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4.1 out of 54.1 out of 54.1 out of 54.1 out of 54.1 out of 5 4.10 (21 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: October 2007 ISBN: 9781415942888
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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 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 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 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 Dawn | 1/23/2014

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 kappel | 1/22/2014

    " Excellent book, gives a very interesting insight into a, shall we say, versatile personality and the way he maneuvers no matter where he is. I also found the accounts of the establishments of wartime Britain and Germany intriguing, as well as the very clear picture of the social hierarchies. Recommended! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Victoria Roe | 1/20/2014

    " Really enjoyed this. I don't know what I was expecting, but it achieved a great balance between interesting detail about espionage during WW2 and actually being an interesting story. I'd definitely recommend this - it's a very interesting and engaging book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill Sleeman | 1/17/2014

    " Macintyre is a great author and a fantastic researcher. This book moves at a pace that is almost novel like in its telling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian T | 12/4/2013

    " While I wouldn't state that this is anywhere near "the best book ever" it was a fun read and a good story. The main character had a fascinating life as a crook, as a German prisoner, and as a double-agent for the Nazis and the British... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa P | 7/2/2013

    " Wonderful. You don't have to be a history buff or a spy/thriller genre reader. This meticulously researched story is more astounding than fiction, a page-turner. The author knows how to tell a story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan G | 2/4/2013

    " Nonfiction but written more like a mystery. Fascinating story of petty criminal turned double-agent in World War II. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jody | 1/26/2013

    " Fascinating book. I've been on a WWII kick lately, and this nonfiction-that-reads-like-a-spy-thriller fit right in. As always, my complaint is I wanted more, more, more! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melinda Seyler | 1/24/2013

    " Like the cover says, it's a story of Nazi espionage. Eddie Chapman was a low life criminal & con man who became one of the most successful double-agents in the Second World War. The story of the deception and what he accomplished is really quite incredible. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joan | 1/3/2013

    " I read this because it was the same author as Operation Mincemeat. I was a little disappointed. I didn't like the main subject, or maybe it was just that I wasn't made to care about him. A story for real WWII buffs, but not quite my type of English breakfast tea. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny | 7/30/2012

    " The entertaining true (almost too fantastic to be true) story of a British double agent and his exploits. A movie about his life would be more entertaining than a James Bond film. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bill Flanagan | 4/17/2012

    " Interesting story, very detailed, written well but not a page burner. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shane | 3/20/2011

    " Great read. Very entertaining and well researched. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 11/4/2010

    " It's nonfiction written like a spy novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kipahni | 8/19/2010

    " His life is a movie! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thomas Allen | 5/23/2010

    " This is the story of the most twisted and unpredictable guy I've ever rooted for. I really enjoyed this book as I continuously wondered which side this guy was really on, and hoped he was on our side. This was another audiobook for me that I just could not turn off. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nick Cassells | 2/28/2010

    " Ben Macintyre is an excellent storyteller, researcher and brings real characters to life so well. His humour is great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 5/5/2008

    " True story of a British double agent. Or was he a triple agent? "

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About the Author
Author Ben MacIntyre

Ben Macintyre is writer-at-large and associate editor of the Times of London. He is the author of Agent Zigzag, The Man Who Would Be King, The Englishman’s Daughter, The Napoleon of Crime, and Forgotten Fatherland. He lives in London with his wife, the novelist Kate Muir, and their children.

About the Narrator

John Lee, a stage actor and writer and a coproducer of feature films, has narrated more than one hundred audiobooks of every conceivable genre, earning some three dozen Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award.