"Juan Pujol is deserving of this biography, which captures not only his humanity, but also his humanism. Stephan Talty has delivered a beautiful report of every impossible day of Pujol's life, and AGENT GARBO is a confirmation of Donne's devotional, that 'when one man dies, one chapter is not torn out of the book, but translated into a better language.'"
"Talty gives us an appreciably richer picture not only of Pujol but also of an interwar period that could produce someone willing and able to undertake the duplicity required of a double agent. Along the way, the author captures the chilling realities of bloody battlefields, tense war rooms and besieged London. Elegantly crafted."
--The Wall Street Journal
"A wonderful book for WWII buffs, a true-life spy thriller with about as much intrigue and excitement as you’d find in a le Carré novel."
"The exciting, improbable adventures of a young Spanish spy who managed to become Britain’s most effective tool in deceiving Hitler. A lively, rollicking good read."
"Epic intelligence coups of WWII unreel in this colorful caper saga. Talty’s Pujol is a captivating character with a talent for operatic confabulation, but Garbo is just the alluring lead in massive deceptions that the author likens to Hollywood productions, complete with rubber tanks, fake ships, and a Montgomery impersonator. The result is a rollicking story of wartime eccentrics and their labyrinthine mind games."
--Publishers Weekly, starred
“AGENT GARBO is the fascinating story of a man whose wit, cunning, and steely nerves made the Allied victory possible in World War II. Stephan Talty's unsurpassed research brings forth one of the war's greatest agents in a must-read book for those who think they know all the great World War II stories.”
— Gregory Freeman, author of The Forgotten 500
A great book. Well written and suspenseful and the best part is that it's true.Published 21 days ago by Joseph W Collins
I bought this for my husband after hearing the NPR report on this book. He could not put the book down and said that it is great!Published 29 days ago by Anastasia
Great book on the man that pulled off the best double cross against the nazis and saved thousands on D-day. Well researched, a exciting read! Five stars!Published 1 month ago by octim
This is truly a fascinating story of how the Allies tricked the Germans into not responding immediately to the landing in Normandy. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Eleanor S. Hansen
Amazing web of stories and actions to fool Hitler about the landing location on D-Day.Published 1 month ago by Suanna S. Pye
Well written book about a odd ball, a truly spirited imaginative giant of the spy game. Probably impacted the war effort on the western front more than many of the generals who... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Bjorn
A vital, but largely unknown hero of WW 2, the work Pujols did that fooled Hitler and his entire Western commanders into not adequately defending Normandy on D-Day, is almost too... Read morePublished 3 months ago by MJC