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Agent 146: The True Story of a Nazi Spy in America

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  51 ratings  ·  12 reviews
The autobiography of one of the only Nazi spies to reach the USA. During 9/44 Germany is burning at both ends. The Reich is crumbling. Word has reached Berlin that the Americans are testing a secret weapon of unbelievable destruction, a weapon that will win the war. The Fuhrer himself calls upon Agent 146 in a last ditch effort to sabotage America's atomic program. Two mon...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published December 2nd 2003 by Berkley (first published 1957)
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Eric_W
Erich Gimpel, has written a fascinating account of what it must be like to spy in an enemy country during wartime. Gimpel, who spoke almost perfect American English after having lived in the States before the war, was dropped off near Ellsworth, Maine in 1944. Eventually captured, he came close to being hanged, but was paroled in the early fifties and published this memoir in 1957.

He came close to being caught moments after his landing. It was at night and snowing. He was wearing a trench coat a...more
David
Chanced on this slender pageturner and found it quite compelling. ("Nazi spy" is a bit sensationalist, by the way; Gimpel was not a party member.)

I was impressed with Gimpel's economy of phrase and dramatic control -- quite an achievement for a man who, though clearly well-educated, is not a writer by trade. He has a terrific eye for detail and the whole book has a certain droll air that makes you feel like you're hearing a master storyteller spin his web over cocktails. He spends some time inca...more
Sophie Schiller
Gimpel's book is a page turner. From his initial training in Berlin, where he's shown pictures of executed German spies and told about the risks he's going to take, to his crossing over the Atlantic via U-boat and attempts to blend into American society. Along the way, there are numerous mistakes and miscalculations, such as wearing the wrong clothes and shopping at the same news stand. There is also a romance and a few G-men on his tail. Never at any time does Gimpel lose his humanity even as h...more
Johanna Gail Tongco
Erich Gimpel's account on his journey as a Nazi spy is truly fascinating. We would learn a lot about history and also about his journey and insights towards the issues that were prevalent at his period.
Bob
Oct 19, 2013 Bob rated it 4 of 5 stars
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I had never thought about what it would be like to be a spy in a foreign country with which you are at war. Erich Gimpel had this experience, and he described it in close detail. He was good at his trade: Probably he would not have been captured had not his companion, Billy Colepaugh, told the FBI about him. Gimpel and Colepaugh were both convicted and sentenced to death, but they survived because the war was ending and Harry Truman commuted their sentences.

This is one of the most interesting W...more
Marc
Read this book if you want to understand how crummy a spy's life really is. Fascinating for the subject matter alone - a Nazi spy delivered to the U.S. on a u-boat - the book takes you in directions you wouldn't anticipate, making you hope the author eventually returned to some sort of a normal life, for pity's sake.
Amy
This book was SO cool!! Who doesn't love spies? And the real life story of a spy sent to sabatoge America....xD I loved when his contact told him that he should learn baseball
Craig
I never knew that a bona fide Nazi spy ever set foot on US soil until I read this. It was very, very good. Well written in first person, any fan of WWII accounts will enjoy this.
Pabloslist
Autobiography of one of the only Nazi spies to reach American soil. Sept. 1944. insight on schemes underway then
Tom Reynolds
Another amazing, and true, WWII espionage story that you really never hear about.
Emilio
Sep 09, 2010 Emilio is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Very good book, found out a lot of thing I did not know about WW2.
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