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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (39 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lucas Delattre Narrator: Michael Prichard Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A work of remarkable scholarship that moves with the swift pace of a John le Carre thriller, A Spy at the Heart of the Third Reich is a chilling addition to the literature of espionage. In 1943 a young official named Fritz Kolbe from the German foreign ministry arranged to meet with Allen Dulles, then an OSS officer in Switzerland and later the director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

Kolbe had decided to betray his country. Over the next two years, Kolbe passed on countless valuable documents about German war efforts by tying the pages to his thigh and praying to avoid customs searches. He described the location of munitions factories and relayed diplomatic reports on Germany’s intelligence operations and relations with other Axis nations like Romania and nominally neutral countries like Spain.

Viewed by many Germans as a traitor, he was erased from the history books and, after Hitler’s fall, his diplomatic career came to an end. Drawing on recently declassified materials at the National Archives in Washington and Kolbe’s personal archives, Lucas Delattre has written an extraordinary tale of an ordinary man who knew the most valuable service he could provide his country was to betray it.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The first full-scale biography of Kolbe, one of the major Allied agents in Nazi Germany…Delattre has supplemented his firsthand experience with extensive research and is terrific on conditions in Germany during the war.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Tales of espionage have always proven enthralling, and while there are numerous accounts of American, Soviet, and British spies during World War II, documentation of German spies is rarer…Thanks to the risks that Kolbe took, the Allies learned a great deal.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Laura Roden | 2/21/2013

    " well... I tried to read it... I got a little bored. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sydnee | 9/28/2012

    " An amazing story about the difference one person can make! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by David Wardell | 12/7/2011

    " Unfamiliar World War II story of a minor German official who passed extensive information to the Allies. Many historians routinely dismiss such sources as marginally helpful to the war effort, hence this viewpoint is an interesting alternate view. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Thomas | 5/19/2010

    " A truly fascinating tale told in satisfying detail about an aspect of World War II kept classified for fifty years. "

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About the Author

Lucas Delattre is Head of Communication at Institut Français de la Mode, and is a graduate of the Ecole Normale Supérieure. He worked as a foreign correspondent and journalist in Germany and then on the foreign desk at Le Monde in Paris. He is the author of A Spy at the Heart of the Third Reich.