Agent Garbo: The Brilliant, Eccentric Secret Agent Who

Agent Garbo: The Brilliant, Eccentric Secret Agent Who


10 thoughts on “Agent Garbo: The Brilliant, Eccentric Secret Agent Who Tricked Hitler and Saved D-Day

  1. Christine Christine says:

    Talty s book about Garbro in reality a Spanish man, Juan Pujol Garica who sided with the UK during the Second World War is a good biography about a mystery man Talty presents him warts and all Considering how in some biographies about famous men, the wives are depicted either as knowing and forgiving suffering saints, or totally at fault, Talty is understanding to Garica s first wife Araceli, in particular when detailing the family s experiences in London.


  2. Rebecca Rebecca says:

    I d started to hear about the enormous fictional army that fooled the Nazis back when I was a child, but I feel like a lotdetail has become public knowledge in recent years While I doubt any single book could encompass the sudden professionalization of the Great Game, this one does a very thorough, and fascinating, job portraying a single, key agent.Juan Pujol, who would later be codenamed Garbo , was a complete loser, a dreamer who failed at nearly everything he touched Until he decide I d started to hear about the enormous fictional army that fooled the Nazis back when I was a child, but I feel like a lotdetail has become public knowledge in recent years While I doubt any single book could encompass the sudden professionalization of the Great Game, this one does a very thorough, and fascinating, job portraying a single, key agent.Juan Pujol, who would later be codenamed Garbo , was a complete loser, a dreamer who failed at nearly everything he touched Until he decided to make it his life s mission to stop the Nazis Without any backup of any kind, he walked into the German intelligence offices, spouting fabulous nonsense, and slowly hoodwinked them into believing that he was a major source It took a surprisingly long time for the British to realize that he was feeding the Nazis misinformation and that he actively wanted to be a double agent for them, but once they did, his story really takes off A host of dazzling personalities waltzes through Pujol s career, from Kim Philby to agents like Tricycle and Brutus to Hitler s own spymaster And the capers they pull off are so audacious that they would look ridiculous in fiction Pujol finally even has to con his own wife in the name of the cause And it all leads up to one major test disguising one of the largest invading armies the world has ever seen.The history is riveting and appears to be thoroughly researched While there is no grand master thesis to be discovered, this book does an excellent job of revealing an undertold story thatthan deserves to be told


  3. ☘Misericordia☘ ~ The Serendipity Aegis ~ ⚡ϟ⚡ϟ⚡⛈ ✺❂❤❣ ☘Misericordia☘ ~ The Serendipity Aegis ~ ⚡ϟ⚡ϟ⚡⛈ ✺❂❤❣ says:

    Intriguing even though populistic and simplistic.


  4. Lisa Lisa says:

    It is rather strange to be reading this book in Russia We in the west have grown up on heroic tales of World War II derring do of which this book is one , but here in Russia they have a different view of how the war was won For them, the hard slog of repelling the Germans at Stalingrad was the decisive moment, not D Day It was in Russia that Hitler suffered his first defeat 27 million of their countrymen died in World War II, and from what we ve been told Russians feel that western histor It is rather strange to be reading this book in Russia We in the west have grown up on heroic tales of World War II derring do of which this book is one , but here in Russia they have a different view of how the war was won For them, the hard slog of repelling the Germans at Stalingrad was the decisive moment, not D Day It was in Russia that Hitler suffered his first defeat 27 million of their countrymen died in World War II, and from what we ve been told Russians feel that western historians such as Antony Beevor tend to focus on poor German strategy and the bitter Russian winter as the causes of Hitler s defeat, without acknowledging the incredible courage of Russian soldiers and civilians in the battle to force the German retreat from the USSR I didn t finish reading Beevor s Stalingrad before we left home, so I don t know if this impression is a fair one, or not I m merely reporting what we ve seen and heard here However from what I read of it, I think that Beevor does acknowledge that Stalingrad was won at least in part through sheer determination, fighting street by street with very limited resources while besieged on all sides It may be a matter of degree But Vasily Grossman s account of this heroic battle in Life and Fate depicts the human face of it in a way that no non fiction history could ever hope to do That was what brought me nearly to tears when we visited the War Memorial at St Petersburg The St Petersburg Memorial is on the outskirts of the city then called Leningrad and it shows just how close the Nazis came Here as at Stalingrad they encircled the city and they besieged it for 900 days No food or supplied could get in by land or sea, and the Nazis had control of the skies so there could be no food drops either Hitler s expressed intention was contrary to his view of protecting Paris that he wanted to obliterate the city, and the bombardment was intense You can see photos of how they trashed Pushkin, a satellite town southwest of St Petersburg when you visit Catherine s Palace You can also see the memorial to the Jews who were despatched to their deaths from there Throughout our tour our guide told us incredible stories about how, as the Germans advanced, the golden turrets of the St Petersburg cathedrals were camouflaged to conceal where the centre of the city was, and how the treasures of the museums were spirited away to safety in eastern Russia or stashed in cellars and basements But the statuary here shows the impact on ordinary civilians, how many of them died of starvation once the siege began and there was no way in or out of the city The sheer scale of casualties impacts still on every St Petersburg family Stephan Talty s book, Agent Garbo The Brilliant, Eccentric Double Agent Who Tricked Hitler and Saved D Day, however, is about a different kind of war altogether, the world of spies and secret intelligence services And it is a most amazing story.To read the rest of my review please visit


  5. Cathi Davis Cathi Davis says:

    Like reading wet cardboard The focus on the brilliant double agent seems misplaced The real work was done by the British intelligence service They appear to have taken a man s persona and then sequestered him away while they created and maintained a fictitious spy network in England While true that their feints bought some precious time to shore up the D Day invasion, Pujol s contribution appears negligible A man who cut off all contact with his children, allowed his estranged wife to be t Like reading wet cardboard The focus on the brilliant double agent seems misplaced The real work was done by the British intelligence service They appear to have taken a man s persona and then sequestered him away while they created and maintained a fictitious spy network in England While true that their feints bought some precious time to shore up the D Day invasion, Pujol s contribution appears negligible A man who cut off all contact with his children, allowed his estranged wife to be told he was dead, and them married a sixteen year old for his second wife To name only three fabulous events I am giving up on these pseudo historical books They are a pretense to scholarship with footnotes, bibliographies, indexes But that doesn t make the research valid or strictly accurate I feel like a story line was imagined and then told with no facts getting in the way Shame on the WSJ for recommending this book Reads like a turgid overblown bosom heaver It was better than the book Agent Zig Zag But not by much What I really want to read is a careful analysis, if true as portrayed in these books, of why and how the nazis were such fools


  6. Peter Martuneac Peter Martuneac says:

    A truly incredible story of a real life James Bond Agent Garbo was a double agent working for the allies His spy career started off pretty poorly, and he was nearly discovered But he soon became one of the most influential men in the war, though few knew it Embedded in Nazi Germany acting as an Axis spy, Garbo conjure up a whole network of fake spies throughout England, creating fake Allied armies while shrouding in secrecy the real ones He had the Axis Powers so completely fooled that Hitl A truly incredible story of a real life James Bond Agent Garbo was a double agent working for the allies His spy career started off pretty poorly, and he was nearly discovered But he soon became one of the most influential men in the war, though few knew it Embedded in Nazi Germany acting as an Axis spy, Garbo conjure up a whole network of fake spies throughout England, creating fake Allied armies while shrouding in secrecy the real ones He had the Axis Powers so completely fooled that Hitler himself called Garbo one of the Third Reich s most valuable assets.Garbo a final act in the war was keeping German forces in the dark regarding the Normandy invasion It was his report, placed on the desk of the Fuhrer, that convinced Hitler that the invasion was a feint, and so kept back the German reinforcements that could have easily driven the Allied soldiers back across the Channel in a disastrous defeat If not for Garbo, the outcome of the war may have been very different.History buffs, get this book


  7. Jeff Raymond Jeff Raymond says:

    This was one of the most fascinating reads about World War II I ve gotten my hands on in some time.In a recent issue of Mental Floss, it gave the basic details of the spymaster named Garbo who effectively paved the way for the D Day invasion to have some success by successfully diverting Axis Nazi resources to a fake invasion location His act involved a significant number of false resources and leads along the way and is credited to some degree for helping win the war A truly eccentric charact This was one of the most fascinating reads about World War II I ve gotten my hands on in some time.In a recent issue of Mental Floss, it gave the basic details of the spymaster named Garbo who effectively paved the way for the D Day invasion to have some success by successfully diverting Axis Nazi resources to a fake invasion location His act involved a significant number of false resources and leads along the way and is credited to some degree for helping win the war A truly eccentric character, the story is almost unbelievable on a whole, but here it is.The book does suffer somewhat from a fairly disjointed narrative, and my natural skeptical instincts kicked inoften than not, but, on a whole, it s a fun read at the very least with a lot of interesting details about espionage in the era that I wasn t aware of Definitely recommended for a lighter look


  8. Pamela Mclaren Pamela Mclaren says:

    This is the kind of book that surprises you nonfiction, historical but eminently readable and like a book mystery, it draws you into the tale of young Spanish man who decides to become a spy for Hitler and due to his cunning and intelligence, is able to trick Adolph Hitler and the German army about the site of Allied landing on D Day.The title caught me before I started reading and because of Greta Garbo, I was thinking that I would be reading about a female spy So first off is my surprise at This is the kind of book that surprises you nonfiction, historical but eminently readable and like a book mystery, it draws you into the tale of young Spanish man who decides to become a spy for Hitler and due to his cunning and intelligence, is able to trick Adolph Hitler and the German army about the site of Allied landing on D Day.The title caught me before I started reading and because of Greta Garbo, I was thinking that I would be reading about a female spy So first off is my surprise at the gender of the person I was going to read about And then to read about this young man Juan Pujol Garcia who couldn t seem to settle and succeed at business, even deserting in the Spanish army when he developed a hatred of both the communists and fascists during the Spanish civil war But Garcia wanted to do something that would make his family proud of him, so miraculously, he started with only his imagination and intelligence, and recreated himself into a spy He first offered himself to the Germans then struggled to get the British to take him seriously But at a certain point, the German spy who was supposedly sharing believable secrets with the Axis came to the attention of the British and they knew they had to not only find him but use him.And what a successful relationship it was How our lives may have been changed if he and those other men and women working with him and for the same purpose hadn t succeeded This is a very interesting book to read and I enjoyed it immensely And what timing to read this as we come up to June 6, the 75th anniversary of the landing on Normandy


  9. Paul Lyons Paul Lyons says:

    Juan Pujol was indeed a hero of World War II Using his intelligence, and vast imaginationPujol as Agent Garbo managed to fool Nazi Germany with false information, and elaborate fabrication for yearsculminating in the ultimate deception by tricking the Germans into thinking that the D Day invasion at Normandy was only a feint, with the real attack being staged further north This one clever act saved thousands of lives, and turned the course of the war However, Pujol, though a herois Juan Pujol was indeed a hero of World War II Using his intelligence, and vast imaginationPujol as Agent Garbo managed to fool Nazi Germany with false information, and elaborate fabrication for yearsculminating in the ultimate deception by tricking the Germans into thinking that the D Day invasion at Normandy was only a feint, with the real attack being staged further north This one clever act saved thousands of lives, and turned the course of the war However, Pujol, though a heroisn t a particularly compelling character, and Stephen Talty s Agent Garbo The Brilliant, Eccentric Secret Agent Who Tricked Hitler and Saved D Day isn t a particularly compelling book.Unlike, say, Ben Macintyre s page turner Agent Zig Zag, which told the fascinating story of a criminal named Eddie Chapman who became an unconventional war hero though his work as a British double agent Agent Garbo is a essentially a story of a spy who did all of his work sitting at a desk His work was very important, mind youyet that doesn t mean that it makes a good storyat least not in the way Stephan Talty tells it I found myself intrigued on some pages, and bored on others Garbo was not a field agentso the majority of the book deals with how Garbo Pujol s deceitful messages affected the actions of the German high commandand the progress of the war Too many times, I felt the book lost track of Pujol Garbo s storyand instead focused on the events surrounding World War II.Who knows Perhaps there IS a great story to tell about Juan Pujolhe deserves a great story Yet Stephan Talty s Agent Garbo book is not it


  10. Tony Taylor Tony Taylor says:

    Fascinating story about someone I never heard of before now Garbo Agent Garbo was a double agent during WWII working in England for the British while sending false or almost false intelligence to the German spy agencies He was a Spaniard from Madrid with almost no education and no training in the ways of being a spy, but using his imagination and inherent talents, he became the most famous spy of WWII and possibly of all time His crowning glory was in being able to convince Hitler that the l Fascinating story about someone I never heard of before now Garbo Agent Garbo was a double agent during WWII working in England for the British while sending false or almost false intelligence to the German spy agencies He was a Spaniard from Madrid with almost no education and no training in the ways of being a spy, but using his imagination and inherent talents, he became the most famous spy of WWII and possibly of all time His crowning glory was in being able to convince Hitler that the landing at Normandy D Day was not the main invasion and that he should hold his tanks and troops elsewhere Even after the landing had taken place, Hitler was so convinced that there would be a bigger invasion at Calais that he held his tanks and troops back for another two months Agent Garbo was the only person in WWII who was awarded the Iron Cross by Germany as well as the OBE Order of the British Empire.Anyone who enjoys intrigue or history will certainly enjoy this well written book about someone you never heard of before


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Agent Garbo: The Brilliant, Eccentric Secret Agent Who Tricked Hitler and Saved D-Day ❮Ebook❯ ➦ Agent Garbo: The Brilliant, Eccentric Secret Agent Who Tricked Hitler and Saved D-Day Author Stephan Talty – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk 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 an Were The Brilliant, Eccentric Secret ePUB ´ the D Day landings saved from failure The Brilliant, PDF É 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 Agent Garbo: Kindle - 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 Garbo: The Brilliant, PDF/EPUB » the British believed he was really on the Allies sideIn 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 BritainFor 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 momentBased 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.

    Load results Apple Footer Apple Support 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 BritainFor 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 momentBased 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."/>
  • Hardcover
  • 320 pages
  • Agent Garbo: The Brilliant, Eccentric Secret Agent Who Tricked Hitler and Saved D-Day
  • Stephan Talty
  • English
  • 08 March 2018
  • 0547614810

About the Author: Stephan Talty

Stephan The Brilliant, Eccentric Secret ePUB ´ Talty is the New York Times bestselling The Brilliant, PDF É author of six acclaimed books of narrative nonfiction, as well as the Abbie Kearney crime novels Originally from Buffalo, he now lives outside New York CityTalty began as a Agent Garbo: Kindle - widely published journalist who has contributed to the New York Times Magazine, GQ, Men s Journal, Time Out New York, Details, and many other publications He is the author of the forthcoming thriller Hangman the sequel to Black Garbo: The Brilliant, PDF/EPUB » Irish , as well as Agent Garbo The Brilliant, Eccentric Double Agent who Tricked Hitler and Saved D Day and Empire of Blue Water Captain Morgan s Great Pirate Army, the Epic Battle for the Americas, and the Catastrophe that Ended the Outlaws Bloody ReignHis short e book,The Secret Agent In Search of America s Greatest World War II Spy was the best sellingSingle of .


10 thoughts on “Agent Garbo: The Brilliant, Eccentric Secret Agent Who Tricked Hitler and Saved D-Day

  1. Christine Christine says:

    Talty s book about Garbro in reality a Spanish man, Juan Pujol Garica who sided with the UK during the Second World War is a good biography about a mystery man Talty presents him warts and all Considering how in some biographies about famous men, the wives are depicted either as knowing and forgiving suffering saints, or totally at fault, Talty is understanding to Garica s first wife Araceli, in particular when detailing the family s experiences in London.

  2. Rebecca Rebecca says:

    I d started to hear about the enormous fictional army that fooled the Nazis back when I was a child, but I feel like a lotdetail has become public knowledge in recent years While I doubt any single book could encompass the sudden professionalization of the Great Game, this one does a very thorough, and fascinating, job portraying a single, key agent.Juan Pujol, who would later be codenamed Garbo , was a complete loser, a dreamer who failed at nearly everything he touched Until he decide I d started to hear about the enormous fictional army that fooled the Nazis back when I was a child, but I feel like a lotdetail has become public knowledge in recent years While I doubt any single book could encompass the sudden professionalization of the Great Game, this one does a very thorough, and fascinating, job portraying a single, key agent.Juan Pujol, who would later be codenamed Garbo , was a complete loser, a dreamer who failed at nearly everything he touched Until he decided to make it his life s mission to stop the Nazis Without any backup of any kind, he walked into the German intelligence offices, spouting fabulous nonsense, and slowly hoodwinked them into believing that he was a major source It took a surprisingly long time for the British to realize that he was feeding the Nazis misinformation and that he actively wanted to be a double agent for them, but once they did, his story really takes off A host of dazzling personalities waltzes through Pujol s career, from Kim Philby to agents like Tricycle and Brutus to Hitler s own spymaster And the capers they pull off are so audacious that they would look ridiculous in fiction Pujol finally even has to con his own wife in the name of the cause And it all leads up to one major test disguising one of the largest invading armies the world has ever seen.The history is riveting and appears to be thoroughly researched While there is no grand master thesis to be discovered, this book does an excellent job of revealing an undertold story thatthan deserves to be told

  3. ☘Misericordia☘ ~ The Serendipity Aegis ~ ⚡ϟ⚡ϟ⚡⛈ ✺❂❤❣ ☘Misericordia☘ ~ The Serendipity Aegis ~ ⚡ϟ⚡ϟ⚡⛈ ✺❂❤❣ says:

    Intriguing even though populistic and simplistic.

  4. Lisa Lisa says:

    It is rather strange to be reading this book in Russia We in the west have grown up on heroic tales of World War II derring do of which this book is one , but here in Russia they have a different view of how the war was won For them, the hard slog of repelling the Germans at Stalingrad was the decisive moment, not D Day It was in Russia that Hitler suffered his first defeat 27 million of their countrymen died in World War II, and from what we ve been told Russians feel that western histor It is rather strange to be reading this book in Russia We in the west have grown up on heroic tales of World War II derring do of which this book is one , but here in Russia they have a different view of how the war was won For them, the hard slog of repelling the Germans at Stalingrad was the decisive moment, not D Day It was in Russia that Hitler suffered his first defeat 27 million of their countrymen died in World War II, and from what we ve been told Russians feel that western historians such as Antony Beevor tend to focus on poor German strategy and the bitter Russian winter as the causes of Hitler s defeat, without acknowledging the incredible courage of Russian soldiers and civilians in the battle to force the German retreat from the USSR I didn t finish reading Beevor s Stalingrad before we left home, so I don t know if this impression is a fair one, or not I m merely reporting what we ve seen and heard here However from what I read of it, I think that Beevor does acknowledge that Stalingrad was won at least in part through sheer determination, fighting street by street with very limited resources while besieged on all sides It may be a matter of degree But Vasily Grossman s account of this heroic battle in Life and Fate depicts the human face of it in a way that no non fiction history could ever hope to do That was what brought me nearly to tears when we visited the War Memorial at St Petersburg The St Petersburg Memorial is on the outskirts of the city then called Leningrad and it shows just how close the Nazis came Here as at Stalingrad they encircled the city and they besieged it for 900 days No food or supplied could get in by land or sea, and the Nazis had control of the skies so there could be no food drops either Hitler s expressed intention was contrary to his view of protecting Paris that he wanted to obliterate the city, and the bombardment was intense You can see photos of how they trashed Pushkin, a satellite town southwest of St Petersburg when you visit Catherine s Palace You can also see the memorial to the Jews who were despatched to their deaths from there Throughout our tour our guide told us incredible stories about how, as the Germans advanced, the golden turrets of the St Petersburg cathedrals were camouflaged to conceal where the centre of the city was, and how the treasures of the museums were spirited away to safety in eastern Russia or stashed in cellars and basements But the statuary here shows the impact on ordinary civilians, how many of them died of starvation once the siege began and there was no way in or out of the city The sheer scale of casualties impacts still on every St Petersburg family Stephan Talty s book, Agent Garbo The Brilliant, Eccentric Double Agent Who Tricked Hitler and Saved D Day, however, is about a different kind of war altogether, the world of spies and secret intelligence services And it is a most amazing story.To read the rest of my review please visit

  5. Cathi Davis Cathi Davis says:

    Like reading wet cardboard The focus on the brilliant double agent seems misplaced The real work was done by the British intelligence service They appear to have taken a man s persona and then sequestered him away while they created and maintained a fictitious spy network in England While true that their feints bought some precious time to shore up the D Day invasion, Pujol s contribution appears negligible A man who cut off all contact with his children, allowed his estranged wife to be t Like reading wet cardboard The focus on the brilliant double agent seems misplaced The real work was done by the British intelligence service They appear to have taken a man s persona and then sequestered him away while they created and maintained a fictitious spy network in England While true that their feints bought some precious time to shore up the D Day invasion, Pujol s contribution appears negligible A man who cut off all contact with his children, allowed his estranged wife to be told he was dead, and them married a sixteen year old for his second wife To name only three fabulous events I am giving up on these pseudo historical books They are a pretense to scholarship with footnotes, bibliographies, indexes But that doesn t make the research valid or strictly accurate I feel like a story line was imagined and then told with no facts getting in the way Shame on the WSJ for recommending this book Reads like a turgid overblown bosom heaver It was better than the book Agent Zig Zag But not by much What I really want to read is a careful analysis, if true as portrayed in these books, of why and how the nazis were such fools

  6. Peter Martuneac Peter Martuneac says:

    A truly incredible story of a real life James Bond Agent Garbo was a double agent working for the allies His spy career started off pretty poorly, and he was nearly discovered But he soon became one of the most influential men in the war, though few knew it Embedded in Nazi Germany acting as an Axis spy, Garbo conjure up a whole network of fake spies throughout England, creating fake Allied armies while shrouding in secrecy the real ones He had the Axis Powers so completely fooled that Hitl A truly incredible story of a real life James Bond Agent Garbo was a double agent working for the allies His spy career started off pretty poorly, and he was nearly discovered But he soon became one of the most influential men in the war, though few knew it Embedded in Nazi Germany acting as an Axis spy, Garbo conjure up a whole network of fake spies throughout England, creating fake Allied armies while shrouding in secrecy the real ones He had the Axis Powers so completely fooled that Hitler himself called Garbo one of the Third Reich s most valuable assets.Garbo a final act in the war was keeping German forces in the dark regarding the Normandy invasion It was his report, placed on the desk of the Fuhrer, that convinced Hitler that the invasion was a feint, and so kept back the German reinforcements that could have easily driven the Allied soldiers back across the Channel in a disastrous defeat If not for Garbo, the outcome of the war may have been very different.History buffs, get this book

  7. Jeff Raymond Jeff Raymond says:

    This was one of the most fascinating reads about World War II I ve gotten my hands on in some time.In a recent issue of Mental Floss, it gave the basic details of the spymaster named Garbo who effectively paved the way for the D Day invasion to have some success by successfully diverting Axis Nazi resources to a fake invasion location His act involved a significant number of false resources and leads along the way and is credited to some degree for helping win the war A truly eccentric charact This was one of the most fascinating reads about World War II I ve gotten my hands on in some time.In a recent issue of Mental Floss, it gave the basic details of the spymaster named Garbo who effectively paved the way for the D Day invasion to have some success by successfully diverting Axis Nazi resources to a fake invasion location His act involved a significant number of false resources and leads along the way and is credited to some degree for helping win the war A truly eccentric character, the story is almost unbelievable on a whole, but here it is.The book does suffer somewhat from a fairly disjointed narrative, and my natural skeptical instincts kicked inoften than not, but, on a whole, it s a fun read at the very least with a lot of interesting details about espionage in the era that I wasn t aware of Definitely recommended for a lighter look

  8. Pamela Mclaren Pamela Mclaren says:

    This is the kind of book that surprises you nonfiction, historical but eminently readable and like a book mystery, it draws you into the tale of young Spanish man who decides to become a spy for Hitler and due to his cunning and intelligence, is able to trick Adolph Hitler and the German army about the site of Allied landing on D Day.The title caught me before I started reading and because of Greta Garbo, I was thinking that I would be reading about a female spy So first off is my surprise at This is the kind of book that surprises you nonfiction, historical but eminently readable and like a book mystery, it draws you into the tale of young Spanish man who decides to become a spy for Hitler and due to his cunning and intelligence, is able to trick Adolph Hitler and the German army about the site of Allied landing on D Day.The title caught me before I started reading and because of Greta Garbo, I was thinking that I would be reading about a female spy So first off is my surprise at the gender of the person I was going to read about And then to read about this young man Juan Pujol Garcia who couldn t seem to settle and succeed at business, even deserting in the Spanish army when he developed a hatred of both the communists and fascists during the Spanish civil war But Garcia wanted to do something that would make his family proud of him, so miraculously, he started with only his imagination and intelligence, and recreated himself into a spy He first offered himself to the Germans then struggled to get the British to take him seriously But at a certain point, the German spy who was supposedly sharing believable secrets with the Axis came to the attention of the British and they knew they had to not only find him but use him.And what a successful relationship it was How our lives may have been changed if he and those other men and women working with him and for the same purpose hadn t succeeded This is a very interesting book to read and I enjoyed it immensely And what timing to read this as we come up to June 6, the 75th anniversary of the landing on Normandy

  9. Paul Lyons Paul Lyons says:

    Juan Pujol was indeed a hero of World War II Using his intelligence, and vast imaginationPujol as Agent Garbo managed to fool Nazi Germany with false information, and elaborate fabrication for yearsculminating in the ultimate deception by tricking the Germans into thinking that the D Day invasion at Normandy was only a feint, with the real attack being staged further north This one clever act saved thousands of lives, and turned the course of the war However, Pujol, though a herois Juan Pujol was indeed a hero of World War II Using his intelligence, and vast imaginationPujol as Agent Garbo managed to fool Nazi Germany with false information, and elaborate fabrication for yearsculminating in the ultimate deception by tricking the Germans into thinking that the D Day invasion at Normandy was only a feint, with the real attack being staged further north This one clever act saved thousands of lives, and turned the course of the war However, Pujol, though a heroisn t a particularly compelling character, and Stephen Talty s Agent Garbo The Brilliant, Eccentric Secret Agent Who Tricked Hitler and Saved D Day isn t a particularly compelling book.Unlike, say, Ben Macintyre s page turner Agent Zig Zag, which told the fascinating story of a criminal named Eddie Chapman who became an unconventional war hero though his work as a British double agent Agent Garbo is a essentially a story of a spy who did all of his work sitting at a desk His work was very important, mind youyet that doesn t mean that it makes a good storyat least not in the way Stephan Talty tells it I found myself intrigued on some pages, and bored on others Garbo was not a field agentso the majority of the book deals with how Garbo Pujol s deceitful messages affected the actions of the German high commandand the progress of the war Too many times, I felt the book lost track of Pujol Garbo s storyand instead focused on the events surrounding World War II.Who knows Perhaps there IS a great story to tell about Juan Pujolhe deserves a great story Yet Stephan Talty s Agent Garbo book is not it

  10. Tony Taylor Tony Taylor says:

    Fascinating story about someone I never heard of before now Garbo Agent Garbo was a double agent during WWII working in England for the British while sending false or almost false intelligence to the German spy agencies He was a Spaniard from Madrid with almost no education and no training in the ways of being a spy, but using his imagination and inherent talents, he became the most famous spy of WWII and possibly of all time His crowning glory was in being able to convince Hitler that the l Fascinating story about someone I never heard of before now Garbo Agent Garbo was a double agent during WWII working in England for the British while sending false or almost false intelligence to the German spy agencies He was a Spaniard from Madrid with almost no education and no training in the ways of being a spy, but using his imagination and inherent talents, he became the most famous spy of WWII and possibly of all time His crowning glory was in being able to convince Hitler that the landing at Normandy D Day was not the main invasion and that he should hold his tanks and troops elsewhere Even after the landing had taken place, Hitler was so convinced that there would be a bigger invasion at Calais that he held his tanks and troops back for another two months Agent Garbo was the only person in WWII who was awarded the Iron Cross by Germany as well as the OBE Order of the British Empire.Anyone who enjoys intrigue or history will certainly enjoy this well written book about someone you never heard of before

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