Agent Zigzag

  • Title: Agent Zigzag
  • Author: Ben Macintyre
  • ISBN: 9780747587941
  • Page: 316
  • Format: Hardcover
  • [PDF] Agent Zigzag | by ✓ Ben Macintyre - Agent Zigzag, Agent Zigzag Eddie Chapman rogue criminal confidence trickster hero to both sides and betrayer of all At the start of the Second World War Chapman was recruited by the German Secret Service He was a highly pri
    [PDF] Agent Zigzag | by ✓ Ben Macintyre - Agent Zigzag, Agent Zigzag Eddie Chapman rogue criminal confidence trickster hero to both sides and betrayer of all At the start of the Second World War Chapman was recruited by the German Secret Service He was a highly pri

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    Agent Zigzag

    About Ben Macintyre


    1. Ben Macintyre is a columnist and Associate Editor on The Times He has worked as the newspaper s correspondent in New York, Paris and Washington He is the author of nine previous books including Agent Zigzag, shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award and the Galaxy British Book Award for Biography of the Year 2008, and the no 1 bestsellers A Spy Among Friends, Operation Mincemeat and Double Cross.


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    1. War was coming, everyone said so, but the dining room of the Hotel de la Plage was a place of pure peace that sunny Sunday Beyond the golden beach, the waves flickered among a scatter of tiny islands, as Eddie and Betty ate trifle off plates with smart blue crests Eddie was halfway through telling another funny story when he froze A group of men in overcoats and brown hats had entered the restaurant and one was now in urgent conversations with the headwaiter Before Betty could speak, Eddie stood [...]

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    2. If you re looking for an even handed recounting and reflections on this book, you should probably check out Jeffrey Keeten s stellar review it has lots of pictures and everything However, if you re looking for my favorite moments of skullduggery along with the occasional pop culture parallel , then you re in the right spot.Eddie Chapman codename ZigZag was, among other things, the head of the Jelly Gang they used gelignite to break into safes , a bit of a lady s man living in the world of pimps [...]

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    3. Rating Clarification 3.5 StarsWhile not as interesting a read as Macintyre s Operation Mincemeat How a Dead Man and a Bizarre Plan Fooled the Nazis and Assured an Allied Victory, the true story of double agent Eddie Chapman still had its moments Chapman was a thief, a con man, a ladies man with a girl in every port, so to speak and a hustler.I liked him immensely.What a charming rogue The kind of guy you d like to have drinks with, but not the kind you d take home to mother thanks, Rick James.An [...]

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    4. Oh dear One third of my way through Agent Zigzag, and I am going to have to give up reading it I cannot bear the And this happened, and then this happened, and then this happened Boys Own stodge a minute longer I have indigestion and a headache.One good thing has emerged from this failed reading I realise I don t much like biographies and autobiographies There have been a couple that really shone for me, but it s a genre I often find myself struggling with I find them plodding perhaps due to the [...]

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    5. Quite an adventure Eddie Chapman was charming, handsome, smart, cunning and manipulative and able to play both ends against the middle To this day no one is sure how he really played the game, although Great Britain benefited the most from Eddie s talentsat is with the exception of Eddie himself.A word should be said about Britain s MI5 unit After reading this book and Operation Mincemeat by the same author, it would appear that Great Britain had the best Military Intelligence unit in WWII They [...]

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    6. 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 tale [...]

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    7. On my way to work, a co worker asked me what I was reading so avidly I replied Agent ZigZag It s about a British bank robber who is stuck in WWII occupied Europe, volunteers to be a spy for the Germans, parachutes into Britain and immediately calls MI5 to volunteer to work for them instead So fiction then my co worker replied No way, they can t write fiction this absurd It d never get published in a later chapter, an MI5 interrogator wrote almost that same line into Eddie Chapman s files.The thi [...]

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    8. I really want to rate this book 3 stars, but it was a lot of fun to read It s not the best writing and the amount of detail is cumbersome at times, but it moves briskly The plot is instantly intriguing Eddie Chapman, a small time crook, is jailed by the English and enslaved by the Nazis when they conquer the Channel Islands Because of his safe cracking and explosives experience, he offers to serve as a spy for the Germans In due time, his request is honored, and he begins training in the French [...]

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    9. John le Carre perfectly described this book, Superb Meticulously researched, splendidly told, immensely entertaining, and often very moving I ll just add that this is one helluva book It made me laugh, it broke my heart and it blew my mind away Ben Macintyre is the kind of storyteller that I can only dream of becoming Zigzag is, by himself a highly entertaining and compelling character, but he truly came alive for me with this book And although a complicated story that was undoubtedly extremely [...]

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    10. 15 10 A fascinating tale of British and German espionage during WWII The quote from John Le Carre on the front cover, describing the book as Superb Meticulously researched, splendidly told, immensely entertaining and often very moving is absolutely correct I did find the story moving , but mostly only in that the treatment of Chapman by his second handler, after Reed was sent to France, was atrocious and mostly inspired by what I see as Ryde s jealousy over Chapman s success with women and the i [...]

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    11. I picked this up having very much enjoyed Operation Mincemeat by the same author, and this was similarly interesting and absorbing Despite not being as familiar with the background story or maybe, because of it as compared to the aforementioned other book, it took a while to get into this similar non fictional tale of WWII military espionage, but it developed into a very satisfying and educational story The book centres around a British man, Eddie Chapman, and his subsequent involvement after th [...]

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    12. Really excellent story, would have given it three stars if Chapman s life weren t so interesting because I think the author sort of dumbed it down at points and he could have gone into detail on the backgrounds of the individuals involved, also the organization of the information got a little convoluted at times I understand that he didn t want to do a full backstory every time a new person came into play, but inserting several chapters between name and history meant at times I was flipping bac [...]

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    13. Exciting, fast, beautifully executed, a bit thin in the final analysis.

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    14. A jawdropping read about a small time criminal and con artist turned double agent in WW2 Chapman was a horrible selfish sociopathic exploiter and all round scumbag He was in prison on Jersey, taken to a German prison camp after the invasion, volunteered to be a spy for the Nazis, trained in sabotage and espionage, sent back to Britain, where he promptly handed himself in and set out to become a double agent, working for the British and blowing up the German spy networks in the UK such as they we [...]

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    15. AGENT ZIGZAG A True Story of Nazi Espionage, Love, and Betrayal 2007 Ben Macintyre This is the extremely well written story about a double agent working for England during the Second World War His code name was Zigzag, although his real name was Eddie Chapman although he used a variety of aliases during his career Chapman was recruited and trained by the Nazis to work for them When he was out of spy school, and made his first trip to England parachuting in to a secluded spot he immediately turn [...]

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    16. A total page turner that bookends my top shelf How the world of spycraft really works And how funny it is, when it s not rabidly violent or psychopathological.The author was blessed with a priceless true story, but that s only the beginning I consider this the best history of WWII clandestine activities ever written, and quite possibly the best work of nonfiction I ve ever read Blindingly talented with superb timing and good taste, Ben Macintyre leads you from wartime Britain to France to Norway [...]

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    17. This is a good solid account of a very intriguing history Actual story of intel operations in wartorn Europe deception, deals, camouflage, disinformation, scams, trickery spymasters and double agents galore And with the protagonist a convicted felon, every trick has a few extra layers The tiniest details tell a lot when they wanted to convince the other side that a certain secret chunk of war technology was available, deadly and miniaturized for easy concealment, the British Secret Service set a [...]

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    18. High adventure, reading the chronicles of a double agent during WWII Our hero can you call him that is prone to cracking safes, jumping through windows, manipulating friends and seducing women by the busload Did I mention, he also carries the fates of both Germany and Britain on his back Expect a wildly careening, ribald series of chase scenes, foxy schemes, somber imprisonments, and explosions galore Oh, and prepare to have your moral and imaginative limits stretched and then stretched again.As [...]

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    19. A book that sports the blurb The best book ever written Alex Beam, Boston Globe is looking for a smackdown.Unless it s really very good.Agent Zigzag tells the tale of Eddie Chapman, bank robber and ladies man, who finds his Channel Island prison suddenly run by an occupying German army He offers to spy for the Nazis, and then while training in occupied France, memorizes as much as he can so he can give enemy information to the Brits.Chapman is an amazing character, as are his German and British [...]

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    20. Ben Macintyre s AGENT ZIGZAG is a gripping account of a double agent during World War Two, who must have been incredibly charming, because not only did he acquire three girlfriends waiting patiently for him in London, Oslo and the countryside of England, but he also managed to convince the German secret service that he was loyal to Hitler Never once did he falter when closely questioned by various German officers His courage and coolness are stunning when one considers what would have happened t [...]

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    21. The story of Eddie Chapman s work as a double agent during WWII is fascinating Eddie Chapman was a crook a smart, good looking, sweet talking crook In fact, when the Germans occupied the Channel Island known as Jersey, he was in prison He and a cell mate decided to offer to spy for the Germans so they could get out of prison and back to England Eddie, who could speak a bit of German and a bit French and knew something about explosives he liked to open safes with a little explosive material , wa [...]

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    22. This was a book I read for the Arlington Va, Westover Library book group for the month of June, 2012 It is a nonfiction story of a British counterspy who started working for the Germans but when sent to Britain to be a saboteur immediately contacts the British secret service to work as a counterspy The full story was only released in the 2000 s and the massive information that became available has been very skillfully used by this author This book was liked by every member of the approximately 1 [...]

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    23. I love good historical nonfiction, and Macintyre knows how to write He tells the story of Eddie Chapman, a charming English criminal who is jailed in France during World War II, becomes a spy for the Nazis, is sent back to England and turns himself into MI5 to become a double agent for the British The story is better than a spy novel, because it s true, and proves the old saying that truth is stranger than fiction Chapman goes back and forth between the British and the Nazis, playing both sides, [...]

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    24. Damian Lewis reads the previously untold story of the charismatic Agent Zigzag, Britain s most extraordinary double agent.At the start of the war, British criminal Eddie Chapman is recruited by the German Secret Service He soon becomes a highly prized, and decorated, Nazi agent What the Germans don t know is that he is also working for MI5 image error He died on 20 December 1997, aged 83, from undisclosed causes.This could have been SO juicy, it s a real life spy story that s been stomped on and [...]

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    25. This agent was masterful at being himself Sounds confusing He was And his story is too Primarily because he was such an actor and so much a chameleon by nature that the core man was never fake.It s sounds impossible to have the verve and the bad boy nature to this extent over such a constantly transient life But Chapman lived it and in such a way that a decent goal in wartime became the real, rather than endless prison sentences.My own experience of enjoying this one It was good and the intrigue [...]

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    26. History like you wouldn t believe Literally, its unbelievable The most interesting part of this is probably the mystery that still surrounds Chapman, which side was he and his German handler really playing for Or were they playing for any side, or just their own I read this years ago, but I remember it lagging a bit in the middle since Chapman really isn t that great of a guy read total ass and being a bit frustrated with him Still, a good read.

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    27. I really enjoyed this, totally in my wheelhouse I didn t realize until I started reading that this author also wrote Operation Mincemeat, which I also liked His writing is engaging and the topic unique.

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    28. This was non fiction that reads like fiction, and I was gripped from the start As with Macintyre s other work, he tells a compelling, well researched story about the oddities of World War II in this case, a double agent who essentially walked up to his Nazi captors and asked to be a spy for them, only to volunteer his services for the British Macintyre explained how this balancing act was to occur, how to have Zigzag share enough credible information with the Nazis without blowing their agent s [...]

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    29. A quick read, great story, interesting characters, overall a fun read Already bought operation mincemeat, will be my next read.

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    30. I loved reading about this spy It s so interesting and mind boggling how it all worked out.

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