Ben Macintyre, an associate editor at the London Times, follows up his bestselling Agent Zigzag with another World War II spy story, Operation Mincemeat (Broadway, $15), a tale so wild and entertaining that it could be a James Bond caper. Fictional agents and a bogus body are only part of the intricate plot by which MI5 successfully diverted Nazi intelligence from the planned Allied invasion of Sicily. False documents baked in a cake, an undercover removal of a three-month-old dead body from a local morgue to stand in for a drowned corpse—one clad in the thick underwear of an Oxford don—and an imaginary fiancée are only a few of the full complement of espionage tricks-of-the trade that Macintyre colorfully recounts.
Operation Mincemeat: How a Dead Man and a Bizarre Plan Fooled the Nazis and Assured an Allied Victory - Ben Macintyre
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Published: Crown - April 5th, 2011