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Agent Garbo: The Brilliant, Eccentric Secret Agent Who Tricked Hitler and Saved D-Day Hardcover – July 3, 2012
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"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
Top Customer Reviews
For those unaware (as I was), Pujol was just an average guy who was so compelled by his hatred of Nazi Germany that he taught himself spy-craft and found a way to become a double agent. A Spaniard by birth, he managed to convince the Germans, the group he despised, he was on their side, then managed to ingratiate himself to the British and leverage his Germany relationship to dramatically influence the outcome of WWII. The means by which Pujol pulled all of this off is simply astounding, and the author does a great job of making the reader imagine how Pujol must have felt as he got deeper and deeper, and by extension, in a progressively more precarious position. Further, the story is so interesting one could readily see how this book would lend itself to a Hollywood blockbuster. Very highly recommended!
The fact that this is written more as a story than as a history book made the reading that much more enjoyable and readable.
If you want more of a straight, stereotypical historical account, this book is not for you. This isn't to say anything negative about the book, just to point out what kind of history book it is. Talty puts a lot of life into the story, and I found it to be an engaging read.
If you're at all interested in the history of WW2, you could do a lot worse than reading this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was very good in terms of information about a person who gets very little publicity for his role in the war, but it was not as exciting as I would have liked.Published 1 month ago by Allyn Bamberger
Great story of a man's drive to stop evil and save the lives of soldiers from many countries.Published 2 months ago by goldenflash
The amazing virtually unknown story of one man who greatly influenced the outcome of WWII.Published 3 months ago by Harold Printup
If you had told me this book was fiction, riffing on bits of history, I would have easily believed it. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jeff Wilcox
Recently learned about this from the Spy museum, very good book, very interesting story.Published 5 months ago by randy r
One has to admire his persistence in getting accepted even at the cost of losing his family. It's like he had a send sense. Brilliant mind.Published 5 months ago by karen