Agent Zigzag

Agent Zigzag Eddie Chapman rogue criminal confidence trickster hero to both sides and betrayer of all At the start of the Second World War Chapman was recruited by the German Secret Service He was a highly pri

  • Title: Agent Zigzag
  • Author: Ben Macintyre
  • ISBN: 9780747587941
  • Page: 194
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Eddie Chapman rogue, criminal, confidence trickster, hero to both sides and betrayer of all At the start of the Second World War, Chapman was recruited by the German Secret Service He was a highly prized Nazi agent He was also a secret spy for Britain, alias Agent Zigzag Agent Zigzag is the untold story of Britain s most extraordinary wartime double agent GenuinelyEddie Chapman rogue, criminal, confidence trickster, hero to both sides and betrayer of all At the start of the Second World War, Chapman was recruited by the German Secret Service He was a highly prized Nazi agent He was also a secret spy for Britain, alias Agent Zigzag Agent Zigzag is the untold story of Britain s most extraordinary wartime double agent Genuinely courageous, able to withstand withering interrogations from both sides, Chapman was a dashing, charming and fiercely intelligent man whose talents led to a single end breaking the rules He wore loud suits, drove fast cars, and had a woman in every port Yet, at the same time he was, in his own way, loyal to his lover and their child This was a man who courted contradictions as much as he courted adventure Inside the traitor was a man of loyalty inside the villain was a hero the problem for Chapman, his spymasters, and his lovers, was to know where one ended, and the other began In 1943, Colonel Tim Stephens of MI5 said of the story of Chapman In fiction it would be rejected as improbable MI5 have only just released the material on Chapman, and Macintyre has full access to all of Chapman s manuscripts, letters and photographs What emerges from this trove is an exhilarating true story of loyalty and betrayal, courage and cowardice, a crook who was also a hero It is one of the most gripping untold stories of the Second World War.

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    1. ”War was coming, everyone said so, but the dining room of the Hotel de la Plage was a place of pure peace that sunny Sunday. Beyond the golden beach, the waves flickered among a scatter of tiny islands, as Eddie and Betty ate trifle off plates with smart blue crests. Eddie was halfway through telling another funny story when he froze. A group of men in overcoats and brown hats had entered the restaurant and one was now in urgent conversations with the headwaiter. Before Betty could speak, Eddi [...]

    2. If you're looking for an even-handed recounting and reflections on this book, you should probably check out Jeffrey Keeten's stellar review (it has lots of pictures and everything). However, if you're looking for my favorite moments of skullduggery(along with the occasional pop culture parallel), then you're in the right spot.Eddie Chapman (codename: ZigZag) was, among other things, the head of the "Jelly Gang" (they used gelignite to break into safes), a bit of a lady's man living in "the world [...]

    3. Rating Clarification: 3.5 StarsWhile not as interesting a read as Macintyre's Operation Mincemeat: How a Dead Man and a Bizarre Plan Fooled the Nazis and Assured an Allied Victory, the true story of double agent Eddie Chapman still had its moments. Chapman was a thief, a con-man, a ladies man (with a girl in every port, so to speak) and a hustler.I liked him immensely.What a charming rogue. The kind of guy you'd like to have drinks with, but not the kind you'd "take home to mother" (thanks, Rick [...]

    4. Oh dear. One third of my way through Agent Zigzag, and I am going to have to give up reading it. I cannot bear the 'And this happened, and then this happened, and then this happened' Boys’ Own stodge a minute longer. I have indigestion and a headache.One good thing has emerged from this failed reading. I realise I don’t much like biographies and autobiographies. There have been a couple that really shone for me, but it’s a genre I often find myself struggling with. I find them plodding – [...]

    5. Quite an adventure! Eddie Chapman was charming, handsome, smart, cunning and manipulative and able to play both ends against the middle. To this day no one is sure how he really played the game, although Great Britain benefited the most from Eddie's talentsat is with the exception of Eddie himself.A word should be said about Britain's MI5 unit. After reading this book and Operation Mincemeat by the same author, it would appear that Great Britain had the best Military Intelligence unit in WWII. T [...]

    6. This is a splendid biography of Eddie Chapman, who went from small-time criminal to double-agent for the British during World War II while never fully abandoning his anti-establishment urges. Chapman performed many wartime feats of derring-do, and although his main allegiance appeared to lie with the Allies, he was was also trusted and rewarded by the German Abwehr; after the war, he even invited one of his principal German contacts to attend his daughter's wedding. This multi-facted and multi-t [...]

    7. On my way to work, a co-worker asked me what I was reading so avidly. I replied "Agent ZigZag. It's about a British bank robber who is stuck in WWII occupied Europe, volunteers to be a spy for the Germans, parachutes into Britain and immediately calls MI5 to volunteer to work for them instead.""So fiction then." my co-worker replied."No way, they can't write fiction this absurd. It'd never get published." (in a later chapter, an MI5 interrogator wrote almost that same line into Eddie Chapman's f [...]

    8. I really want to rate this book 3 stars, but it was a lot of fun to read. It's not the best writing and the amount of detail is cumbersome at times, but it moves briskly. The plot is instantly intriguing: Eddie Chapman, a small-time crook, is jailed by the English and enslaved by the Nazis when they conquer the Channel Islands. Because of his safe-cracking and explosives experience, he offers to serve as a spy for the Germans. In due time, his request is honored, and he begins training in the Fr [...]

    9. John le Carre perfectly described this book, "Superb. Meticulously researched, splendidly told, immensely entertaining, and often very moving." I'll just add that this is one helluva book. It made me laugh, it broke my heart and it blew my mind away. Ben Macintyre is the kind of storyteller that I can only dream of becoming. Zigzag is, by himself a highly entertaining and compelling character, but he truly came alive for me with this book. And although a complicated story that was undoubtedly ex [...]

    10. 15/10 - A fascinating tale of British and German espionage during WWII. The quote from John Le Carre on the front cover, describing the book as"Superb. Meticulously researched, splendidly told, immensely entertaining and often very moving."is absolutely correct. I did find the story 'moving', but mostly only in that the treatment of Chapman by his second handler, after Reed was sent to France, was atrocious and mostly inspired by what I see as Ryde's jealousy over Chapman's success with women an [...]

    11. I picked this up having very much enjoyed 'Operation Mincemeat' by the same author, and this was similarly interesting and absorbing. Despite not being as familiar with the background story (or maybe, because of it) as compared to the aforementioned other book, it took a while to 'get into' this similar non-fictional tale of WWII military espionage, but it developed into a very satisfying and educational story. The book centres around a British man, Eddie Chapman, and his subsequent involvement [...]

    12. Really excellent story, would have given it three stars if Chapman's life weren't so interesting because I think the author sort of dumbed it down at points and he could have gone into more detail on the backgrounds of the individuals involved, also the organization of the information got a little convoluted at times. I understand that he didn't want to do a full backstory every time a new person came into play, but inserting several chapters between name and history meant at times I was flippin [...]

    13. A jawdropping read about a small time criminal and con artist turned double agent in WW2. Chapman was a horrible selfish sociopathic exploiter and all round scumbag. He was in prison on Jersey, taken to a German prison camp after the invasion, volunteered to be a spy for the Nazis, trained in sabotage and espionage, sent back to Britain, where he promptly handed himself in and set out to become a double agent, working for the British and blowing up the German spy networks in the UK such as they [...]

    14. AGENT ZIGZAG: A True Story of Nazi Espionage, Love, and Betrayal. (2007). Ben Macintyre. ****. This is the extremely well-written story about a double agent working for England during the Second World War. His code name was Zigzag, although his real name was Eddie Chapman; although he used a variety of aliases during his career. Chapman was recruited and trained by the Nazis to work for them. When he was out of spy school, and made his first trip to England – parachuting in to a secluded spot [...]

    15. A total page turner that bookends my top shelf. How the world of spycraft really works. And how funny it is, when it's not rabidly violent or psychopathological.The author was blessed with a priceless true story, but that's only the beginning. I consider this the best history of WWII clandestine activities ever written, and quite possibly the best work of nonfiction I've ever read. Blindingly talented with superb timing and good taste, Ben Macintyre leads you from wartime Britain to France to No [...]

    16. This is a good solid account of a very intriguing history. Actual story of intel operations in wartorn Europe deception, deals, camouflage, disinformation, scams, trickery spymasters and double agents galore. And with the protagonist a convicted felon, every trick has a few extra layers. The tiniest details tell a lot : when they wanted to convince the other side that a certain secret chunk of war technology was available, deadly and miniaturized for easy concealment, the British Secret Servic [...]

    17. High adventure, reading the chronicles of a double agent during WWII. Our hero--can you call him that?-- is prone to cracking safes, jumping through windows, manipulating friends and seducing women by the busload. Did I mention, he also carries the fates of both Germany and Britain on his back. Expect a wildly careening, ribald series of chase scenes, foxy schemes, somber imprisonments, and explosions galore. Oh, and prepare to have your moral and imaginative limits stretched and then stretched [...]

    18. A book that sports the blurb "The best book ever written" (Alex Beam, Boston Globe) is looking for a smackdown.Unless. it's really very good.Agent Zigzag tells the tale of Eddie Chapman, bank robber and ladies man, who finds his Channel Island prison suddenly run by an occupying German army. He offers to spy for the Nazis, and then while training in occupied France, memorizes as much as he can so he can give enemy information to the Brits.Chapman is an amazing character, as are his German and Br [...]

    19. Ben Macintyre’s AGENT ZIGZAG is a gripping account of a double-agent during World War Two, who must have been incredibly charming, because not only did he acquire three girlfriends waiting patiently for him in London, Oslo and the countryside of England, but he also managed to convince the German secret service that he was loyal to Hitler. Never once did he falter when closely questioned by various German officers. His courage and coolness are stunning when one considers what would have happen [...]

    20. The story of Eddie Chapman's work as a double agent during WWII is fascinating. Eddie Chapman was a crook - a smart, good-looking, sweet-talking crook. In fact, when the Germans occupied the Channel Island known as Jersey, he was in prison. He and a cell mate decided to offer to spy for the Germans so they could get out of prison and back to England. Eddie, who could speak a bit of German and a bit more French and knew something about explosives (he liked to open safes with a little explosive ma [...]

    21. This was a book I read for the Arlington Va, Westover Library book group for the month of June, 2012. It is a nonfiction story of a British counterspy - who started working for the Germans but when sent to Britain to be a saboteur immediately contacts the British secret service to work as a counterspy. The full story was only released in the 2000's and the massive information that became available has been very skillfully used by this author. This book was liked by every member of the approximat [...]

    22. I love good historical nonfiction, and Macintyre knows how to write. He tells the story of Eddie Chapman, a charming English criminal who is jailed in France during World War II, becomes a spy for the Nazis, is sent back to England and turns himself into MI5 to become a double agent for the British. The story is better than a spy novel, because it’s true, and proves the old saying that truth is stranger than fiction. Chapman goes back and forth between the British and the Nazis, playing both s [...]

    23. Damian Lewis reads the previously untold story of the charismatic Agent Zigzag, Britain's most extraordinary double agent.At the start of the war, British criminal Eddie Chapman is recruited by the German Secret Service. He soon becomes a highly prized, and decorated, Nazi agent. What the Germans don't know is that he is also working for MI5.[image error]He died on 20 December 1997, aged 83, from undisclosed causes.This could have been SO juicy, it's a real life spy story that's been stomped on [...]

    24. This agent was masterful at being himself. Sounds confusing? He was. And his story is too. Primarily because he was such an actor and so much a chameleon by nature that the core man was never "fake".It's sounds impossible to have the verve and the bad boy nature to this extent over such a constantly transient life. But Chapman lived it and in such a way that a decent goal in wartime became the real, rather than endless prison sentences.My own experience of enjoying this one? It was good and the [...]

    25. History like you wouldn't believe. Literally, its unbelievable. The most interesting part of this is probably the mystery that still surrounds Chapman, which side was he and his German handler really playing for? Or were they playing for any side, or just their own? I read this years ago, but I remember it lagging a bit in the middle since Chapman really isn't that great of a guy (read: total ass) and being a bit frustrated with him. Still, a good read.

    26. I really enjoyed this, totally in my wheelhouse. I didn't realize until I started reading that this author also wrote Operation Mincemeat, which I also liked. His writing is engaging and the topic more unique.

    27. This was non-fiction that reads like fiction, and I was gripped from the start. As with Macintyre's other work, he tells a compelling, well-researched story about the oddities of World War II: in this case, a double agent who essentially walked up to his Nazi captors and asked to be a spy for them, only to volunteer his services for the British. Macintyre explained how this balancing act was to occur, how to have Zigzag share enough credible information with the Nazis without blowing their agent [...]

    28. A quick read, great story, interesting characters, overall a fun read. Already bought operation mincemeat, will be my next read.

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