- Series: Bluejacket Books
- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Naval Institute Press; 1st edition (January 23, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1557504482
- ISBN-13: 978-1557504487
- Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #473,756 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Man Who Never Was: World War II's Boldest Counterintelligence Operation (Bluejacket Books) Paperback – January 23, 2001
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About the Author
Ewen Montagu ran the counterespionage sub-branch of the naval intelligence division at the British Admiralty. He later became judge advocate of the fleet and died in 1985.
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In the mid-1950s Hollywood produced a movie by the same name starring Clifton Webb as Montague. The movie stays fairly close to the facts with one major exception. In the movie, the Germans hire an Irish spy to determine if Martin (and thus the contents of his briefcase) was real. In reality the Germans made no such check. The movie is first rate; but the book provides details absent in the movie. For example, the book provides the contents of the papers Martin was carrying as well as translations of pertinent German documents. Both the book and the movie are well worth the reader's (or viewer's) time.
Finally it appeared on my kindle suggestions page and I snagged it. Just reread it again and found it so interesting once more.