Zigzag: Book summary and reviews of Zigzag by Nicholas Booth

Zigzag

The Incredible Wartime Exploits of Double Agent Eddie Chapman

by Nicholas Booth

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Zigzag by Nicholas Booth
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  • Published Sep 2007
    408 pages
    Genre: Biography/Memoir

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Eddie Chapman was handsome, witty, and charming—a con man, jailbird, womanizer, and safe-cracker. He was also the most remarkable double agent of World War II.

To the British, he was known as ZigZag, one of MI5’s most valuable agents. To the Abwehr—German military intelligence—he was known as Fritzchen (Little Fritz), one of their most valued and trusted spies. For three long years, Eddie played this dangerous double game, daily risking life and limb to help England win the war. And yet so charming and seductive was Eddie that his German handler, Baron Stefan von Gröning, thought of Fritzchen as the son he never had. In fact, so esteemed was Eddie by the Germans that he was awarded the Iron Cross for spying for the Reich! He was also the only German spy parachuted in Britain twice.

Until now, Eddie Chapman’s extraordinary double life has never been told, thwarted by the Official Secrets Act. Now all the evidence—including Eddie’s MI5 file—has finally been released, paving the way for Nicholas Booth’s enthralling account of Eddie’s long and tumultuous life.

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"Whether rogue or patriot, his story makes for intriguing reading, but Booth's transparent cheerleading for Chapman detracts from an otherwise enjoyable biography." - Publishers Weekly.

"Booth offers a wonderful spy story based chiefly on Chapman's memoirs, his widow's recollections and, best of all, on files recently freed under Britain's Official Secrets Act." - Kirkus Reviews.

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Nicholas Booth

Nicholas Booth is the author of six previous books. For 10 years, he was a journalist for The Observer and the The Times (London). Now a writer and broadcaster, he divides his time between London and Cheshire.

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