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, Read by John Lee

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  • Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
  • Format: CD-Audio | 10 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 150mm x 25mm | 272g
  • Publication date: 31 July 2012
  • ISBN 10: 0307990435
  • ISBN 13: 9780307990433
  • Edition: Unabridged
  • Edition statement: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 630,393

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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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"It should be said loud and clear that Macintyre is a supremely gifted storyteller. He spins quite a yarn. His books are absurdly entertaining. I would kill for his keen wit. He takes us into a world of bounders, spivs, roues, and men (and women) on the make...."Double Cross" is a blast." - "Boston Globe ""Forget fiction when you are buying beach reading this summer. Ben Macintyre's factual account is more gripping than what you will find anywhere else. It is a story unsurpassed in the long history of intelligence." - "Washington Times ""Macintyre at once exalts and subverts the myths of spycraft, and has a keen eye for absurdity" - "New Yorker " "[A] complex, absorbing final installment in his trilogy about World War II espionage....Macintyre is a master storyteller. Employing a wry wit and a keen eye for detail, he delivers an ultimately winning tale fraught with European intrigue and subtle wartime heroics." - "San Francisco Chronicle" "Superb....the story comes alive again in all its stupendous, unimaginable duplicity....intensely readable" - "Washington Post " "A wonderfully entertaining story of deception and trickery that is told with verve and wit....Macintyre's early books about espionage in World War II have been bestsellers, and this will be no exception." - "Christian Science Monitor" "Macintyre revels in the surreal aspects of his story, writing with a breezy, almost tongue-in-cheek style. But the author is also adept at communicating the seriousness and the stakes of the underlying game....Nail-biting and chuckle-inducing reading." - "Columbus Dispatch" "Another captivating, improbably fresh story of World War II...."Double Cross" is ennobling, invigorating and, above all, entertaining. Macintyre's research is impressive, as is his ability to shape disparate facts into a breathless page-turner....Throw in nail-biting suspense and the occasional decadent Nazi (fickle mistress optional) and, with Macintyre i