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Operation Mincemeat: How a Dead Man and a Bizarre Plan Fooled the Nazis and Assured an Allied Victory Audiobook

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,675 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ben MacIntyre Narrator: John Lee Publisher: Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by 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 Review by 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 Review by 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 Review by 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. "

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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.