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Operation Mincemeat: The True Spy Story That Changed the Course of World War II
Operation Mincemeat The True Spy Story That Changed the Course of World War II Author:Ben Macintyre From the acclaimed author of "Agent Zigzag" comes an extraordinary account of the most successful deception -- and certainly the strangest -- ever carried out in World War II, one that changed the prospects for an Allied victory. The purpose of the plan--code named Operation Mincemeat -- was to deceive the Nazis into thinking that Alli... more »ed 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. « less
This is the story of a ruse designed and executed by British intelligence agents during WWII to deceive the Germans as to the whereabouts of the Allied invasion of Southern Europe. The book is filled with colorful, eccentric spies and counterspies and a preposterous (and successful) plot that involves a stolen corpse, forged papers, and chicanery of the first order -- one of those stories where truth is indeed stranger (and more compelling) than fiction. (Note: it's not as long as it looks -- the last 50+ pages are appendices and footnotes.) While at times the level of detail is a bit much, in general, this is well-told, and well-suited to anyone interested in WWII, espionage, spy thrillers, history, or just a rollicking good story!