Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. London Times associate editor Macintyre (The : Agent Zigzag: A True Story of Nazi Espionage, Love, and Betrayal eBook: Ben Macintyre: Kindle Store. NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF A SPY AMONG FRIENDS A New York Times Notable Book of the Year A Washington Post Best Book of . Ben Macintyre’s Agent Zigzag is a superb account of a Second World War philanderer and spy, says Jonathan Bouquet.

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When they finally believed him, he went through another series of training sessions and returned to France where his control was based.

Moreover he has that zibzag gift, the inability to write a dull sentence. By recounting the mis adventures of Eddie Chapman a roue, cad, and small time thief who finds himself in the wrong place at the right time, this biography agentt a double agent shows the inner workings of the German and British spy networks during WWII. Share your thoughts with other customers. The kind of guy you’d like to have drinks with, but not the kind you’d “take home to mother” thanks, Rick James.

After a crafty return to Germany, he made another parachute drop home to report on an anti-sub device and the accuracy of the new V-1 flying bomb.

Dec 12, J. Ben MacIntyre decided to write this book after most of the material related to Agebt was declassified. They send Faramus off to a concentration camp. A confirmed bachelor, he might have been homosexual, but if so, in a wholly repressed and contented English way.

So there is a need for the author to corroborate the cleaims of meeting both Churchill and Hitler. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.

The question now is, who will make the movie and who will play the lead? He writes with brio ageent a festive spirit and has quite simply created a masterpiece. From his initial landing in England inwith only a gun, a wireless, and a cyanide pill, Chapman provided information on his supposed duties that he had been assigned by the Abwehr, including passing on requested information, and, more importantly, blowing up an aircraft factory that was manufacturing the famous Mosquito planes.


Away from the battlefields, war forces individuals to make impossible choices in circumstances they did not create, and could never have expected.

Eddie Chapman

Macintyre tells it to perfection, with endless insights into the horror and absurdity of war…. Aug 12, Pages Buy. Both sides knew the direction of the war may determine who Eddie would work for on the long game.

Here he consistently reported to the Germans that the bombs were hitting their central London target, when in fact they were undershooting. Did I mention, he also carries the fates of both Germany and Britain on his back. Do you like books about espionage, double-dealing, and clever Allied agents who fooled the Axis and ruled?

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

He was in prison on Jersey, taken to a German prison camp after the invasion, volunteered to be a spy for the Nazis, trained in sabotage and espionage, sent back to Britain, where macintgre promptly handed himself in and set out to become a double agent, working for the British and blowing up the German spy networks in the UK such as they A jawdropping read about a small time criminal and con artist turned double agent in WW2.

The Eddie Chapman Story”. It is a remarkable cloak-and-dagger procedural and a fine tale of unusual wartime employment…. Even operating under the restrictions of wartime espionage he carried on a full love life, leaving a trail of conquests throughout the Continent. The energetic adventurer from a lower stratum of British society was being run by Oxbridge gentlemen and by aristocrats of Deutschland at the same time. The Germans did not notice the ship was not damaged on the voyage home, [7] [11] but to avoid the Germans’ doubting Chapman’s commitment, the British staged zigzaag conspicuous investigation of the ship when it returned to Britain, ensuring gossip would make its way back to the Germans.


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Inside the traitor was a man of loyalty; inside the villain was a hero. Chapman loved himself, loved adventure, and loved his country, probably in that order”. This thriller just happens to be true. This could have been SO juicy, it’s a real life spy story that’s been stomped on and all the derring-do has been flattened right out of it.

I think you’ll be glad you did. What loyalty could he possibly have for them? His British Secret Service handlers codenamed him Zigzag in acknowledgement of his rather erratic personal history. Macinture Billion Dollar Spy: See and discover other items: Very promiscuous and prostitutes are mentioned. Section B1Athe MI5 -backed department which macuntyre the task of capturing enemy agents and turning them into double macintyrre, had discussed the best method of capturing Chapman without revealing Ultra.

The prison library had two hundred books. Eddie was a British citizen, rough Soho neighborhood criminal and safecracker. I still hadn’t gotten to Eddie Chapman’s adventures in Lisbon, Oslo, Berlin, or his second parachute jump into the British countryside. Since Chapman was barred from writing his memoirs am I the only one who regrets that book does not exist?

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