Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. London Times associate editor Macintyre (The : Agent Zigzag: A True Story of Nazi Espionage, Love, and Betrayal eBook: Ben Macintyre: Kindle Store. 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 . Ben Macintyre’s Agent Zigzag is a superb account of a Second World War philanderer and spy, says Jonathan Bouquet.

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Actual story of intel operations in wartorn Europe See all books by Ben Macintyre.

When he was out of spy school, and made his first trip to England — parachuting in to a secluded spot — he immediately turned himself in to agents of MI5 and offered his services to them. Chapman loved himself, loved adventure, and loved his country, probably in that order”.

Jul 16, Julie Christine rated it really liked it Shelves: Crisscrossing Europe under different names, all the while weaving plans, spreading disinformation, and, miraculously, keeping his stories straight under intense interrogation, he even managed to gain some profit and seduce beautiful women along the way.

I did find the story ‘moving’, but mostly only in that the treatment of Chapman by his second handler, after Reed was sent to France, was atrocious and mostly inspired by what I see as Ryde’s jealousy over Chapman’s success with women and the importance of his role in the British war effort compared with Ryde’s own.

The book centres around a British man, Eddie Chapman, and his subsequent involvement I picked this up having very much enjoyed ‘Operation Mincemeat’ by the same author, and this was similarly interesting and absorbing. Dec 01, Chuck rated it really liked it.


There are endless delightful twists to the tale. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Inside the traitor was a man of loyalty; inside the villain was a hero.

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From the Compact Disc edition. Too bad Errol Flynn is dead. Blindingly talented with superb timing and good taste, Ben Macintyre leads you from wartime Britain to France to No A total page turner that bookends my top shelf.

Section B1Athe MI5 -backed department which had the task of capturing enemy agents and turning them into double agents, had discussed the best method of capturing Chapman agetn revealing Ultra.

Eddie Chapman

After nine months in the army, having been granted six days of leave, he ran away with a girl he met in Soho. The story of Eddie Chapman, spy and double agent during the Second World War was new to me, and it held my attention from start to finish. Lists with Zjgzag Book.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The British secret services had been aware of Chapman’s existence for some time, via Ultra decrypted German messagesand would know his date of departure. He was also one of the most remarkable double agents Britain has ever produced. He bne to spy for the Nazis, and then while training in occupied France, memorizes as much as he can so he macintye give enemy information to the Brits.

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I find them plodding — perhaps due to their commitment to chronological order and prosaic detail. My own experience of enjoying this one? Wikimedia Commons has media related to Eddie Chapman. Agent Zigzag by Ben Macintyre 3 stars 1 15 Sep 10, One of those nonfiction books that would not be believable as fiction, this is the story of Eddie Chapman, a criminal who became one of Britain’s best double agents.


Women were simply invisible to him. It is a remarkable cloak-and-dagger procedural and a fine tale of unusual wartime employment. Very promiscuous and prostitutes are mentioned. The late Eddie Chapman would have been delighted to at last capture the limelight denied him by the restrictions of his wartime profession.

Let out on bail, he fled to Jersey in the Channel Islandswhere he unsuccessfully attempted to continue his criminal career. England’s unit was structured differently from Germany’s – and this made for some interesting dynamics that I don’t want to get into here.

He carried a special photo of the gizmo shown next to a wooden inch-ruler, to show scale. In the s producer Ted Banborough announced plans to make a film about Chapman starring Michael Rennie or Stanley Bakerbut this did not go ahead. As I mentioned before Eddie had these loyalties to people that seemingly ran counter to his self-centered philosophies.

The Eddie Chapman Story”. Following the de Havilland subterfuge, B1A began preparations for Chapman’s return to his German handlers. It’s a better story than a book, but it’s fun. Betty Farmer caught a last glimpse of Eddie Chapman sprinting off down the beach with two overcoated men in pursuit.

After a crafty return to Germany, he made another parachute drop home to report on an anti-sub device and the accuracy of the new V-1 flying bomb.

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