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Agent Garbo

The Brilliant, Eccentric Secret Agent Who Tricked Hitler and Saved D-Day
Talty, Stephan (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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Authors: Talty, Stephan
Title: Agent Garbo
the brilliant, eccentric secret agent who tricked Hitler and saved D-Day
Publisher: Boston ; New York : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2012]
Characteristics: xvi, 301 pages, [8] plates ;,24 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Contents: Pt. I. The Making of a Spy
1. Tom Mix in Barcelona
2. The Training Ground
3. Araceli
4. The white city 5. The Game
6. The Snakepit
Pt. II. Garbo's Rise
7. A Fresh Riot of Ideas
8. The System
9. The Debut
10. The Blacks and the Santa Clauses
11. The Rehearsal
Pt. III. The Far Shore
12. The Dry Run
13. An Intimate Deception
14. Haywire
15. The Interloper
16. The Ghost Army
17. The Backdrop
18. The Build-Up
19. The Prisoner
20. The Hours
21. The Weapon
Pt. IV. Breakoff
22. The End
23. The Return
ISBN: 0547614810
9780547614816
Statement of Responsibility: Stephan Talty
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (pages [281]-283) and index
Subject Headings: Spies Great Britain Biography World War, 1939-1945 Secret service Great Britain Pujol, Juan
Topical Term: Spies
World War, 1939-1945
LCCN: 2012005470
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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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