This is a dandy WW2 espionage book and true. Fiction could not be more strange than this story. Pujol (code name Garbo because he was such a magnificent actor) and other spies created deception and diversion. Garbo had the Germans convinced he was the real thing - a Hitler lover who had access to the highest levels of Allied intelligence. Together with the Brits and then the Yanks, they created a deception that was staggering in its bravado. Many many thousands of lives were saved and the Allies were able to hold their beach head because the Germans believed Normandy was a hoax and Pas de Calais was the real front. Eisenhower knew of him, as did Montgomery and Churchill.
"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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