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Double Cross: The True Story of the D-Day Spies
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In Double Cross, New York Times bestselling author Ben Macintyre returns with the untold story of one of the greatest deceptions of World War II, and of the extraordinary spies who achieved it.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 Allied victory at the most pivotal point in the war. This epic event has never before been told from the perspective of the key individuals in the Double Cross system, until now. These include its director (a brilliant, urbane intelligence officer), a colorful assortment of MI5 handlers (as well as their counterparts in Nazi intelligence), and the five spies who formed Double Cross's nucleus: a dashing Serbian playboy, a Polish fighter-pilot, a bisexual Peruvian party girl, a deeply eccentric Spaniard, and a volatile Frenchwoman. The D-Day spies were, without question, one of the oddest military units ever assembled, and their success depended on the delicate, dubious relationship between spy and spymaster, both German and British. Their enterprise was saved from catastrophe by a shadowy sixth spy whose heroic sacrifice is revealed here for the first time.With the same depth of research, eye for the absurd and masterful storytelling that have made Ben Macintyre an international bestseller, Double Cross is a captivating narrative of the spies who wove a web so intricate it ensnared Hitler's army and carried thousands of D-Day troops across the Channel in safety.
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Ben Macintyre. (2012). Double Cross: The True Story of the D-Day Spies. Unabridged Books on Tape.

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In Double Cross, New York Times bestselling author Ben Macintyre returns with the untold story of one of the greatest deceptions of World War II, and of the extraordinary spies who achieved it.
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 Allied victory at the most pivotal point in the war.
This epic event has never before been told from the perspective of the key individuals in the Double Cross system, until now. These include its director (a brilliant, urbane intelligence officer), a colorful assortment of MI5 handlers (as well as their counterparts in Nazi intelligence), and the five spies who formed Double Cross's nucleus: a dashing Serbian playboy, a Polish fighter-pilot, a bisexual Peruvian party girl, a deeply eccentric Spaniard, and a volatile Frenchwoman. The D-Day spies were, without question, one of the oddest military units ever assembled, and their success depended on the delicate, dubious relationship between spy and spymaster, both German and British. Their enterprise was saved from catastrophe by a shadowy sixth spy whose heroic sacrifice is revealed here for the first time.
With the same depth of research, eye for the absurd and masterful storytelling that have made Ben Macintyre an international bestseller, Double Cross is a captivating narrative of the spies who wove a web so intricate it ensnared Hitler's army and carried thousands of D-Day troops across the Channel in safety.
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      • source: People
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        "Gripping stories from the perspective of a remarkable ragtag group of spies who tricked the Nazis in an astounding D-Day deception. Puts other spy tales to shame."

      • premium: False
      • source: Boston Globe
      • content: "It should be said loud and clear that Macintyre is a supremely gifted storyteller. He spins quite a yarn. His books are absurdly entertaining. I would kill for his keen wit. He takes us into a world of bounders, spivs, roués, and men (and women) on the make....Double Cross is a blast."
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      • source: Washington Times
      • content: "Forget fiction when you are buying beach reading this summer. Ben Macintyre's factual account is more gripping than what you will find anywhere else. It is a story unsurpassed in the long history of intelligence."
      • premium: False
      • source: New Yorker
      • content: "Macintyre at once exalts and subverts the myths of spycraft, and has a keen eye for absurdity"
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      • source: San Francisco Chronicle
      • content: "[A] complex, absorbing final installment in his trilogy about World War II espionage....Macintyre is a master storyteller. Employing a wry wit and a keen eye for detail, he delivers an ultimately winning tale fraught with European intrigue and subtle wartime heroics."
      • premium: False
      • source: Washington Post
      • content: "Superb....the story comes alive again in all its stupendous, unimaginable duplicity....intensely readable"
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      • source: Christian Science Monitor
      • content: "A wonderfully entertaining story of deception and trickery that is told with verve and wit....Macintyre's early books about espionage in World War II have been bestsellers, and this will be no exception."
      • premium: False
      • source: Columbus Dispatch
      • content: "Macintyre revels in the surreal aspects of his story, writing with a breezy, almost tongue-in-cheek style. But the author is also adept at communicating the seriousness and the stakes of the underlying game....Nail-biting and chuckle-inducing reading."
      • premium: False
      • source: Richmond Times-Dispatch
      • content: "Another captivating, improbably fresh story of World War II....Double Cross is ennobling, invigorating and, above all, entertaining. Macintyre's research is impressive, as is his ability to shape disparate facts into a breathless page-turner....Throw in nail-biting suspense and the occasional decadent Nazi (fickle mistress optional) and, with Macintyre in charge, you're virtually guaranteed a history book that reads like a spy novel."
      • premium: False
      • source: Wall Street Journal
      • content: "
        "It is the riveting tales of these agents on which Ben Macintyre focuses, to full advantage, in Double Cross....Macintyre makes good use of the material. He knows how to let the high drama unfold on its own."
      • premium: False
      • source: New York Post, Required reading
      • content: "London Times writer Macintyre (Agent Zigzag, Operation Mincemeat) concludes his WWII espionage trilogy with the tantalizing tale of an oddball, 'Dirty Dozen'-like group of double agents who fool the Nazis into believing the Allied D-Day attack would come at Calais, not Normandy."
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      • source: Seattle Times
      • content: "A tale of smarts, personal courage and -- even knowing what happened on June 6, 1944 -- suspense. Where would we be if these troubled, eccentric and hang-it-all characters hadn't known how to lie, and lie well?"
      • premium: False
      • source: Entertainment Weekly
      • content: "As in his earlier best-sellers about WWII-era spycraft, Agent Zigzag and Operation Mincemeat, Macintyre writes with novelistic flair."
      • premium: False
      • source: New York Post
      • content: "The story of D-Day -- when 150,000 Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy -- as it's never been told before....this amazing story shows how double agents and spies tricked the German army and saved thousands of Allied lives."
      • premium: False
      • source: WWII Magazine
      • content: "Only with author Ben Macintyre's scintillating account has this complex human drama, with all its tortuous twists and turns, finally received the cinematic treatment it deserves....This is edge-of-the seat stuff."
      • premium: False
      • source: MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History
      • content: "Macintyre does a fine job depicting this extraordinary cast and exposing the ambiguous world of espionage....compelling."
      • premium: False
      • source: Publishers Weekly (starred)
      • content: "With the same skill and suspense he displayed in Operation Mincemeat and Agent Zigzag....Macintyre effortlessly weaves the agents' deliciously eccentric personalities with larger wartime events to shape a tale that reads like a top-notch spy thriller."
      • premium: False
      • source: Booklist
      • content: "Macintyre has written a tense, exciting real-life spy story that illuminates a largely obscure aspect of WWII."
      • premium: False
      • source: Candice Millard, author of The River of Doubt and Destiny of the Republic
      • content: "With his latest book, Double Cross, Ben Macintyre tells the astonishing true stor
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      • source: AudioFile Magazine
      • content: Ben MacIntyre's DOUBLE CROSS is a story of the unsung heroes of WWII, British spies who posed as agents for the Third Reich. It's a true story, based on documents only recently released, and a must for history buffs. John Lee does an expert job narrating the book, which is complicated by dozens of ethnic characters, each with a particular dialect and peculiar mannerisms. The story can be appreciated as an audiobook, but a WWII aficionado will need the actual book to keep track of all the characters. Lee's performance emphasizes that double agents were not the square-jawed patriots seen in movies. They had strange motives and psychological compulsions and were a petty odd lot, yet responsible for the Allies' victory. M.S. © AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine
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