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3.00027203482046 out of 53.00027203482046 out of 53.00027203482046 out of 53.00027203482046 out of 53.00027203482046 out of 5 3.00 (3,676 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: May 2010 ISBN: 9780307735706
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In 1943, from a windowless basement office in London, two brilliant intelligence officers conceived a plan that was both simple and complicated— Operation Mincemeat. The purpose? To deceive the Nazis into thinking that Allied forces were planning to attack southern Europe by way of Greece or Sardinia, rather than Sicily, as the Nazis had assumed, and the Allies ultimately chose.
 
Charles Cholmondeley of MI5 and the British naval intelligence officer Ewen Montagu could not have been more different. Cholmondeley was a dreamer seeking adventure. Montagu was an aristocratic, detail-oriented barrister. But together they were the perfect team and created an ingenious plan: Get a corpse, equip it with secret (but false and misleading) papers concerning the invasion, then drop it off the coast of Spain where German spies would, they hoped, take the bait. The idea was approved by British intelligence officials, including Ian Fleming (creator of James Bond). Winston Churchill believed it might ring true to the Axis and help bring victory to the Allies.

Filled with spies, double agents, rogues, fearless heroes, and one very important corpse, the story of Operation Mincemeat reads like an international thriller.

Unveiling never-before-released material, Ben Macintyre brings the reader right into the minds of intelligence officers, their moles and spies, and the German Abwehr agents who suffered the “twin frailties of wishfulness and yesmanship.” He weaves together the eccentric personalities of Cholmondeley and Montagu and their near-impossible feats into a riveting adventure that not only saved thousands of lives but paved the way for a pivotal battle in Sicily and, ultimately, Allied success in the war.

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Quotes & Awards

  • New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Nonfiction, 2010
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A Los Angeles Times Bestseller
  • A Wall Street Journal Bestseller
  • A Washington Post Bestseller
  • An NPR Bestseller
  • A San Francisco Chronicle Bestseller
  • Winner of the 2010 Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award
  • A 2010 GoodReads Readers’ Choice Nominee for History and Biography

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alyson | 2/20/2014

    " I had no idea this happened, but I loved reading about it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sam | 2/15/2014

    " I thought this book was really good, what a great inside look at one of the best deceptions of WWII. Double agents, espionage, counter-intelligence, what more could you need from a book called Operation Mincemeat? Thoroughly enjoyed it and even if you don't like wartime history books, you should still pick this one to read, it is well worth it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marilee | 2/13/2014

    " A book about an operation led by MI-5 that resulted in success in the invasion of Sicily in WWII. It was exciting to read from start to finish. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Patricia | 2/9/2014

    " I had a hard time figuring out why people love this book so much.... the basic story is fascinating, but there is far too much information for me. I had to just skim the last 100 pages, and if I had started doing that 100 pages earlier I would have been happier. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John Dibari | 1/28/2014

    " Simply great. Do you like true WWII stories that changed the course of the war for the better? Especially ones that are almost too off the wall to be true, but are? Then you HAVE TO read this one. Just incredible!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rod Zemke | 1/28/2014

    " An interesting account telling the reader how the Allies mislead the Axis during WWII. A very good story with good writing, but no David Halberstam. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 1/25/2014

    " Good! I was concerned it would get dreary after a while, but the author managed to keep the story engaging even through almost overwhelming amounts of information. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ron | 1/19/2014

    " Good book but it ran on a little long in parts. It's amazing the amount of work and luck that went into Operation Mincemeat. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Glenys | 1/11/2014

    " This is a well researched true story which is much stranger than fiction. "You couldn't make it up! " Packed with incident and a cast of extraordinary and eccentric characters. Love this page-turner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darren Hosken | 10/21/2013

    " True life spy story that reads like fiction,fantastic. Thoroughly recommend it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurie | 9/19/2013

    " This was a fascinating recount of a true but insanely movie-like espionage plot in WWII that was very successful. However, it proved a poor choice for an audiobook. The massive level of detail made it hard to follow just listening to it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lois | 9/5/2013

    " Superbly written and researched,this is the sort of story that makes me love history! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Molly | 8/28/2013

    " Oh, to be an upper class, white, British man in World War II, working for MI5. It appears that that was the life. Extremely entertaining book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elliott Petty | 8/25/2013

    " Interesting story, but it didn't have as much "can't put it down" suspense as I might have hoped for. I picked it up and put it down 3-4 times over a year. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 raul | 7/19/2013

    " Absurdly entertaining.... a great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy :) | 3/10/2013

    " Great book for those who like history. Goes into a lot of detail regarding this specific operation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ryan Miller | 5/22/2012

    " One of the best WWII books I've ever read. Fun to read the whole way through! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Loren | 3/23/2012

    " An incredibly well put together history of one of the most unique stories of WWII. I highly recommend it - a history book with the feel of a good novel. Do not pass it up "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ron Burch | 8/17/2011

    " One of my rare forays into nonfiction. The title basically says it all. Interesting account but starts to slow down about two-thirds of the way through after the ruse works. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patderock | 6/19/2011

    " Extremely fascinating book about some very out-of-the-box thinking to create opportunities and advantages in time of war. Very good read! Almost like reading a military fiction, except it's all real. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tania | 12/6/2010

    " This was perhaps not the best book to listen to as an audio book. I found myself missing what were probably crucial details in the complicated story and getting lost in what they were talking about. It is an interesting piece of history, but this book will require your full attention. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ruffin | 11/6/2010

    " stranger than fiction! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol Collier | 10/23/2010

    " I really enjoyed this book. It gave me a new respect for the British Intelligence Agency in WWII. QUite a fascinating story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dale | 7/14/2010

    " A great story of how the British deceived the Germans into thinking the D-Day invasion would be from the Mediterranean area. "

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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 has read more than 100 audiobooks. His work has garnered multiple Earphones Awards and won AudioFile‘s Best Voice in Fiction & Classics in both 2008 and 2009. He also narrates video games, does voice-over work, and writes plays. He is also an accomplished stage actor and has written and co-produced the feature films Breathing Hard and Forfeit. He played Alydon in the 1963–64 Doctor Who serial The Daleks.