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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) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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Despite massive efforts by the Abwehr, the German espionage service, the where and when of the D-Day landings were perhaps the most successfully kept secrets of WWII. As a result, the Germans were required to maintain forces all across their Atlantic Wall. When the Normandy invasion began, the ability of the Germans to rush in reinforcements was severely hindered. The maintenance of the secret, as well as the continued deception foisted on the Germans, is chronicled superbly by Macintyre, a writer for The Times of London. The success was, in no small part, due to a varied crew of double agents. Some, like the Polish exile and fierce patriot Roman Garby Czerniawski, had admirable motives; others, including a neurotic Frenchwoman with an obsessive attachment to her dog, and an anti-Nazi German prone to financial manipulations, defy easy categorizations. The control and management of this corps by Allied intelligence officials were effective but frustrating, nerve-racking, and came close to disaster at least once. Macintyre has written a tense, exciting real-life spy story that illuminates a largely obscure aspect of WWII.--Freeman, Jay Copyright 2010 Booklist
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When Allied troops stormed the beaches of Normandy, the German army failed to throw all of their available forces immediately against Eisenhower's army. There are many reasons the Germans did not quickly rush troops in to crush this invasion, and Macintyre (writer-at-large, Times of London; Operation Mincemeat) recounts one of those reasons: British Intelligence had infiltrated the German spy network and had "turned" several of these spies whom they then used to feed the German military false or confusing intelligence. These spies helped convince Hitler and many of his military advisers that they needed troops to be withheld in the south of France, Pas de Calais, and Norway. Macintyre personalizes this espionage story by focusing on the difficulties British handlers had managing their double agents and the salacious details of their personal lives. Verdict Several books have been written about allied intelligence deception in World War II, including Mary Kathryn Barbier's D-Day Deception: Operation Fortitude and the Normandy Invasion and Terry Crowdy's Deceiving Hitler: Double Cross and Deception in World War II, as well as Stephan Talty's Agent Garbo, just published. Macintyre's book will appeal to general readers and espionage buffs who love these true spy stories.-Michael Farrell, Reformed Theological Seminary Lib., Oviedo, FL (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.