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Double Cross

The True Story of the D-day Spies
Macintyre, Ben (Book - 2012)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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Recounts the story of the six double agents--Bronx, Brutus, Treasure, Tricycle, Garbo, and a shadowy sixth spy whose heroic sacrifice is revealed here for the first time--who would weave a web of deception so intricate that it ensnared Hitler's army and helped to carry thousands of troops across the Channel in safety on 6 June 1944, D-Day.
Authors: Macintyre, Ben, 1963-
Title: Double cross
the true story of the D-day spies
Publisher: New York : Crown, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 399 p. :,ill., maps ;,25 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Ben Macintyre
Contents: Raw recruits
A bit of an enigma
Roman and the cat
Coat tailing
The club
Garbo takes the stage
Popov goes shopping
The great game
The flock
True agent, false agent, double agent
Cockade
Discovered treasure
The walk-in
A time for fortitude
Enriching the chicken feed
Artist paints a picture
Monty's double
The double dash
Jebsen's new friend
"Am I not always careful?"
Operation Dora
Guest of the Gestapo
Bronx gets toothache
Garbo's warning
Second innings
Summary: Recounts the story of the six double agents--Bronx, Brutus, Treasure, Tricycle, Garbo, and a shadowy sixth spy whose heroic sacrifice is revealed here for the first time--who would weave a web of deception so intricate that it ensnared Hitler's army and helped to carry thousands of troops across the Channel in safety on 6 June 1944, D-Day.
ISBN: 0307888754
9780307888754
0307888762
9780307888761
Branch Call Number: 940.5421421 M1527d 2012
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. [383]-386) and index
Subject Headings: Spies Europe Biography Espionage Europe History 20th century Deception (Military science) History 20th century World War, 1939-1945 Deception World War, 1939-1945 Military intelligence World War, 1939-1945 Campaigns France Normandy World War, 1939-1945 Secret service
Topical Term: Spies
Espionage
Deception (Military science)
World War, 1939-1945
World War, 1939-1945
World War, 1939-1945
World War, 1939-1945
LCCN: 2012003089
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If this book were a drama, it would be an ensemble piece. Colorful double agents and their handlers divert Germany's attention from Normandy.


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Aug 28, 2014
  • jootysun rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Perhaps I didn't give it a solid try. But a couple chapters in and I'm already dreading reading the book the next day. That's when you know you should stop.

The story is interesting in itself. However, Macintyre's writing style is verbose and the pacing is slow. What would have been a gripping tale turned into a rather bland historical recount of the lives of five eccentric people.

Oct 04, 2013
  • autumn905 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Fascinating! Well worth the effort to follow the intricate details of the story.

May 04, 2013
  • bibliotechnocrat rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The development and deployment of the double-cross spy system in wartime Britain was an unlikely, dicey, and daring gamble - one that paid off in surprising ways. Another recent publication (Agent Garbo: The Brilliant, Eccentric Secret Agent Who Tricked Hitler and Saved D-Day) covered the exploits of the most successful XX spy, Juan Pujol; this book covers the wider network.

Macintyre provides insight into the personalities of the players, giving a clear sense of their motivations and attitudes. At times amusing, frequently tense, and sometimes astonishing, this book is well worth the price of admission. The "Aftermath" section nicely ties up the loose threads hanging from the narrative.

Nov 05, 2012
  • SEBoiko rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Spies and Pigeons !

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Nov 05, 2012
  • SEBoiko rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

You have forfeited your life, but there is a way of saving your life.

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