Saturday, July 14, 2012

An Extravagant Character, World War, and a True Spy Story: Agent Garbo by Stephan Talty

Agent Garbo, a Spainard named Juan Pujol, was one of Britain's most successful double agents. Juan was not someone you would pick to have a successful career in espionage. He was the despair of his parents, failing at everything he undertook, until he got he became an agent for the Germans. Juan wanted to spy for the British, but they weren't interested until they discovered that he was responsible for major deceptions that had the Germans fooled, and most important, the Germans trusted him.

Agent Garbo is a well researched, but very readable history. It reads like a spy novel, making it an excellent choice for summer reading. This little known bit of history is one of the most important espionage operations in World War II. Garbo was so well respected by the Germans that he fooled even Hitler about the plans for D-Day and doing so saved innumerable Allied lives.

I highly recommend this book. If you're a World War II buff, it's fascinating reading. If you're into spy stories, this is a very entertaining book.

I reviewed this book as part of the Amazon Vine Program.