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    DescriptionOne April morning in 1943, a sardine fisherman spotted the corpse of a British soldier floating in the sea off the coast of Spain and set in train a course of events that would change the course of the Second World War. Operation Mincemeat was the most successful wartime deception ever attempted, and certainly the strangest. It hoodwinked the Nazi espionage chiefs, sent German troops hurtling in the wrong direction, and saved thousands of lives by deploying a secret agent who was different, in one crucial respect, from any spy before or since: he was dead. His mission: to convince the Germans that instead of attacking Sicily, the Allied armies planned to invade Greece. The brainchild of an eccentric RAF officer and a brilliant Jewish barrister, the great hoax involved an extraordinary cast of characters including a famous forensic pathologist, a gold-prospector, an inventor, a beautiful secret service secretary, a submarine captain, three novelists, a transvestite English spymaster, an irascible admiral who loved fly-fishing, and a dead Welsh tramp. Using fraud, imagination and seduction, Churchill's team of spies spun a web of deceit so elaborate and so convincing that they began to believe it themselves. The deception started in a windowless basement beneath Whitehall. It travelled from London to Scotland to Spain to Germany. And it ended up on Hitler's desk. Ben Macintyre, bestselling author of Agent Zigzag, weaves together private documents, photographs, memories, letters and diaries, as well as newly released material from the intelligence files of MI5 and Naval Intelligence, to tell for the first time the full story of Operation Mincemeat.


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    Title
    Operation Mincemeat
    Subtitle
    The True Spy Story That Changed the Course of World War II
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Ben Macintyre
    Physical properties
    Format: CD-Audio
    Width: 129 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 24 mm
    Weight: 243 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781408812587
    ISBN 10: 1408812584
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: BIO
    BIC subject category V2: HBWQ
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JJH
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1D
    BIC subject category V2: HBLW, HBJD, BTM
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T18.2
    BIC subject category V2: JWKF
    DC22: 940.548641
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027100, HIS010000, HIS037070
    BIC subject category V2: 3JJH, 1D
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027000, BIO008000
    Thema V1.0: NHWR7, NHD, NHWL, DNXM, JWKF
    Publisher
    Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
    Imprint name
    Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
    Publication date
    07 June 2010
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    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 seven previous books including Agent Zigzag, the story of wartime double-agent Eddie Chapman, which was shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award and the Galaxy British Book Award for Biography of the Year 2008. He lives in London with his wife and three children.
    Review quote
    'John Lee narrates at the cracking pace that the narrative deserves, leaving the listener breathless and agog' Christina Hardyment, The Times 'Ben Macintyre, also the author of the acclaimed Agent Zigzag, is fast becoming a one-man industry in these updated tales of cunning, bravery and skulduggery. With his mix of meticulous research and a good hack's eye for narrative, it is hard to think of a better guide to keep beckoning us back to that fascinating world' Observer 'Even more spellbinding than his previous story of wartime espionage, Agent Zigzag, with a cast-list every bit as dotty and colourful ... Macintyre is a master of the thumbnail character sketch' Mail on Sunday 'Astonishing ... sheds riveting new light on this breathtaking plan' Daily Mail