Double Cross

Double Cross

The True Story of the D-day Spies

Large Print - 2012
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" In his celebrated bestsellers Agent Zigzag and Operation Mincemeat , Ben Macintyre told the dazzling true stories of a remarkable WWII double agent and of how the Allies employed a corpse to fool the Nazis and assure a decisive victory. In Double Cross , Macintyre returns with the untold story of the grand final deception of the war and of the extraordinary spies who achieved it. /b> On June 6, 1944, 150,000 Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy and suffered an astonishingly low rate of casualties. D-Day was a stunning military accomplishment, but it was also a masterpiece of trickery. Operation Fortitude, which protected and enabled the invasion, and the Double Cross system, which specialized in turning German spies into double agents, deceived the Nazis into believing that the Allies would attack at Calais and Norway rather than Normandy. It was the most sophisticated and successful deception operation ever carried out, ensuring that Hitler kept an entire army awaiting a fake invasion, saving thousands of lives, and securing an Allied victory at the most critical juncture in the war. The story of D-Day has been told from the point of vie
Publisher: New York : Random House Large Print, [2012], [©2012]
Edition: First large print edition
ISBN: 9780307990686
0307990680
Branch Call Number: 940.54214 Ma
Description: 572 pages (large print) : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm

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Macintyre describes a strange group of misfit spies who played a key role in the success of D-Day by convincing Berlin that the Allies would attack the coast of France in the wrong place.


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303dog
Jul 30, 2019

Have to agree with jquick, seemed to drag on and on. The reader didn't put lots of inflection into the reading, so it was kind of like being at a lecture. While there was a "what happened to" at the end, because of the different identities of the characters, it was kind of difficult to determine who was who.

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jquick99
Apr 03, 2019

WW II European Theatre + spies = one of my fav topics.
However, this was a slog of a read.
I think due to too many characters ...and same person has several names + nothing much (ish) happens throughout the middle of the book. As much as I love this topic, even I was bored and thought the author dragged on too much.
And now that I think about it, did we get a “what ended up happening to each spy”? I don’t think so. I guess there you go...I finished the audio book just a few hours ago and have already forgotten and/or lost interest after D Day.

NOTE: The Spy and the Traitor by this author is fantastic. It will be on my Top 10 list this year. A Spy Among Friends is also 5 stars.

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SPSit
Sep 12, 2016

This is very well researched book. The irony is that during the Second World War, when there were so much hardship, including food rationing, these spies had lived a rather extravagant life style. Truly amazing.

rb3221 Sep 25, 2015

This is a story about the five key double cross spies (and about the mysterious sixth spy) who spent years deceiving the Germans into believing the D-Day invasion would take place at the Pas-de-Calais and Norway and not at Normandy. Truly an intricate, strong and eventually successful web of deception. Macintyre outlines how this very unusual crop of spies controlled and manipulated every single German agent and were turned by MI5 into double agents. In Churchill's own words it was "tangle within tangle, plot and counter-plot, ruse and false agent, cross and double-cross, true agent, false agent ... all woven into a texture so intricate as to be incredible and yet true." This sting, called Operation Fortitude, was truly ingenious even though the Aberwhr itself was riddled with incompetence, corruption and anti-Hitler sentiment. Perhaps that is one very valid reason why the spies were so successful.
The agents were at times very unprofessional and perhaps even a threat to D-Day but somehow their covers were not blown and in the author's view they saved thousands of lives, especially since as many as 22 German divisions remained at the Pas-de Calais even as the Normandy invasion was occurring.
This is a well written, easy to read non-fiction book that reads like fiction. I enjoyed it very much.

jootysun Aug 28, 2014

Perhaps I didn't give it a solid try. But a couple chapters in and I'm already dreading reading the book the next day. That's when you know you should stop.

The story is interesting in itself. However, Macintyre's writing style is verbose and the pacing is slow. What would have been a gripping tale turned into a rather bland historical recount of the lives of five eccentric people.

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sandsbrown
Aug 05, 2013

An excellent source of information on a little known aspect of WW2. Interesting and full of bits of information that cant be found else where.

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SEBoiko
Nov 05, 2012

Spies and Pigeons !

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Nov 05, 2012

You have forfeited your life, but there is a way of saving your life.

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