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Operation Mincemeat - How a Dead Man and a Bizarre Plan Fooled the Nazis and Assured an Allied Victory-logo

Operation Mincemeat - How a Dead Man and a Bizarre Plan Fooled the Nazis and Assured an Allied Victory

Ben Macintyre

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 wa

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 wa
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History

Description:

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 wa

Language:

English

Narrators:

John Lee

Length:

11h 20m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:17


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:18


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:49


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

08:35


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:35


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

07:42


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:26


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:33


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:42


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

08:04


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:05


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:58


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:12


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:41


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:45


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

08:42


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:02


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:36


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:05


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:38


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

08:31


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

07:30


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

09:15


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:24


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

07:35


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

07:32


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:35


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

08:23


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:19


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:58


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

09:51


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

07:47


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:23


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

08:20


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

08:10


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:22


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

08:11


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

08:38


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

07:40


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

08:59


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

07:28


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

06:38


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:38


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

08:22


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:04


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

07:26


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

07:55


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:47


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

08:51


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

06:26


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

07:05


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:20


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

05:42


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

06:13


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

07:58


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

06:06


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:55


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

07:24


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

06:36


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

07:50


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

07:29


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

08:49


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

07:49


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

05:24


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

06:24


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

08:06


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

05:52


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

06:29


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

07:37


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

06:42


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

06:37


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

08:23


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

09:47


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

06:35


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

05:37


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

06:17


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

06:35


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

06:02


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

08:30


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

07:05


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

06:58


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

06:59


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

07:19


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

06:49


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

05:45


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

06:05


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

08:16


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

05:24


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

06:03


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

07:36


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

07:44


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

06:16


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

04:57


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

07:18


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

07:20


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

08:45


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

06:14


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

05:41


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

00:29