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Agent Zigzag: A True Story of Nazi Espionage, Love, and Betrayal

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Eddie Chapman was a charming criminal, a con man, and a philanderer. He was also one of the most remarkable double agents Britain has ever produced. Inside the traitor was a man of loyalty; inside the villain was a hero. The problem for Chapman, his spymasters, and his lovers was to know where one persona ended and the other began.

In 1941, after training as a German spy in occupied France, Chapman was parachuted into Britain with a revolver, a wireless, and a cyanide pill, with orders from the Abwehr to blow up an airplane factory. Instead, he contacted MI5, the British Secret Service. For the next four years, Chapman worked as a double agent, a lone British spy at the heart of the German Secret Service who at one time volunteered to assassinate Hitler for his countrymen. Crisscrossing Europe under different names, all the while weaving plans, spreading disinformation, and, miraculously, keeping his stories straight under intense interrogation, he even managed to gain some profit and seduce beautiful women along the way.

The Nazis feted Chapman as a hero and awarded him the Iron Cross. In Britain, he was pardoned for his crimes, becoming the only wartime agent to be thus rewarded. Both countries provided for the mother of his child and his mistress. Sixty years after the end of the war, and ten years after Chapman’s death, MI5 has now declassified all of Chapman’s files, releasing more than 1,800 pages of top secret material and allowing the full story of Agent Zigzag to be told for the first time.

A gripping story of loyalty, love, and treachery, Agent Zigzag offers a unique glimpse into the psychology of espionage, with its thin and shifting line between fidelity and betrayal.

Synopsis:

BEN MACINTYRE is writer-at-large and associate editor of the London Times. He is the

Synopsis:

A gripping portrait of the ultimate double agent draws on recently declassified documents to recount the remarkable exploits of the enigmatic Eddie Chapman, Agent Zigzag, a criminal, con man, and philanderer trained by the Nazis as a spy who became a British agent at the heart of the German Secret Service. 50,000 first printing.

About the Author

BEN MACINTYRE is writer-at-large and associate editor of the London Times. He is the author of 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 Hotel de la Plage — Jersey Gaol — Island at war — Romainville — Villa de la Bretonniere — Dr. Gaumann — Codebreakers — The mosquito — Under unseen eyes — The drop — Martha's exciting night — Camp 020 — 35 Crespigny Road — What a way out — Freda and Diane — Abracadabra — The greater the adventure — Stowaway spy — Joli Albert — Damp squib — The ice front — The girl at the Ritz — Sabotage consultant — Lunch at the Lutetia — The prodigal cook — Doodlebugs — Going to the dogs — Case dismissed.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307405500
Subtitle:
A True Story of Nazi Espionage, Love, and Betrayal
Publisher:
Harmony Books
Author:
Macintyre, Ben
Author:
Ben Macintyre
Subject:
History : Modern - 20th Century
Subject:
History : Military - World War II
Subject:
History : Military - General
Subject:
True Crime : Espionage
Subject:
Military - World War II
Subject:
Military - Intelligence/Espionage
Subject:
Espionage
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
Secret service
Subject:
Spies - Great Britain
Subject:
World War, 1939-1945 -- Secret service.
Subject:
Modern - 20th Century
Subject:
Judaism-Holocaust
Subject:
Military-Espionage
Subject:
Military-World War II General
Subject:
World History-1650 to Present
Subject:
World History-Germany Nazi
Subject:
Military-World War II Europe
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20070904
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
364

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History and Social Science » Military » General History
History and Social Science » Military » World War II » General
History and Social Science » World History » 1650 to Present
History and Social Science » World History » Germany » General

Agent Zigzag: A True Story of Nazi Espionage, Love, and Betrayal
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"Synopsis" by , BEN MACINTYRE is writer-at-large and associate editor of the London Times. He is the
"Synopsis" by , A gripping portrait of the ultimate double agent draws on recently declassified documents to recount the remarkable exploits of the enigmatic Eddie Chapman, Agent Zigzag, a criminal, con man, and philanderer trained by the Nazis as a spy who became a British agent at the heart of the German Secret Service. 50,000 first printing.
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