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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,715 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ben MacIntyre Narrator: John Lee Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Eddie Chapman was a charming criminal, a con man, and a philanderer. He was also one of the most remarkable double agents Britain has ever produced. Inside the traitor was a man of loyalty; inside the villain was a hero. The problem for Chapman, his spymasters, and his lovers was to know where one persona ended and the other began.

In 1941, after training as a German spy in occupied France, Chapman was ordered from the Abwehr to blow up an airplane factory in Britain. Instead, he contacted MI5, the British Secret Service. For the next four years, Chapman worked as a double agent, a lone British spy at the heart of the German Secret Service. Crisscrossing Europe under different names, all the while weaving plans, spreading disinformation, and, miraculously, keeping his stories straight under intense interrogation, he even managed to gain some profit and seduce beautiful women along the way.

The Nazis feted Chapman as a hero and awarded him the Iron Cross. In Britain, he was pardoned for his crimes, becoming the only wartime agent to be thus rewarded. Sixty years after the end of the war, and ten years after Chapman’s death, MI5 has now declassified all of Chapman’s files, releasing more than 1,800 pages of top secret material and allowing the full story of Agent Zigzag to be told for the first time.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Paul Greenfield | 2/16/2014

    " Lovely real-life tale of a British petty criminal, Eddie Chapman, caught up in the 2nd world war who becomes an agent for the British and the Germans. His courage earnt him an Iron Cross from the Germans and a lot of respect from the British Secret Service. Good holiday read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tami | 1/29/2014

    " Was history this interesting when I was in school? I don't think so . . . "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Emma | 1/24/2014

    " half way through, fascinating, well written, and a true account of war time England 1939... with a double agent... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Dawn | 1/23/2014

    " Excellent book. He had an amazing life worth reading about. "

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