Double Cross

The True Story of the D-day Spies

Macintyre, Ben

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Double Cross
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.

Publisher: New York : Crown, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0307888754
Branch Call Number: 940.5421421 M1527d 2012
Characteristics: 399 p. :,ill., maps ;,25 cm


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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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