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Operation Mincemeat: The True Spy Story that Changed the Course of World War II


Operation Mincemeat: The True Spy Story that Changed the Course of World War II

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    Ben Macintyre(Author)


One April morning in 1943, a sardine fisherman spotted the corpse of a British soldier floating in the sea off the coast of Spain and set in train a course of events that would change the course of the Second World War.

Operation Mincemeat was the most successful wartime deception ever attempted, and certainly the strangest. It hoodwinked the Nazi espionage chiefs, sent German troops hurtling in the wrong direction, and saved thousands of lives by deploying a secret agent who was different, in one crucial respect, from any spy before or since: he was dead. His mission: to convince the Germans that instead of attacking Sicily, the Allied armies planned to invade Greece.

The brainchild of an eccentric RAF officer and a brilliant Jewish barrister, the great hoax involved an extraordinary cast of characters including a famous forensic pathologist, a gold-prospector, an inventor, a beautiful secret service secretary, a submarine captain, three novelists, a transvestite English spymaster, an irascible admiral who loved fly-fishing, and a dead Welsh tramp. Using fraud, imagination and seduction, Churchill's team of spies spun a web of deceit so elaborate and so convincing that they began to believe it themselves. The deception started in a windowless basement beneath Whitehall. It travelled from London to Scotland to Spain to Germany. And it ended up on Hitler's desk.

Ben Macintyre, bestselling author of Agent Zigzag, weaves together private documents, photographs, memories, letters and diaries, as well as newly released material from the intelligence files of MI5 and Naval Intelligence, to tell for the first time the full story of Operation Mincemeat.

'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)

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Book details

  • PDF | 432 pages
  • Ben Macintyre(Author)
  • Bloomsbury Paperbacks (22 Sept. 2016)
  • English
  • 9
  • 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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