Double Cross by Ben Macintyre

Published by Crown, July 2012 ****

This book is exactly what it claims to be:  The True Story of the D-Day Spies.  These brave individuals who defied the very dangerous Nazi regime to work for the Allies were a motley group from various nations and with diverse motives.  As these agents became more embroiled in feeding the Nazi’s false information, so grew the idea to use them to distract the Germans from the main Normandy invasion.  It is because of these brave, though sometimes peculiar people that the Germans were unprepared and misguided, and tens of thousands of Allied lives were saved.

Most surprising was not only how few spies the Germans sent to infiltrate the British, but how easily each of them was turned to play the double cross game.  Another surprise was just how gullible and trustworthy the Germans were of their supposed agents.  A combination of ineptness, overconfidence and laziness on the Nazi’s part allowed the double agents to constantly dupe their handlers.  My only major complaint with the book is its redundancy.  It is reiterated far too often that if such and such an agent is suspected to be working with the British, the Germans will become suspicious and so and so will be implicated and the whole system will be broken.  Yes, I get it, it’s dangerous work and there were constant threats of exposure, but I don’t need to be reminded of it every 5 pages. Overall, though, it was a fascinating subject with some outrageous characters and scenarios.

I received a complimentary copy of this book via the Amazon Vine program.

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