Agent Garbo The Brilliant, Eccentric Secret Agent Who Tricked Hitler and Saved D-day (Paperback)
|Author: Stephan Talty|
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|The little-known World War II espionage story of Spaniard Juan Pujol, who convinced Hitler''s Abwehr that he had a ring of spies in Britain, only to pull off one of the greatest feats of any double agent: he fooled Hitler and disguised D-Day.|
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Were the D-Day landings saved from failure because of a lone secret agent?||Agent Garbo tells the astonishing story of a self-made secret agent who matched wits with the best minds of the Third Reich ? and won. Juan Pujol was a nobody, a Barcelona poultry farmer determined to oppose the Nazis. Using only his gift for daring falsehoods, Pujol became Germany's most valued agent ? or double agent: it took four tries before the British believed he was really on the Allies' side.||In the guise of Garbo, Pujol turned in a masterpiece of deception worthy of his big-screen namesake. He created an imaginary million-man army, invented armadas out of thin air, and brought a vast network of fictional subagents whirring to life. His unwitting German handlers believed every word, and banked on Garbo's lies as their only source of espionage within Great Britain.||For his greatest performance, Pujol had to convince the German High Command that the D-Day invasion of Normandy was a feint and the real attack was aimed at Calais. The Nazis bought it, turning the tide of battle at the crucial moment.||Based on years of archival research and interviews with Pujol's family, Agent Garbo is a true-life thriller set in the shadow world of espionage and deception.