“The book presses ever forward down a path of historical marvels and astonishing facts. The effect is like a master class that’s accessible to anyone, and Agent Garbo often reads as though it were written in a single, perfect draft.”—The Atlantic
Before he remade himself as the master spy known as Garbo, Juan Pujol was nothing more than a Barcelona poultry farmer. But as Garbo, he turned in a masterpiece of deception that changed the course of World War II. Posing as the Nazis’ only reliable spy inside England, he created an imaginary million-man army, invented armadas out of thin air, and brought a vast network of fictional subagents to life. The scheme culminated on June 6, 1944, when Garbo convinced the Germans that the Allied forces approaching Normandy were just a feint—the real invasion would come at Calais. Because of his brilliant trickery, the Allies were able to land with much less opposition and eventually push on to Berlin.
As incredible as it sounds, everything in Agent Garbo is true, based on years of archival research and interviews with Pujol’s family. This pulse-pounding thriller set in the shadow world of espionage and deception reveals the shocking reality of spycraft that occurs just below the surface of history.
“Stephan Talty’s unsurpassed research brings forth one of the war’s greatest agents in a must-read book for those who think they know all the great World War II stories.” —Gregory Freeman, author of The Forgotten 500
Epic intelligence coups of WWII unreel in this colorful caper saga. Journalist Talty (Empire of Blue Water) recounts the exploits of Juan Pujol, an idealistic Spanish chicken farmer and hotelier who ran an ingenious free-lance scam to feed German intelligence officers in Spain fabricated information from an England he had never seen, then persuaded the initially dismissive British to accept him as a double agent. Derring-do subsides to theatrical fraud once Pujols is safely ensconced in London as
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Who knew? Not me!
Since I visited the beaches of Normandy, France in the summer of 2010, I’ve been fascinated with WW II (especially since I don’t have to take tests about it!). I found the book, Agent Garbo, and was amazed with the story. Who knew about Agent Garbo? I certainly didn’t. I don’t recall learning about this in high school. And who knew how the war would have turned out had Agent Garbo not been there. I recommend this book.
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This is a wonderful read a real page turner.
It starts off kind of slow but takes off during the war years.
Could not put this book down , finished it in 4 days.
Truly amazing story
Well written and truly inspiring. Heard the author on a radio program discussing the book, which I then purchased. A good reminder of the debt we owe to many of these unknown heros. I genuinely enjoyed the true life action story that unfolded and the implications on the characters lives, and ultimately on the lives of many of us. Thanks to the author.