Double Cross by Ben Macintyre
The True Story of the D-Day Spies

79%

16 Critic Reviews

Macintyre effortlessly weaves the agents’ deliciously eccentric personalities with larger wartime events to shape a tale that reads like a top-notch spy thriller.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF A SPY AMONG FRIENDS   

   On June 6, 1944, 150,000 Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy and suffered an astonishingly low rate of casualties. A stunning military accomplishment, it was also a masterpiece of trickery. Operation Fortitude, which protected and enabled the invasion, and the Double Cross system, which specialized in turning German spies into double agents, tricked the Nazis into believing that the Allied attacks would come in Calais and Norway rather than Normandy. It was the most sophisticated and successful deception operation ever carried out, ensuring Allied victory at the most pivotal point in the war. This epic event has never before been told from the perspective of the key individuals in the Double Cross system, until now. Together they made up one of the oddest and most brilliant military units ever assembled.

 

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 July 31, 2012 by Broadway Books. 416 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, War, Other, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for Double Cross
All: 16 | Positive: 12 | Negative: 4

NY Times

Below average
Reviewed by ALEXANDER ROSE on Aug 31 2012

A gem, we may say, “Double Cross” certainly is, albeit flawed. If its color and clarity are exceptional, valuable carats are lost because of Macintyre’s attempt to maximize brilliance at the expense of heft.

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by Simon Winder on Mar 29 2012

Macintyre's enthralling book about their deceits... follows five maverick spies with huge skill and panache.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
May 14 2012

Macintyre effortlessly weaves the agents’ deliciously eccentric personalities with larger wartime events to shape a tale that reads like a top-notch spy thriller.

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Washington Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Joseph Goulden on Jul 31 2012

Ben Macintyre’s factual account is more gripping than what you will find anywhere else. It is a story unsurpassed in the long history of intelligence.

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Entertainment Weekly

Excellent
Reviewed by Thom Geier on Aug 01 2012

Macintyre never loses sight of the main plot — and British intelligence's remarkable triumph in building a grand deception that boosted the success of D-Day.

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The Washington Post

Excellent
Reviewed by David Ignatius

If you ask what difference secrets make in the world and why they are worth keeping, “Double Cross” will be an education.

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The Independent

Excellent
Reviewed by Boyd Tonkin on Apr 06 2012

...the latest of his enjoyable and engrossing books about wartime subterfuge and deception

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The Telegraph

Good
Reviewed by Antony Beevor on Apr 30 2012

Ben Macintyre...has excelled himself with a cast of extraordinary characters and in his storytelling abilities.

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The Telegraph

Excellent
Reviewed by James Owen on Apr 09 2012

...this is the most comprehensive and readable account of an exploit which long deserves to be remembered.

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Christian Science Monitor

Excellent
Reviewed by Terry Hartle on Aug 07 2012

This is a wonderfully entertaining, cleverly written story. It is, of course, about much more than double agents...But no novelist could possibly invent such a story line and amazing cast of characters.

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The Boston Globe

Excellent
Reviewed by Matthew Price on Jul 28 2012

...Macintyre is a supremely gifted storyteller. He spins quite a yarn. His books are absurdly entertaining.

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San Francisco Chronicle

Below average
Reviewed by John Wilwol on Jul 30 2012

Macintyre's first two installments...are more tightly focused than "Double Cross," which gets a little confusing with all the deception.

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Deseret News

Below average
Reviewed by Cody Carlson on Jul 12 2012

...too often he sacrifices focus as he leaps from one story to the next without ever quite giving any its due, or lingering too long while laboring to get to the point.

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The Miami Herald

Below average
Reviewed by Mary Ann Gwinn on Aug 05 2012

Double Cross suffers from the usual hazards of group biography — at times it’s hard to track who’s doing what, as the deception becomes progressively more complex and dangerous.

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Times Dispatch

Excellent
Reviewed by Doug Childers on Jul 29 2012

Throw in nail-biting suspense and the occasional decadent Nazi...and, with Macintyre in charge, you're virtually guaranteed a history book that reads like a spy novel.

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Leeds Student

Good
Reviewed by Joe Bookbinder

Double Cross is heartily recommended to anyone who has an interest in history, but, this is a fascinating account of the enduring powers of the human spirit, and is, moreover, recommended to anyone with a soul.

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