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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Review: Agent Zigzag by Ben Macintyre | Books | The Guardian
It makes my blood run a little cold to even think of my life being dependent on Chapman doing what he was supposed to do. Sep 04, Pages. Eddie Chapman was a patriot, in his fashion, and this excellent book finally does him justice. Despite all the good he did for Britain in the war, despite much of his questionable morality being slightly charming and caddish, I couldn’t fully escape the fact he was basically a thieving womaniser.
June Learn how and when to remove this template message. Following a letter in German which they concocted to get off the Island, they were transferred to Fort de Romainville in Paris. Retrieved 19 May But I have enjoyed the other Ben Macintyre’s of spy and espionage more. A gripping story of loyalty, love, and treachery, Agent Zigzag offers a unique glimpse into the psychology of espionage, with its thin and shifting line between fidelity and betrayal.
And although a complicated story that was undoubtedly extremely challenging to research and put together, Mr. Mar 15, Suzanne Stroh rated it it was amazing Shelves: Most accommodate, some collaborate, and a very few find an internal compass they never knew they had, pointing to the right path.
Very promiscuous and prostitutes are mentioned. Chapman in December There are endless delightful twists to the tale. Buy the selected items together This item: Macintyre also has worked hard to separate Chapman’s version of things from what actually happened — Chapman, to put it kindly, liked to embroider.
Macintyre has also written and presented BBC documentaries of the wartime espionage trilogy. Part of the deal was if Chapman did what he was supposed to do Faramus would be kept safe. The dead innocent hero of Operation Mincemeat seemed easier to side with at times.
Chapman was always much more loyal to people than he was to countries or causes. I haven’t gotten my hands on the other one, entitled just Zigzag. For the rest of the war he worked for Britain, traveling across Europe spreading disinformation while never losing track of which lies he told. Despite not being as familiar with the background story or maybe, because of it as compared sgent the aforementioned other book, it took a while to ‘get into’ this similar non-fictional tale of WWII military espionage, but it developed into a very satisfying and educational story.
Broadway Books; Reprint edition August 12, Language: Or perhaps he was running them. Showing of reviews. This is one of two books about Eddie Chapman’s wartime exploits as a double or is it triple or quad or something agent.
I find them plodding — perhaps due to their commitment to chronological order and prosaic detail. For the next four years, Chapman worked as a double agent, a lone British spy at the heart of the German Secret Service who at one time volunteered to assassinate Hitler for his countrymen.
Sep 04, Minutes. John Cecil Masterman the writer and spymaster. It took the passage of more than a half century and the declassification of an archive of wartime intelligence documentation to bring this shadowy figure into focus.
And when one considers that at the time he was acting as a double-agent he was only in his late twenties. They were dealing with a guy that was about as unreliable as a slinky going down a set of crooked stairs. And all along the way you will macntyre at how one man can do so many things and live to tell about it.
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The film was directed by Terence Youngwho had known Chapman before the war. During the Second World War he offered his services to Nazi Germany as a spy and subsequently became a British double agent.
Nov 13, Christopher rated it really liked it Shelves: Want to Read Currently Reading Read. There they called their man ‘Agent ZigZag.
He immediately volunteered his services as a spy against Britain.