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Agent Zigzag - A True Story of Nazi Espionage, Love, and Betrayal-logo

Agent Zigzag - A True Story of Nazi Espionage, Love, and Betrayal

Ben Macintyre

Eddie Chapman was a charming criminal, a con man, and a philanderer. He was also one of the most remarkable double agents Britain has ever produced. 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 persona ended and the other began. In 1941, after training as a German spy in occupied France, Chapman was parachuted into Britain with a revolver, a wireless, and a cyanide pill, with orders from the Abwehr to blow up an airplane factory. Instead, he contacted MI5, the British Secret Service. For the next four years, Chapman worked as a double agent, a lone British spy at the heart of the German Secret Service who at one time volunteered to assassinate Hitler for his countrymen. Crisscrossing Europe under different names, all the while weaving plans, spreading disinformation, and, miraculously, keeping his stories straight under intense interrogation, he even managed to gain some profit and seduce beautiful women along the way. The Nazis feted Chapman as a hero and awarded him the Iron Cross. In Britain, he was pardoned for his crimes, becoming the only wartime agent to be thus rewarded. Both countries provided for the mother of his child and his mistress. Sixty years after the end of the war, and ten years after Chapman's death, MI5 has now declassified all of Chapman's files, releasing more than 1,800 pages of top secret material and allowing the full story of Agent Zigzag to be told for the first time. A gripping story of loyalty, love, and treachery, Agent Zigzag offers a unique glimpse into the psychology of espionage, with its thin and shifting line between fidelity and betrayal. From the Hardcover edition.

Eddie Chapman was a charming criminal, a con man, and a philanderer. He was also one of the most remarkable double agents Britain has ever produced. 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 persona ended and the other began. In 1941, after training as a German spy in occupied France, Chapman was parachuted into Britain with a revolver, a wireless, and a cyanide pill, with orders from the Abwehr to blow up an airplane factory. Instead, he contacted MI5, the British Secret Service. For the next four years, Chapman worked as a double agent, a lone British spy at the heart of the German Secret Service who at one time volunteered to assassinate Hitler for his countrymen. Crisscrossing Europe under different names, all the while weaving plans, spreading disinformation, and, miraculously, keeping his stories straight under intense interrogation, he even managed to gain some profit and seduce beautiful women along the way. The Nazis feted Chapman as a hero and awarded him the Iron Cross. In Britain, he was pardoned for his crimes, becoming the only wartime agent to be thus rewarded. Both countries provided for the mother of his child and his mistress. Sixty years after the end of the war, and ten years after Chapman's death, MI5 has now declassified all of Chapman's files, releasing more than 1,800 pages of top secret material and allowing the full story of Agent Zigzag to be told for the first time. A gripping story of loyalty, love, and treachery, Agent Zigzag offers a unique glimpse into the psychology of espionage, with its thin and shifting line between fidelity and betrayal. From the Hardcover edition.
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Eddie Chapman was a charming criminal, a con man, and a philanderer. He was also one of the most remarkable double agents Britain has ever produced. 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 persona ended and the other began. In 1941, after training as a German spy in occupied France, Chapman was parachuted into Britain with a revolver, a wireless, and a cyanide pill, with orders from the Abwehr to blow up an airplane factory. Instead, he contacted MI5, the British Secret Service. For the next four years, Chapman worked as a double agent, a lone British spy at the heart of the German Secret Service who at one time volunteered to assassinate Hitler for his countrymen. Crisscrossing Europe under different names, all the while weaving plans, spreading disinformation, and, miraculously, keeping his stories straight under intense interrogation, he even managed to gain some profit and seduce beautiful women along the way. The Nazis feted Chapman as a hero and awarded him the Iron Cross. In Britain, he was pardoned for his crimes, becoming the only wartime agent to be thus rewarded. Both countries provided for the mother of his child and his mistress. Sixty years after the end of the war, and ten years after Chapman's death, MI5 has now declassified all of Chapman's files, releasing more than 1,800 pages of top secret material and allowing the full story of Agent Zigzag to be told for the first time. A gripping story of loyalty, love, and treachery, Agent Zigzag offers a unique glimpse into the psychology of espionage, with its thin and shifting line between fidelity and betrayal. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

John Lee

Length:

6h 16m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

02:59


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

03:34


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

03:39


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

03:18


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:40


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:23


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

03:03


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:44


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:08


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

02:29


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:25


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:26


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

03:44


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:56


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:02


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:34


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:03


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:23


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:53


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:28


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:52


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:22


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:10


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:44


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

03:55


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:11


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:35


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:44


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:47


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

03:19


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

03:01


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:22


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:18


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

03:56


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

03:39


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

03:48


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:59


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:13


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:54


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:37


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:36


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:03


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:27


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:49


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:56


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:28


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:46


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:26


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

05:36


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

04:35


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

02:40


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:11


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:56


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:33


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:19


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:14


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:30


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:24


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

03:08


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

03:33


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

03:47


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

03:46


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

04:27


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:30


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

04:15


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

03:50


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

03:45


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

03:01


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

02:43


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

03:25


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

03:45


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

04:25


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

04:20


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

05:32


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

05:45


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

04:29


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

04:27


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

04:08


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

04:29


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

02:56


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

05:15


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

03:54


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

03:22


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

04:42


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

04:05


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

04:27