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    Description"NEW YORK TIMES" BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF "A SPY AMONG FRIENDS " Ben Macintyre's "Agent Zigzag "was hailed as "rollicking, spellbinding" ("New York Times"), "wildly improbable but entirely true" ("Entertainment Weekly"), and, quite simply, "the best book ever written" ("Boston Globe"). In his new book, "Operation Mincemeat," he tells an extraordinary story that will delight his legions of fans. In 1943, from a windowless basement office in London, two brilliant intelligence officers conceived a plan that was both simple and complicated-- Operation Mincemeat. The purpose? To deceive the Nazis into thinking that Allied forces were planning to attack southern Europe by way of Greece or Sardinia, rather than Sicily, as the Nazis had assumed, and the Allies ultimately chose. Charles Cholmondeley of MI5 and the British naval intelligence officer Ewen Montagu could not have been more different. Cholmondeley was a dreamer seeking adventure. Montagu was an aristocratic, detail-oriented barrister. But together they were the perfect team and created an ingenious plan: Get a corpse, equip it with secret (but false and misleading) papers concerning the invasion, then drop it off the coast of Spain where German spies would, they hoped, take the bait. The idea was approved by British intelligence officials, including Ian Fleming (creator of James Bond). Winston Churchill believed it might ring true to the Axis and help bring victory to the Allies. Filled with spies, double agents, rogues, fearless heroes, and one very important corpse, the story of Operation Mincemeat reads like an international thriller. Unveiling never-before-released material, Ben Macintyre brings the reader right into the minds of intelligence officers, their moles and spies, and the German Abwehr agents who suffered the "twin frailties of wishfulness and yesmanship." He weaves together the eccentric personalities of Cholmondeley and Montagu and their near-impossible feats into a riveting adventure that not only saved thousands of lives but paved the way for a pivotal battle in Sicily and, ultimately, Allied success in the war.


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    Title
    Operation Mincemeat
    Subtitle
    How a Dead Man and a Bizarre Plan Fooled the Nazis and Assured an Allied Victory
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Ben Macintyre
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 432
    Width: 132 mm
    Height: 201 mm
    Thickness: 30 mm
    Weight: 295 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780307453280
    ISBN 10: 0307453286
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: HBWQ
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.4
    BIC E4L: WAR
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 04
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Subject Code: HM
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/1940
    Libri: I-HM
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 940.548641
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25570
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027100
    DC21: 940.548641
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037070
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Approval Code: N44095000, A44403060
    DC22: 940.54/8641
    LC subject heading: , , , , , , , ,
    BISAC region code: 1.1.2.0.0.0.0
    LC classification: D810.S7 M246 2011
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Publisher
    BROADWAY BOOKS
    Imprint name
    BROADWAY BOOKS
    Publication date
    05 April 2011
    Publication City/Country
    New York, NY
    Author Information
    BEN MACINTYRE is a writer-at-large for "The Times" of London and the bestselling author of "A Spy Among Friends," "Double Cross, Operation Mincemeat," "Agent Zigzag," "The Napoleon of Crime," and "Forgotten Fatherland," among other books. Macintyre has also written and presented BBC documentaries of the wartime espionage trilogy.
    Review quote
    Praise for the U.S. edition: "Here, finally, is the complete story with its full cast of characters (not a dull one among them), pure cathnip to fans of World War II thrillers and a lot of fun for everyone else." "--"Joseph Kanon, "Washington Post Book World" "Brilliant and almost absurdly entertaining...The cast of characters involved in Mincemeat, as the caper was called, was extraordinary, and Macintyre tells their stories with gusto." "--"Malcolm Gladwell, "The New Yorker" "OPERATION MINCEMEAT is utterly, to employ a dead word, thrilling. But to call it thus is to miss the point slightly in terms of admiring it properly....What makes OPERATION MINCEMEAT so winning, in addition to Mr. Macintyre's meticulous research and the layers of his historical understanding, is his elegant, jaunty, and very British high style." "--"Dwight Garner, "New York Times " "Macintyre, whose previous book chronicled the incredible exploits of Eddie Chapman, the crook turned spy known as Zigzag, excels at this sort of twisted narrative....Great fun." "--"Jennet Conant, "New York Times Book Review " "A nearly flawless true-life picaresque...zeroes in on one of the few times in war history when excessive literary imagination, instead of hobbling a clandestine enterprise, worked beyond its authors' wildest dream....Almost inedibly rich with literary truffles--doppelgangers, obsession, transgression, self-fashioning....It is hard to oversate how cinematic this story really was." ""--"New Republic " "Another true WWII tale that reads like something by Ian Fleming....the fullest account yet." ""--"Entertainment Weekly " "London "Times "writer-at-large Macintyre offers a solid and entertaining updating of WWII's best-known 'human intelligence' operation....[and] recounts [the] adventures and misadventures with panache." "--Publishers Weekly " "[An] edge-of-your-seat history....unveiling previously classified files and e