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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: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Format: Paperback | 448 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 194mm x 36mm | 360g
  • Publication date: 30 August 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1408830620
  • ISBN 13: 9781408830628
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations, maps
  • Sales rank: 12,375

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D-Day, 6 June 1944, the turning point of the Second World War, was a victory of arms. But it was also a triumph for a different kind of operation: one of deceit...At the heart of the deception was the 'Double Cross System', a team of double agents whose bravery, treachery, greed and inspiration succeeded in convincing the Nazis that Calais and Norway, not Normandy, were the targets of the 150,000-strong Allied invasion force. These were not conventional warriors, but their masterpiece of deceit saved thousands of lives. Their codenames were Bronx, Brutus, Treasure, Tricycle and Garbo. This is their story.

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Ben Macintyre is a columnist and Associate Editor on The Times. He has worked as the newspaper's correspondent in New York, Paris and Washington. He is the author of eight previous books including Agent Zigzag, shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award and the Galaxy British Book Award for Biography of the Year 2008, and the no. 1 bestseller Operation Mincemeat. He lives in North London with his wife and three children.

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Utterly gripping Anthony Beevor, Daily Telegraph I have seldom enjoyed a spy story more than this one, and fiction will make dreary reading hereafter Max Hastings, Sunday Times Macintyre is a first-class narrative historian ... as pacy as a thriller and better written than most Sunday Telegraph Addictive and deeply moving Independent Enthralling ... A book so gripping that I even found myself reading it in lifts, frequently emitting snorts of incredulity. A reminder that heroism can be found in the most unlikely places Evening Standard This fascinating book finds a vivid and very human path through one of the greatest moments in our history Daily Mail