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Agent Garbo

The Brilliant, Eccentric Secret Agent Who Tricked Hitler and Saved D-Day

Talty, Stephan

(Book - 2012)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Agent Garbo
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Publisher: Boston ; New York : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2012]
ISBN: 0547614810
9780547614816
Characteristics: xvi, 301 pages, [8] plates ;,24 cm

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May 04, 2013
  • bibliotechnocrat rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Juan Pujol - a highly active and imaginative child - grew up in a privileged Barcelona family just before the advent of General Franco. Then, as a young man, he was traumatized and impoverished by the Spanish Civil War and developed a profound hatred of Fascism. Hitler's rise inspired Pujol to focus his considerable creative and imaginative energies on fighting the Third Reich. He became a double agent, feeding misleading information from the British directly to Berlin.

This novelistic treatment of a fascinating character, who stood at the crux of the deception efforts surrounding D-Day, is well worth your time. Pujol's story fills in the blanks about how the Allies hoodwinked Hitler into believing that Normandy was a feint (with the real invasion focused on Calais) until it was too late. It's an incredible story too improbable to be fiction. Recommended.

"This true-life thriller describes Juan Pujol, a poultry farmer who opposed the Nazis and concocted a series of staggering lies that led to his becoming one of Germany's most valued spies, while actually acting as a double-agent for the Allies." Biography and Memoir December 2012 newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=581155

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