Ben Macintyre's Espionage Files: Agent Zigzag, Operation Mincemeat & Double Cross

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A&C Black, Nov 18, 2012 - History - 288 pages
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Agent Zigzag:

One December night in 1942, a Nazi parachutist landed in a Cambridgeshire field. His mission: to sabotage the British war effort. His name was Eddie Chapman, but he would shortly become MI5's Agent Zigzag. Dashing and louche, courageous and unpredictable, inside the traitor was a hero, inside the villain, a man of conscience: the problem for Chapman, his many lovers and his spymasters, was knowing where one ended and the other began. Ben Macintyre weaves together diaries, letters, photographs, memories and top-secret MI5 files to create the exhilarating account of Britain's most sensational double agent.

Operation Mincemeat:

One overcast April morning in 1943, a fisherman notices a corpse floating in the sea off the coast of Spain. When the body is brought ashore, he is identified as a British soldier, Major William Martin of the Royal Marines. A leather attaché case, secured to his belt, reveals an intelligence goldmine: top-secret documents Allied invasion plans.

But Major William Martin never existed. The body is that of a dead Welsh tramp and every single document is fake. Operation Mincemeat is the incredible true story of the most extraordinary deception ever planned by Churchill's spies - an outrageous lie that travelled from a Whitehall basement, all the way to Hitler's desk.

Double Cross:

D-Day, 6 June 1944, the turning point of the Second World War, was a victory of arms. But it was also a triumph for a different kind of operation: one of deceit...

At the heart of the deception was the 'Double Cross System', a team of double agents whose bravery, treachery, greed and inspiration succeeded in convincing the Nazis that Calais and Norway, not Normandy, were the targets of the 150,000-strong Allied invasion force. These were not conventional warriors, but their masterpiece of deceit saved thousands of lives. Their codenames were Bronx, Brutus, Treasure, Tricycle and Garbo. This is their story.

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Map Prologue
The Hotel de la Plage
Jersey Gaol
Villa la Bretonnière
Villa laBretonnière
My Dear Alex 10 Table Tennis Traitor 11 Gold Prospector
The Spy Who Baked Cakes
Gold Prospector 12 The Spy Who Baked Cakes
Bills Farewell
Mincemeat SetsSail 14 Bills Farewell 15 Dulce et Decorum
Dulce et Decorum 16 Spanish Trails 17 Kuhlenthals Coup
Hitler Loses Sleep
a pattern made up of many small

The Mosquito
Marthas Exciting Night
Dr Graumann 7 Codebreakers 8 Mosquito 9 Under UnseenEyes 10 Drop 11 Marthas ExcitingNight 12 Camp 020
Crespigny Road
Camp 020 CrespignyRoad
What a WayOut
Freda and Diane
Freda and Diane 16 Abracadabra 17 The Greater the Adventure
Lunch at the Lutétia
Stowaway Spy 19 Joli Albert 20 Damp Squib 21 The Ice Front 22 The Girl at the Ritz 23 Sabotage Consultant 24 Lunch attheLutétia 25 The Prodiga...
The Prodigal Crook
Going to the Dogs
Case Dismissed Aftermath Authors Note Plate Section
Authors Note
Picture Credits
Operation Mincemeat
The Sardine Spotter
Corkscrew Minds
Room 13
The Man Who
A Novel Approach
Room13 4 Target Sicily 5 The Man WhoWas 6 A Novel Approach 7
The Butterfly Collector
My Dear Alex
Table Tennis Traitor
Spanish Trails 17 Kuhlenthals Coup 18 Mincemeat Digested 19 Hitler Loses Sleep 20 Seraph and Husky
A Nice Cup ofTea
Hook Lineand Sinker 23 Mincemeat Revealed
Seraph andHusky 21 A Nice CupofTea 22 Hook Line and Sinker
Plate Section
Acknowledgments Notes
About the Author
Map The Agents and Their Handlers
Raw Recruits
Raw Recruits 2 A Bitofan
Roman and the
Coat Trailing
The Club
Garbo Takes the Stage
The Club 6 Garbo Takes the Stage
The Great Game
The Flock
The Flock 10 True Agent False
Artist Paints aPicture 17 Montys Double
Cockade 12 Discovered Treasure
The Walkin 14 A Time for Fortitude 15 Enrichingthe Chickenfeed 16 Artist Paints a Picture
Montys Double
The Double Dash
Jebsens NewFriend 20 Am I NotAlways Careful?
Operation Dora
Guest of the Gestapo
Operation Dora 22 Guest of the Gestapo 23 Bronx Gets Toothache 24 Garbos Warning 25 Second Innings Aftermath
Bronx GetsToothache 24 Garbos Warning 25 Second Innings Aftermath

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About the author (2012)

Ben Macintyre is a columnist and Associate Editor on The Times. He has worked as the newspaper's correspondent in New York, Paris and Washington. He is the author of eight previous books including Agent Zigzag, shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award and the Galaxy British Book Award for Biography of the Year 2008, and the no. 1 bestseller Operation Mincemeat. He lives in London with his wife and three children.

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