Elli's Reviews > Operation Mincemeat: How a Dead Man and a Bizarre Plan Fooled the Nazis and Assured an Allied Victory

Operation Mincemeat by Ben Macintyre
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Jun 19, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: england, espionage, germany, historical, world-war-2

This was wonderful! Seemed to be where the novel meets non-fiction. There's something in the requirements of successfully gathering intelligence, disseminating false information with an objective in mind (and if successfully winning world war II isn't an objective, I don't know what is). Imagination is required, monitoring that information, translating what you get from how you get it, and making use of it. The British Intelligence system is the originating background (M15 & M16) for this. Agent Zig Zag, an extremely likeable and clever natural criminal reset as a double agent by this same organization was the first novel of this series, and Operation Mincemeat is another incredible project. A dead man recast as a supposed high level military officer and courier of sensitive information to fool the Axis powers into believing that the allied attack was going to be at another place until the real one had happened. And through hair raising adventures, fantastically interesting and fun people, plenty of humor, a bit of romance, a few mistakes that somehow worked out anyway anyway, it did! There's something of the excitement of a small town childhood big neighborhood game of "kick the can" with everyone going every which way, some organized, always the rope tight tension and building up more. If the subject itself is of interest, this book is highly recommended.

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