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Agent Zigzag

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Agent Zigzag

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Ben Macintyre
publisher:
Harmony Books
genre:
Biography, History

We gave it an A

Eddie Chapman’s story is the best kind: wildly improbable but entirely true. In 1930s London, this charming crook cracked safes, pulled heists, and hobnobbed with Noël Coward and the like. In jail on the isle of Jersey when the Nazis invaded, he was recruited as a German spy while in occupied France (and trained by a Nazi who loved English folk dancing). After parachuting back into England, Chapman became a valuable double agent for the nascent MI5, who continually doubted if this con man — code-named Zigzag — was on the level. He was. And so is Ben Macintyre, relating his compellingly cinematic spy thriller in Agent Zigzag with verve. A