|Publisher:||Random House Inc|
|Publish Date:||Jul 2012|
|Number of Pages:||399|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||1.58|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||6.5 x 1.41 x 9.51|
When Allied troops stormed the beaches of Normandy, the German army failed to throw all of their available forces immediately against Eisenhower's army. There are many reasons the Germans did not quickly rush troops in to crush this invasion, and Macintyre (writer-at-large, Times of London; Operation Mincemeat) recounts one of those reasons: British Intelligence had infiltrated the German spy network and had "turned" several of these spies whom they then used to feed the German military false or confusing intelligence.
These spies helped convince Hitler and many of his military advisers that they needed troops to be withheld in the south of France, Pas de Calais, and Norway. Macintyre personalizes this espionage story by focusing on the difficulties British handlers had managing their double agents and the salacious details of their personal lives.
Verdict: Several books have been written about allied intelligence deception in World War II, including Mary Kathryn Barbier's D-Day Deception: Operation Fortitude and the Normandy Invasion and Terry Crowdy's Deceiving Hitler: Double Cross and Deception in World War II, as well as Stephan Talty's Agent Garbo, just published. Macintyre's book will appeal to general readers and espionage buffs who love these true spy stories.
-Michael Farrell, Reformed Theological Seminary Lib., Oviedo, FL
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