Agent Garbo

Agent Garbo

The Brilliant, Eccentric Secret Agent Who Tricked Hitler and Saved D-Day

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Houghton
“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

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.

Baker & Taylor
This true-life thriller describes Juan Pujol, a poultry farmer who opposed the Nazis and concocted a series of staggering lies that lead to his becoming one of Germany's most valued spies, who was really acting as a double-agent for the Allies. 35,000 first printing.

Publisher: Boston ; New York : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2012]
ISBN: 9780547614823
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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nellybells
Jul 25, 2017

This is a dandy WW2 espionage book and true. Fiction could not be more strange than this story. Pujol (code name Garbo because he was such a magnificent actor) and other spies created deception and diversion. Garbo had the Germans convinced he was the real thing - a Hitler lover who had access to the highest levels of Allied intelligence. Together with the Brits and then the Yanks, they created a deception that was staggering in its bravado. Many many thousands of lives were saved and the Allies were able to hold their beach head because the Germans believed Normandy was a hoax and Pas de Calais was the real front. Eisenhower knew of him, as did Montgomery and Churchill.

ChristchurchLib Dec 18, 2012

"This true-life thriller describes Juan Pujol, a poultry farmer who opposed the Nazis and concocted a series of staggering lies that led to his becoming one of Germany's most valued spies, while actually acting as a double-agent for the Allies." Biography and Memoir December 2012 newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=581155

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