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Agent Zigzag by Ben Macintyre
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Jun 20, 11

Read from June 13 to 20, 2011

Reviewed by Jared:
Having just read the fiction novel "Eye of the Needle" which dealt with espionage and counterespionage during World War II, it was an interesting contrast to read "Agent Zigzag" which dealt with the same from a non-fiction standpoint. And Mark Twain was correct, truth IS stranger than fiction. If Agent Zigzag was a fiction novel, I would've characterized it as too outlandish to be believable. Agent Zigzag (aka Eddie Chapman) was a British double agent who made repeated trips into Germany and German-occupied France. He seemed to find a new woman on each trip to Britain and German territories, inevitably leaving them in the care of the occupying army, including payments made to the women! He repeatedly put his life on the line in the service of a nation whose police would imprison him for life if they could get their hands on him for his crimes before the war. And despite his dealings with the British, his closest relationship is with his German handler!

For anyone interested in spy/espionage novels, or an interest in World War II, this is a HIGHLY recommended read.
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