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Operation Mincemeat: How a Dead Man and a Bizarre Plan Fooled the Nazis and Assured an Allied Victory


Operation Mincemeat: How a Dead Man and a Bizarre Plan Fooled the Nazis and Assured an Allied Victory

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    Ben Macintyre(Author)
Ben Macintyre’s Agent Zigzag was hailed as “rollicking, spellbinding” (New York Times), “wildly improbable but entirely true” (Entertainment Weekly), and, quite simply, “the best book ever written” (Boston Globe). In his new book, Operation Mincemeat, he tells an extraordinary story that will delight his legions of fans.

In 1943, from a windowless basement office in London, two brilliant intelligence officers conceived a plan that was both simple and complicated— Operation Mincemeat. The purpose? To deceive the Nazis into thinking that Allied forces were planning to attack southern Europe by way of Greece or Sardinia, rather than Sicily, as the Nazis had assumed, and the Allies ultimately chose.
Charles Cholmondeley of MI5 and the British naval intelligence officer Ewen Montagu could not have been more different. Cholmondeley was a dreamer seeking adventure. Montagu was an aristocratic, detail-oriented barrister. But together they were the perfect team and created an ingenious plan: Get a corpse, equip it with secret (but false and misleading) papers concerning the invasion, then drop it off the coast of Spain where German spies would, they hoped, take the bait. The idea was approved by British intelligence officials, including Ian Fleming (creator of James Bond). Winston Churchill believed it might ring true to the Axis and help bring victory to the Allies.

Filled with spies, double agents, rogues, fearless heroes, and one very important corpse, the story of Operation Mincemeat reads like an international thriller.

Unveiling never-before-released material, Ben Macintyre brings the reader right into the minds of intelligence officers, their moles and spies, and the German Abwehr agents who suffered the “twin frailties of wishfulness and yesmanship.” He weaves together the eccentric personalities of Cholmondeley and Montagu and their near-impossible feats into a riveting adventure that not only saved thousands of lives but paved the way for a pivotal battle in Sicily and, ultimately, Allied success in the war.

'A rollicking read for all those who enjoy a spy story so fanciful that Ian Fleming - himself an officer in Montagu's wartime department - would never have dared to invent it' (Max Hastings, Sunday Times)'Ben Macintyre, also the author of the acclaimed Agent Zigzag, is fast becoming a one-man industry in these updated tales of cunning, bravery and skulduggery. With his mix of meticulous research and a good hack's eye for narrative, it is hard to think of a better guide to keep beckoning us back to that fascinating world' (Observer)'Even more spellbinding than his previous story of wartime espionage, Agent Zigzag, with a cast-list every bit as dotty and colourful ... Macintyre is a master of the thumbnail character sketch' (Mail on Sunday)'Astonishing ... sheds riveting new light on this breathtaking plan' (Daily Mail) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Book details

  • PDF | 416 pages
  • Ben Macintyre(Author)
  • Crown Publishing Group (NY); 1 edition (4 May 2010)
  • English
  • 2
  • History
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  • By Guest on 3 August 2017

    Really interesting read. BF is big war buff and as most info about history can be dry this was both informative but fast paced and fun to read.

  • By Caro Sturmey on 17 January 2017

    I knew a little about this story, but it was amazing to read such a thorough account of the events, before/during/after The Man who Never was

  • By Anthony Wild on 30 August 2017

    Classic story very enjoyable

  • By stompy on 22 August 2017

    What a brilliant story

  • By Kindle Customer on 12 April 2017

    Not only does MacIntyre spin a tantalisingly interesting spy yarn, but also conducts significant historical analysis in this thoroughly enjoyable work

  • By Pedro on 21 July 2014

    This book is brilliant. An utterly engrossing and thoroughly researched account of one of the Second World War's most ingenious piece of deception. Really well written - i could not put it down.

  • By Kindle Customer on 4 February 2013

    New perspectives on a well known second world war story. The author gives breath, breadth and depth to the characters involved in a conspiracy to give a new life and meaning to a corpse.

  • By Gary T. on 7 August 2015

    Great Book

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