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Agent Zigzag: A True Story of Nazi Espionage, Love, and Betrayal

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8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

Once a con-man, always a con-man

Engagingly written to capture the charismatic, roguish charm of WWII British double-agent Eddie Chapman, Macintyre's sweeping history exposes many over looked parts of the WWII saga. For those who are not WWII buffs, the various characters, dynamic relationships and out...
Engagingly written to capture the charismatic, roguish charm of WWII British double-agent Eddie Chapman, Macintyre's sweeping history exposes many over looked parts of the WWII saga. For those who are not WWII buffs, the various characters, dynamic relationships and outlandish escapades that emerged in wartime Britain and Germany seem to be straight from the pages of Ian Fleming or an action-adventure magazine. While Chapman remains the central figure, the supporting cast is treated respectfully and is given closure in the Epilogue. At times the plot seems to drag a bit, but otherwise a fast-moving, enjoyable read.

posted by wurdnurd on March 2, 2009

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1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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Agent Zigzag was nothing spectacular to me. Yeah, the man was a great double agent no doubt playing Germany to a tee. But for me it wasn't great but definatly a good weekend read. If your interested in spies it's a good book for you.

posted by Anonymous on May 19, 2008

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  • Posted March 2, 2009

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    Once a con-man, always a con-man

    Engagingly written to capture the charismatic, roguish charm of WWII British double-agent Eddie Chapman, Macintyre's sweeping history exposes many over looked parts of the WWII saga. For those who are not WWII buffs, the various characters, dynamic relationships and outlandish escapades that emerged in wartime Britain and Germany seem to be straight from the pages of Ian Fleming or an action-adventure magazine. While Chapman remains the central figure, the supporting cast is treated respectfully and is given closure in the Epilogue. At times the plot seems to drag a bit, but otherwise a fast-moving, enjoyable read.

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 6, 2009

    vital components of the Double Cross in WWII

    This book was an excellent read for me after having read John Masterman's book about the double cross system over 30 years ago. I am glad that Ben Macintyre was able to get accesss to the archives of MI-5 to write about Zigzag. It is a shame that we have to wait for Governments to release classified information that happened in WWII ! Slowly but surely, we are finding out who the double agents were, their true identities and some of the operations that they were involved in. This is a very good read for anyone, who is a WWII buff !

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2012

    Agent Zigzag

    Eddie Chapman, a handsome British explosive expert, professional thief and womanizer, became a double agent for his home country England, against Nazi Germany's Abwehr. Was Zigzag truly a double agent? A good read for a long, cold week-end. MDK75

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  • Posted May 7, 2011

    Great Story, Terrific Read

    This is a great true story that reads like a terrific spy novel. You can't stop reading it once you start!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2010

    Agent Zigzag will keep up late turning pages!

    Agent Zigzag will be impossible to put down for other long time fans of World War 2 historical nonfiction like myself. I found this totally absorbing, funny in places, totally engrossing, mysterious, chilling, and educational. The reader is introduced to new facets of the British resistance and the German determination to conquer England. Windows were opened to the secrets of the British and how they survived, including introducing me to the Mosquito military aircraft. The fighter bomber was a remarkable war bird that I was totally unfamiliar with, and its story emphasizes the resolve and ingenuity of the British to withstand the overwhelming military superiority of the Germanys. It's design and construction and involvement in the war gives even more meaning to the "never have so many owed so much too so few" Churchill statement. And of course the totally unexpected inevitable twists that occur as the protagonist fights his way through the adventure will totally irritate and frustrate the most patriotic reader.

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  • Posted January 13, 2010

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    When Non Fiction is Better Than Fiction-ZigZag Delivers !

    About half-way through reading this book, I commented to a friend that they should make a movie out of it. I did a quick search on Google and found out that one was on track for 2010. Agent Zigzag, the true story of a British double agent that infiltrated Nazi Germany and greatly helped the Allied cause during the Second World War, is that good. Ben Macintyre, takes us through the life of Eddie Chapman, a career criminal who used his good looks and and smooth talking to woe women, criminals, cops, spies and everyone in between. Always one step ahead of the police, he enjoyed the good life as a successful criminal, involved in safe cracking and many burglaries. Then in 1940, things changed. On the Isle of Jersey, he was finally caught. While in prison, the war broke out and the island was under Nazis rule. After his release, he offered his services to the Germans as a spy, mostly out of boredom. Nothing happened. Later under accusations of sabotage, he and a friend were falsely charged and were later transferred to a prison in Nazi Occupied France. A few months later the Germans took him up on his offer and his life of intrigue, double-crossing, love and betrayal as a spy had begun.
    The book takes us through Chapman's training in France, his missions to Great Britain, Portugal, Germany and Norway. The cast of characters are real as are the daily dangers this hero faced. I say hero because he was one. He changed sides immediately on his drop into Great Britain, and became probably the best spy in the Allies efforts during the war. Along the way he loved and betrayed many women, but in the end we see the passion and honesty of this man. A complicated character, sometime hot, sometimes cold, one is unsure of his true motives-but in the end his actions saved thousands of lives. Hunted and admired by many on both sides, Eddie Chapman was always one step ahead of danger and always kept the most important thing in focus-'the mission'. Agent Zigzag, is a fun read. I could not put this book down. Having a basic knowledge of dates and events of the war will be helpful to put things in perspective, but it is not necessary since the author recaps them quite well. Of note is that many of the British intelligence Service agents in M15, were directly and indirectly involved in the creation of the characters and ideas in many of the James Bond 007 movies. As Tin Eye Stephens, Agent Zigzag's superior at M15 said, " Fiction has not, and probably never will, produce an espionage story to rival in fascination and improbability the true story of Edward Chapman, who in only in war could invest with virtue and that only for its duration". Equal or better to most great spy stories, this one is a cut above-because it is true.
    Robert Glasker

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