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

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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 2007
One of the Top 10 Best Books of 2007 (Entertainment Weekly)
New York Times Best of the Year Round-Up
New York Times Editors’ Choice

Eddie Chapman was a charming criminal, a con man, and a philanderer. He was also one of the most remarkable double agents Britain has ever produced. Inside the traitor was a man of loyalty; inside the villain was a hero. The problem for Chapman, his spymasters, and his lovers was to know where one persona ended and the other began. Based on recently declassified files, Agent Zigzag tells Chapman’s full story for the first time. It’s a gripping tale of loyalty, love, treachery, espionage, and the thin and shifting line between fidelity and betrayal.

 

About Ben Macintyre

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Ben Macintyre is a writer-at-large for The Times of London and the bestselling author of Operation Mincemeat, Agent Zigzag, The Napoleon of Crime, and Forgotten Fatherland, among other books.
 
Published September 4, 2007 by Broadway Books. 384 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel, War, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Despite German suspicions surrounding the disastrous trial run for the invasion in 1943, Garbo and other top agents were able to convince them that the invasion would be a “fake double-pronged attack—a spring assault on Norway and a summer invasion of the Pas de Calais.” To accomplish this, a gho...

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A preternaturally talented liar and pretty good safecracker becomes a "spy prodigy" working concurrently for Britain's MI5 and the Nazi's Abwehr.

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Consider the bond between Eddie and his German handler, Baron Stefan von Gröning, in some ways the central relationship of the story.

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The British criminal Eddie Chapman offered to become a Nazi agent in 1940. Then he started working for MI5.

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(Because the British had broken German codes early in the war, they could monitor all intelligence traffic relating to Mr. Chapman.) Had Mr. Chapman turned into a triple agent?

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The Forger , by Cioma Schönhaus, translated by Alan Bance 220pp, Granta, £9.99Zigzag: The Incredible Wartime Exploits of Double Agent Eddie Chapman, by Nicholas Booth 360pp, Portrait, £12.99Agent Zigzag: The True Wartime Story of Eddie Chapman, Lover, Betrayer, Hero, Spy, by Ben Macintyre 372pp, ...

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His Zigzag is also published this week ( Portrait pounds 12.99 ), with the same colour of cover, many of the same pictures and almost the same opening: 'A ghostly darkness extended far across the fenlands of Cambridgeshire in the early hours of a surprisingly clement December morning.' In contras...

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Agent Zigzag: Lover, Traitor, Hero, Spy by Ben Macintyre Bloomsbury £7.99 Ben Macintyre, a quite superb writer, has a knack of unearthing gems of stories.

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Publishers Weekly

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London Times associate editor Macintyre (The Man Who Would Be King ) adroitly dissects the enigmatic World War II British double agent Eddie Chapman in this intriguing and balanced biography.

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Entertainment Weekly

After parachuting back into England, Chapman became a valuable double agent for the nascent MI5, who continually doubted if this con man — code-named Zigzag — was on the level.

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London Review of Books

Anyone who has learned about these years by talking to working-class people who had to survive them (rather than by relying on the writings of the Old Etonian George Orwell) knows that even for those who weren’t permanently unemployed it was a desperate business of one short-lived job after anoth...

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Paul Connolly New York Times 4.5 of 5 Stars "[Chapman’s] incredible wartime adventures, recounted in Ben Macintyre’s rollicking, spellbinding Agent Zigzag, blend the spy-versus-spy machinations of John le Carré with the high farce of Evelyn Waugh."

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