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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 Le Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged 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 parachuted into Britain with a revolver, a wireless, and a cyanide pill, with orders from the Abwehr to blow up an airplane factory. 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 who at one time volunteered to assassinate Hitler for his countrymen. 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. Both countries provided for the mother of his child and his mistress. 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.

A gripping story of loyalty, love, and treachery, Agent Zigzag offers a unique glimpse into the psychology of espionage, with its thin and shifting line between fidelity and betrayal.

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  • One of the 2007 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Nonfiction

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ted | 2/3/2014

    " Highly recommended for true crime and espionage buffs like me. "

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

    " What an amazing story! Whilst it may be difficult to admire the man and his character you can certainly admire his war. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Brian Delatorre | 1/25/2014

    " awesome book....truth is always stranger than fiction.........i really think the main character was truely just winging it , staying one step ahead of everyone!!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Steve Van Slyke | 1/25/2014

    " This was not a book that I ordinarily would have selected for myself. A friend loaned it to me and said I had to read it. I'm glad I did. It's fascinating story, almost Gump-like in the way the main character, Eddie Chapman, careens from a life of crime to being an agent for Nazi Germany, to double agent for the British and back to dabbling in crime while running a successful health spa and owning a castle in Ireland. And in every incarnation there seems to be a different woman that he is completely devoted to, even though he never totally forsakes the others. MacIntyre has done a great job of weaving all the various threads together into a coherent, flowing narrative. Tom Hanks purchased the film rights. "

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