Double Cross: The True Story of the D-Day Spies

Double Cross: The True Story of the D-Day Spies

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By (author) Ben Macintyre

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  • Publisher: Random House Inc
  • Format: Hardback | 416 pages
  • Dimensions: 163mm x 236mm x 38mm | 726g
  • Publication date: 31 July 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0307888754
  • ISBN 13: 9780307888754
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Illustrations note: 2 16-PAGE B&W INSERTS
  • Sales rank: 250,394

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In his celebrated bestsellers "Agent Zigzag "and "Operation Mincemeat," Ben Macintyre told the dazzling true stories of a remarkable WWII double agent and of how the Allies employed a corpse to fool the Nazis and assure a decisive victory. In "Double Cross," Macintyre returns with the untold story of the grand final deception of the war and of the extraordinary spies who achieved it. On June 6, 1944, 150,000 Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy and suffered an astonishingly low rate of casualties. D-Day was a stunning military accomplishment, but 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, deceived the Nazis into believing that the Allies would attack at Calais and Norway rather than Normandy. It was the most sophisticated and successful deception operation ever carried out, ensuring that Hitler kept an entire army awaiting a fake invasion, saving thousands of lives, and securing an Allied victory at the most critical juncture in the war. The story of D-Day has been told from the point of view of the soldiers who fought in it, the tacticians who planned it, and the generals who led it. But this epic event in world history has never before been told from the perspectives of the key individuals in the Double Cross System. These include its director (a brilliant, urbane intelligence officer), a colorful assortment of MI5 handlers (as well as their counterparts in Nazi intelligence), and the five spies who formed Double Cross's nucleus: a dashing Serbian playboy, a Polish fighter-pilot, a bisexual Peruvian party girl, a deeply eccentric Spaniard with a diploma in chicken farming and a volatile Frenchwoman, whose obsessive love for her pet dog very nearly wrecked the entire plan. The D-Day spies were, without question, one of the oddest military units ever assembled, and their success depended on the delicate, dubious relationship between spy and spymaster, both German and British. Their enterprise was saved from catastrophe by a shadowy sixth spy whose heroic sacrifice is revealed here for the first time. With the same depth of research, eye for the absurd and masterful storytelling that have made Ben Macintyre an international bestseller, "Double Cross "is a captivating narrative of the spies who wove a web so intricate it ensnared Hitler's army and carried thousands of D-Day troops across the Channel in safety.

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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.

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"As in his earlier best-sellers about WWII-era spycraft, "Agent Zigzag" and "Operation Mincemeat," Macintyre writes with novelistic flair." - "Entertainment Weekly" "The story of D-Day - when 150,000 Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy - as it's never been told before....this amazing story shows how double agents and spies tricked the German army and saved thousands of Allied lives." - "New York Post" "Only with author Ben Macintyre's scintillating account has this complex human drama, with all its tortuous twists and turns, finally received the cinematic treatment it deserves....This is edge-of-the seat stuff." - "WWII Magazine" "With the same skill and suspense he displayed in "Operation Mincemeat" and "Agent Zigzag."...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" (starred) "Macintyre has written a tense, exciting real-life spy story that illuminates a largely obscure aspect of WWII." - "Booklist" "With his latest book, "Double Cross," Ben Macintyre tells the astonishing true story of a bizarre group of misfit spies who played a critical role in the success of D-Day. The stories in this book, many of which have never before been told, are nothing short of incredible. Skillfully woven together, they form one of the most gripping narratives I have ever read." - Candice Millard, author of "The River of Doubt" and "Destiny of the Republic" "Ben Macintyre and I work in the same period, and I should be reading him because he is such a scrupulous and insightful writer - a master historian. But, with "Double Cross" and his other excellent works, I always wind up reading him for pleasure. "Double Cross" may be his best yet, falling somewhere between top-class entertainment and pure addiction." - Alan Furst, author of "A Mission to Paris" "Ben Macintyre's spellbinding acco