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Agent Zigzag: The True Wartime Story of Eddie Chapman: The Most Notorious Double Agent of World War II by Ben Macintyre

There are so many heroes (and cads and villains) in our history. If there was anyone with the qualities of all three, it could only be Eddie Chapman. He was basically a British conman, who asked the German if he could work for them (because he was in their custody), and they readily agreed. He was taken to France where the trainers taught him the latest spying techniques. He soaked in all the knowledge like a good student. Both the British and the Germans were worried that the other country had a superior spy network; Eddie Chapman took advantage of the situation.

Returned For a Top Secret Mission


Eddie Chapman returned to London for a top secret mission, but the parachute jump was bungled, forcing him to turn to the nearest policeman and thus began his career as a double agent. It doesn’t happen often that the same story inspires two writers at the same (for two books). Basically, he was just a professional criminal who worked as a double agent for both Germans and the British. The spy drama of his life is a classic one where everything present in the spying world existed, complete with beautiful blondes, cyanide capsules, invisible inks and secret codes. His life was full of adventures and it seemed he craved for more.

Vanished For the Next Six Years


In the beginning of his career, Eddie Chapman was thrown out of the British Army (absent without leave) and then he started pursuing a flashy lifestyle with an element of glamour in it. One crime led to another and his crimes caught up with him in 1939, when Scotland Yard zeroed in on him. He was on a holiday with Betty on island of Jersey, when he saw the police approaching. He jumped through a glass window and Betty was unable to see him for the next six years.

Earlier Accounts Were Not Complete


MI5 issued false identification papers to Eddie Chapman, and so did the Germans. He also published hi story titled The Eddie Chapman Story in 1954, but the version was heavily censored and the readers concluded he only worked for the Germans (the fact that he also worked for MI5 was completely ignored in The Eddie Chapman Story). The next edition of the book appeared in 1966, but even this was not the complete account of Eddie Chapman’s life. Eddie Chapman died in 1997, though he was not notorious anymore at that time. His file was declassified by the MI5 in 2001, and about 1700 pages of information came out in the public domain. Two journalists, Ben Macintyre and Nicholas Booth felt this was the chance to create a popular book, and two books were born.

The Psychology behind the Man


Ben Macintyre is graceful writer, as he writes clearly and presents a more fluent account of the life of Eddie Chapman. To some extent, he is also skeptical and is not taken in easily by Eddie Chapman’s words. Moreover, he is largely interested in the psychology of the man Eddie was and emotions he might have gone through.

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