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Operation Mincemeat: How a Dead Man and a Bizarre Plan Fooled the Nazis and Assured an Allied Victory

Ben Macintyre.
Publisher Broadway  
Format paperback
ISBN 9780307453280
Pages/Publication Date 428/2012
Daedalus Item Code 38952
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(A New York Times Best Book of 2011) Following his Agent Zigzag, itself a New York Times Notable Book of 2007, Ben Macintyre's second chronicle of espionage in World War II is a "brilliant and almost absurdly entertaining" account (Malcolm Gladwell, in The New Yorker) that uncovers new details in an already sensational story. Operation Mincemeat was an audacious scheme to concoct secret documents detailing a fictitious Allied landing in Sardinia, carried by a drowned Royal Marines officer who never existed. Macintyre's gripping history—filled with spies, double agents, rogues, fearless heroes, and one very important corpse—reveals just how big a gamble Mincemeat really was.

"Thanks to Macintyre's meticulous research and discovery of original documents, here, finally, is the definitive version of this incredible tale, complete with an eccentric cast of characters and thrilling, suspenseful moments. Critics on both sides of the pond lavished praise on Operation Mincemeat, citing Macintyre's flair for detail and his skill in rendering the Allies' convoluted machinations into a cohesive story, which races along with a novel's momentum.... The Washington Post considered Macintyre's delightful protagonists—dashing officers, suave scoundrels, beautiful damsels, and colorful oddballs—his greatest achievement. A riveting page-turner."—Bookmarks Magazine

"Ben Macintyre turns up trumps in this rollicking tale of a second world war mission to dupe the Germans by using a corpse bearing fictional military plans.... The cast of characters is irresistible, and Macintyre's enthusiasm for them richly merited.... Students of the Second World War have been familiar with Mincemeat for many years, but Macintyre offers a mass of new detail, and enchanting pen portraits of the British, Spanish and German participants. His book is a rollicking read for all those who enjoy a spy story so fanciful that Ian Fleming—himself an officer in Montagu's wartime department—would never have dared to invent it."—Sunday Times (London)

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