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Operation Mincemeat: The True Spy Story That Changed the Course of World War II. Ben Macintyre
Operation Mincemeat The True Spy Story That Changed the Course of World War II Ben Macintyre
Author: Macintyre, Ben Macintyre
One April morning in 1943, a sardine fisherman spotted the corpse of a British soldier floating in the sea off the coast of Spain and set in train a course of events that would change the course of the Second World War. Operation Mincemeat was the most successful wartime deception ever attempted, and certainly the strangest. It hoodwinked the Na...  more »
ISBN-13: 9781408809211
ISBN-10: 1408809214
Pages: 432
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Publisher: Bloomsbury UK
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
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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!
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