Agent Zigzag: The True Wartime Story of Eddie Chapman:

Agent Zigzag: The True Wartime Story of Eddie Chapman: Lover, Traitor, Hero, Spy (reissued) One December night in , a Nazi parachutist landed in a Cambridgeshire field His mission to sabotage the British war effort His name was Eddie Chapman, but he would shortly become MIs Agent Zigzag Dashing and louche, courageous and unpredictable, the traitor was a patriot inside, and the villain a hero The problem for Chapman, his many lovers and his spymasters was knowing who he was Ben Macintyre weaves together diaries, letters, photographs, memories and top secret MI files to create the exhilarating account of Britains most sensational double agent


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9 thoughts on “Agent Zigzag: The True Wartime Story of Eddie Chapman: Lover, Traitor, Hero, Spy (reissued)

  1. Matthew H Matthew H says:

    Ben Macintyre, a quite superb writer, has a knack of unearthing gems of stories A previous book, A Foreign Field, told the remarkable tale of four British soldiers given sanctuary in a French village during the First World War after being marooned behind enemy lines Now he has told the equally remarkable story of Second World War double agent Eddie Chapman.Chapman, a criminal, sybarite and serial philanderer, found himself on Jersey when the Germans invaded and was transferred to a hellhole of a prison in Paris The only way out of this benighted existence was to volunteer his services to the Abwehr as a secret agent Eventually accepted, he was then parachuted into England, where he promptly landed flat on his face and then swiftly handed himself over to the police and volunteered to become a secret agent.Get the picture This was a man who first and foremost was driven by self interest Yet, as Macintyre makes clear, Chapman was not that simple a character He developed a genuine affection for his Abwehr controllers As for his many female conquests, he always professed undying affection, an emotion that was uniformly reciprocated.Even his British secret service superiors, who, correctly, treated him initially with hostility and suspicion, succumbed to his undoubted charm and ability Only when he volunteered to assassinate Hitler and go out in a blaze of glory did they curb his patent enthusiasm for espionage That he was eventually sacked as an agent owed far to another man s jealousy than to Chapman s failings.Ben Macintyre tells Chapman s story with panache, affection and tremendous wit In the course of Agent Zigzag, there are many charming and touching vignettes, none so than the case of Praetorius, one of Chapman s Abwehr minders A fan of all things English, but especially folk dancing, Praetorius eventually left the secret service and was appointed dance instructor to the Wehrmacht in the middle of the war It makes you wonder why it took so long for the Germans to lose.


  2. Vicuña Vicuña says:

    Ben Macintyre s real life account of spy, Eddie Chapman, reads like a thriller Although packed with fact, the text is gripping and I was keen to know what happened next.Source material is annotated and accessible and there s a veracity to the content which makes the story an exciting and relevant read This book links well with others by the author, who writes with authority about espionage and duplicity in WWII Chapman was a no mark crook who d beloved a taste for the high life There s a strange naivety about the way in which disaffected individuals were turned Macintyre explores the way in which Chapman reached a position where he was content to maybe betray his country But he also explores other possibility and the reader is left to judge the truth Informed, intelligent, compelling and written with verve and a real sense of adventure.


  3. David Welford David Welford says:

    A friend recommend me to watch on I player BBC Timewatch prog on Eddie Chapman with Ben Macintyre the Author of the book At present it is available until 5th June 20 but no doubt it will be repeated , do watch it so see the interview with the real Eddie So fascinated by this incredible true story I bought the book I found it one of those books that is hard to put down and I read it in two days As others have said its better than any fictional Spy StoryI doubt any Author could dream up such a complex plot line Most exciting book I ve read in a longtime.The film of Eddie s exploits Triple Cross was shown last Sept on BBC TV keep an eye out for repeat showings.


  4. Londoner Londoner says:

    Unlike the largely unproven or fictitious exploits of Sidney Reilly who preceded Chapman in the first World War, those of Chapman are better documented and recognised.Chapman s story has been written and re written several times, probably from the 1950 s onwards, and by many different authors This is probably the most recent telling of that story and is complete than many others as it was based upon official documents that were only released in the first years of the Millennium.Chapman was a known criminal in the between war years, a safe cracker and thief whose name was constantly in the newspapers and associated with crimes that he may or may not have committed Escaping from Britain to avoid prosecution and eventually arriving in Germany, he was trained as a spy and saboteur and was returned to Britain, where he admitted his intended purpose to authorities and was persuaded to become a double agent working against the Germans.Britain had turned many others in broadly similar circumstances who, when presented with the choice of almost immediate execution or working against their intended masters, several chose the latter although not all were deemed suitable Chapman s talents at opening safes would be of great value to the Allies.This book is that story in detail Woven into the author s interpretation are elements of many other true WW2 events, names of known personalities and their exploits that are fully explored elsewhere and by other writers The author has also written Operation Mincemeat , the story of the Man Who Never Was about which a movie of the same name was released in the 50s or 60s.


  5. William C. Mahaney William C. Mahaney says:

    Agent Zigzag by Ben McIntyreOf all McIntyre s books, Agent Zigzag tops the list of historical records pieced together to reconstruct the lives of double agents Eddie Chapman, code named Zigzag by Lt Colonel Tar Robertson of Section B1A of MI5 officer of the Twenty Committee in charge of selecting and running double agents , managed to manipulate his handlers to the point of admiration Once you start this book you will not let it down without finishing it Eddie Chapman, a common criminal, con man, safecracker, lock picker and gang leader, was also an inveterate liar trained by both the intelligence agencies of Britain s SOE Special Operations Executive and the Abhewr of German Intelligence A man of almost no end of twisted loyalties strong ties to both his handlers in Britain and Germany he proved impossible to break under interrogation molding fact and fiction to satisfy his interrogators, all the while absconding with money from both agencies In the midst of his wartime espionage he managed no end of love affairs in England, France and Norway and came away with the Germans believing all his intelligence passed up to near the end of 1944, at which point SOE finally cut him loose The Germans believed him dead whereas the British eliminated his criminal record by decree from the Home Secretary, setting him loose to gravitate back to his original below board criminal activity This is an engrossing book about a double agent operating with twisted loyalties who managed to navigate World War II by a combination of wit, charm, fast thinking, intelligence and rare luck I ve read dozens and dozens of WWII histories but this is one reconstruction of an agent s history that both astounds and mesmerizes the reader page after page.W.C Bill Mahaney author of Ice on the Equator , Hannibal s Odyssey Environmental Background to the Alpine Invasion of Italia , Atlas of Sand Grain Surface Textures and Applications , The Warmaker , The Golden Till and Operation Black Eagle.


  6. Kootenay Gal Kootenay Gal says:

    Ben Macintyre is an excellent storyteller Agent Zig Zag is a fascinating, true tale of a World War II spy that defies the imagination The book will make you both smile and shake your head in disbelief The writing is smooth and will soon have you hooked I did not want to put it down You will not be disappointed


  7. Bart Alder Bart Alder says:

    Ben Macintyre handles the remarkable tale of professional thief, serial womaniser and unlikely double agent Eddie Chapman with genuine flair and sensitivity Backed up with sources and exquisite scholarship, it is also a light, breezy read.Tackling issues of crime, class and the various handlers in and the methods used by two competing espionage services, Macintyre writes with his characteristic wit and erudition, he has managed to bring the enigmatic, charismatic and, ultimately, patriotic Eddie Chapman leaping from the page Vivid prose with compassion and sensitivity for his subject, Macintyre is a master of the non fiction pageturner.


  8. John Cowan John Cowan says:

    Ben Macintyre is a wonderful writer who writes about wonderful characters not heroes , but complex interesting people And he writes with a flair that very few, if any, present day writers possess I can hardly wait to read another of his masterpieces


  9. Andrew Cribb Andrew Cribb says:

    Ben McIntyre is one of the best authors in this genre He does his research thoroughly and creates a plausible and entertaining journey through the darker shadows of WWII Highly recommended.


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