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Agent Zigzag by Ben Macintyre
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Dec 01, 08

Read in November, 2008

This is a splendid biography of Eddie Chapman, who went from small-time criminal to double-agent for the British during World War II while never fully abandoning his anti-establishment urges. Chapman performed many wartime feats of derring-do, and although his main allegiance appeared to lie with the Allies, he was was also trusted and rewarded by the German Abwehr; after the war, he even invited one of his principal German contacts to attend his daughter's wedding. This multi-facted and multi-talented man clearly saved many lives for the Allies, but in the end was forced out of his career as a consummate British spymaster.

In preparing this biography, the author Ben Macintyre was granted access to recently declassified files, and his mastery and presentation of the material is astonishing. In addition to Chapman, there is a terrific cast of characters here, and I doubt that any fictional thriller could be more captivating than this true story.
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