to deceive the Nazis into thinking that Allied forces were planning to attack southern Europe by way of Greece or Sardinia, rather than Sicily, as the Nazis had assumed, and the Allies ultimately chose.

Synopsis:

Ben Macintyre's Agent Zigzag was hailed as rollicking, spell

About the Author

BEN MACINTYRE is writer-at-large and associate editor of the Times of London. He is the author of Agent Zigzag, The Man Who Would Be King, The Englishman’s Daughter, The Napoleon of Crime, and Forgotten Fatherland. He lives in London with his wife, the novelist Kate Muir, and their three children.

Table of Contents

The sardine spotter — Corkscrew minds — Room 13 — Target Sicily — The man who was — A novel approach — Pam — The butterfly collector — My dear Alex — Table-tennis traitor — Gold prospector — The spy who baked cakes — Mincement sets sail — Bill's farewell — Dulce et decorum — Spanish trails — K

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307453297
Subtitle:
How a Dead Man and a Bizarre Plan Fooled the Nazis and Assured an Allied Victory
Publisher:
Harmony Books
Author:
Macintyre, Ben
Author:
Ben Macintyre
Subject:
Religion : General
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History : Modern - 20th Century
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Modern - 20th Century
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World War, 1939-1945 -- Secret service.
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World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Italy.
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Military - World War II
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Military - Intelligence/Espionage
Subject:
Audio Books-Military
Subject:
Military-Espionage
Subject:
Military-World War II Europe
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Military-World War II General
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World History-1650 to Present
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World History-General
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NEWARRIVAL-HIST/SOC
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main_subject
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all_subjects
Publication Date:
20100504
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
400

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Operation Mincemeat: How a Dead Man and a Bizarre Plan Fooled the Nazis and Assured an Allied Victory
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"Synopsis" by , From the acclaimed author of "Agent Zigzag" comes an extraordinary account of the most successful deception--and certainly the strangest--ever carried out in World War II, one that changed the prospects for an Allied victory. The purpose of the plan--code named Operation Mincemeat--was to deceive the Nazis into thinking that Allied forces were planning to attack southern Europe by way of Greece or Sardinia, rather than Sicily, as the Nazis had assumed, and the Allies ultimately chose.
"Synopsis" by , Ben Macintyre's Agent Zigzag was hailed as rollicking, spell
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