Operation Mincemeat

How a Dead Man and a Bizarre Plan Fooled the Nazis and Assured an Allied Victory
Author(s): Ben Macintyre
Original Publish Date: May 04, 2010
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (11.30 hours)
Product Number: Z100023577
Released: May 04, 2010
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780307735720
Narrator/s: John Lee
Publisher: Books on Tape
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Ben Macintyre's Agent Zigzag was hailed as "rollicking, spellbinding" (New York Times), "wildly improbable but entirely true" (Entertainment Weekly), and, quite simply, "the best book ever written" (Boston Globe). In his new book, Operation Mincemeat, he tells an extraordinary story that will delight his legions of fans. In 1943, from a windowless basement office in London, two brilliant intelligence officers conceived a plan that was both simple and complicated— Operation Mincemeat. The purpose? To deceive the Nazis into thinking that Allied forces were planning to attack southern Europe by way of Greece or Sardinia, rather than Sicily, as the Nazis had assumed, and the Allies ultimately chose. Charles Cholmondeley of MI5 and the British naval intelligence officer Ewen Montagu could not have been more different. Cholmondeley was a dreamer seeking adventure. Montagu was an aristocratic, detail-oriented barrister. But together they were the perfect team and created an ingenious plan: Get a corpse, equip it with secret (but false and misleading) papers concerning the invasion, then drop it off the coast of Spain where German spies would, they hoped, take the bait. The idea was approved by British intelligence officials, including Ian Fleming (creator of James Bond). Winston Churchill believed it might ring true to the Axis and help bring victory to the Allies. Filled with spies, double agents, rogues, fearless heroes, and one very important corpse, the story of Operation Mincemeat reads like an international thriller. Unveiling never-before-released material, Ben Macintyre brings the reader right into the minds of intelligence officers, their moles and spies, and the German Abwehr agents who suffered the "twin frailties of wishfulness and yesmanship." He weaves together the eccentric personalities of Cholmondeley and Montagu and their near-impossible feats into a riveting adventure that not only saved thousands of lives but paved the way for a pivotal battle in Sicily and, ultimately, Allied success in the war.

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Author(s): Ben Macintyre
Product Number EB00154208
Released: Dec 27, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Broadway Books
ISBN: #9780307453297

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""Mincemeat" was one of the supreme intelligence deceptions of WWII, or any war. The body of a supposed British officer with faked papers indicating impending invasions of Sardinia and Greece (the real target was Sicily) was dropped off the coast of neutral Spain, and as expected, the Nazis got hold of the papers and believed them. John Lee's reading is energetic, fast paced, clear, and very British--clipped and precise. He gives the many quotes from non-British sources in the appropriate accent (German, Spanish, Russian, etc.), which helps the listener keep clear who's speaking. The accents, including the American ones, are good. This is a great espionage tale, a fascinating look at wartime Spain and German military intelligence, in a spirited, likable reading. W.M. (c) AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine"

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