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Giselle Jakobs' grandfather was the last person executed at the Tower of London. A family man who ran afoul of the Nazis, Josef Jakobs was ill-prepared for an espionage mission to England. Captured by the Home Guard after breaking his ankle, Josef was interrogated at Camp 020. Rejected as a double-agent, he was then prosecuted under the Treachery Act and executed by firing ...more
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published August 1st 2019 by The History Press
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Traugott Vitz
Dec 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Well, now, what would I say if someone asked me "tell me about the book you've just read"?

I'd say: "I loved it. The subject - Spies, World War Two etc - is one that I'm interested in anyway. And since it is well written and readable throughout, you'll lay it down (till next day) only when you're tired from digesting the enormous amount of subject matter.
But there's more to it.
The book is incredibly well researched, with footnotes all over the place to corroborate what the author claims to be
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Family Hinton
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I very much enjoyed reading this truly admirable book. It is a fascinating story, and Giselle Jakobs has done a tremendous job of researching and compiling all the complexities in a comprehensive, logical way and presenting them in a highly readable form. Her knowledge of the wider story of German spies in the UK during World War 2 is impressive and provides a fascinating context for the rather sad story of Josef Jakobs. The detail about the British emergency legislation and handling of the case ...more
Paul Laurence
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The history of state executions at the Tower of London is long and bloody. The sign ‘Traitor’s Gate’ over the Thames-side entrance to the castle certainly impressed itself on my young mind but it never occurred to me that the last execution was as recent as 1941. Nor did it occur to me that I might actually come to meet an off-spring of the unfortunate soul whose life ended at the Tower in a hail of bullets. ‘The Spy in the Tower’ is a thoroughly researched family history written by Canadian ...more
David Tremain
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Full disclosure: I have to confess that I was in some way instrumental in helping the author in getting her book published as I believed that it was an interesting story which should become public knowledge.
Joseph Jakobs was yet another pawn in the Germans' game of sending spies to Britain during WW2 and, as the title suggests, he came to a sticky end. His granddaughter, Giselle Jakobs, begins by documenting his early life and how he became involved with the Abwehr and German espionage. Like
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Richard M
This book was of interest to me as I was aware of the involvement of one of my relatives in Joseph's story.
The book is well written and is the result of a huge research effort on the part of his granddaughter, Giselle. I am in awe of how she managed to uncover all of the facts that she did in regard to Joseph's treatment as a spy, both before and after he landed in England.
Unfortunately for Joseph, humane treatment of one's enemies during conflict is not what you might expect of normal civilised
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Brian
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow! What an interesting story. This is a well written book about a familiar time in world history. The book is filled with technical/academic information and also unique stories about J. Jakobs' personal life, history and challenges he faced.

Nicely written, well thought out, and informative. A wonderful way to learn about the backstory and lives of some of the people living in Nazi Germany.
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Giselle Jakobs is the granddaughter of Josef Jakobs, the last person executed in the Tower of London. Acquiring a doctorate in ancient history (palaeontology) gave Giselle strong research skills which were indispensable in unearthing and tying together the threads of this complex story. A subsequent Master’s degree in theology and experience as a pastoral associate tempered the scientist with some ...more