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Tells for the first time the full true story of the character who captured the imagination in Ben Macintyre’s Double Cross He tells of Pujol’s early life in Spain his determination to fight totalitarianism ­and his strange journey from German spy to MI5 Working for the British whom he saw as the exemplars of freedom and democracy he created a bizarre fictional network of spies – 29 of them – that misled the entire German high command including Hi. An audacious and almost incredible story of the you just can t make this shit up variety How on Earth had I never heard of this fascinating tale before given my interest in anything of the sort

Summary The Spy with 29 Names

Tler himself Above all in Operation Fortitude he diverted German Panzer divisions away from Normandy playing a crucial role in safeguarding D Day and ending the war and securing his reputation as the most successful double agent of the warMeticulously researched yet told with the verve of a thriller The Spy with 29 Names uncovers the truth – far stranger than any fiction – about the spy behind one of recent history’s most important and dramatic even. Moving from the gore and mayhem of the maneuvers of war to the cold huts of Bletchley in 1940 and thence to the mundane safe houses of MI5 Jason Webster has scripted a tale of defiant imagination unuenched belief and thread hanging gambits that all came together to play a major part in the Allies triumph over Nazi Germany It shows again that pitted against brute force wit and imagination will often tip the scale A vividly and well written story although one that sometimes left me thinking that the author was interested in telling tales of martial derring do for their imaginative impact than in advancing this tale And yet I have been thoroughly educated about British thinking during the Nazi war

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He fought on both sides in the Spanish Civil War He was awarded the Iron Cross by Hitler and an MBE by Britain To MI5 he was known as Garbo To the Abwehr he was Alaric He also went by Rags the Indian Poet Mrs Gerbers Stanley the Welsh Nationalist – and 24 other names He tricked Hitler over D Day He was the greatest double agent in historyBut who exactly was Juan PujolUsing his intimate knowledge of Spain and his skills as a crime novelist Jason Webster. A joy of a book from a master storywriter about the imaginative power of print from the pageJason Webster correctly identifies the Key Skill of the double agent as the successful distribution of totally believable false stories Garbo JP in fact achieves his mastery of subterfuge mostly as a storywriter inventing a consistent and extravagant farrago of literary nonsense that is so moody and plausible that Hitler personally awards him the Iron Cross Germany s highest military honour This is a brilliantly adept book by a master about an earlier one the difference being that Webster unravels the incredibly complex strands of Garbo s deliberate falsehoods to write as close to the historical truth as we ll probably ever have the delight of getting near


About the Author: Jason Webster

Jason Webster is a highly acclaimed Anglo American author and authority on Spain whose work ranges from biography to travel crime fiction and history His books have sold in over a dozen countries including the US the UK and China and have been nominated both for the Guardian First Book Award and the Crime Writers’ Association New Blood Dagger Award He has been favourably compared with writer



10 thoughts on “The Spy with 29 Names

  1. says:

    A joy of a book from a master storywriter about the imaginative power of print from the pageJason Webster correctly identifies the Key Skill o

  2. says:

    Garbo Alaric Rags Mrs Gerbers and Stanley have two things in common; they were all false and they were all one man However he did have a real name and a wife and children and it is claimed that he is the one of the greatest double agents that we know of; but just who was Juan Pujol?Pujol was a Spanish man who disliked totalitarianism He was involved in the Spanish civil war avoiding serious action but somehow managing to switch

  3. says:

    My all time favourite drama suspense personal tragedies and victories life and death and striving for a greater good Fantastic book about one of the most important figures during the WWII that you don't know of

  4. says:

    An audacious and almost incredible story of the you just can't make this shit up variety How on Earth had I never heard of this fascinating tale before given my interest in anything of the sort?

  5. says:

    The Spy with 29 NamesBy Jason WebsterGenre War fictionPlotHe fought on both sides in the Spanish Civil War He was awarded th

  6. says:

    Amazing Simply amazingThe story of Juan Pujol García aka Alaric aka Garbo aka TWENTY SEVEN other names was told awesomely To tell you the truth I was going to use 'masterfully' and then 'wonderfully' but decided those sound too I'm a wannabe New York Times Book Reviewer but I actually review for The Sun But Jason Webste

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    Thi

  8. says:

    Moving from the gore and mayhem of the maneuvers of war to the cold huts of Bletchley in 1940 and thence to the mundane safe houses of MI5 Jason Webster has scripted a tale of defiant imagination unuenched belief and thread

  9. says:

    Who knew? Not many people won medals from both sides during WW2 Juan Pujol a likeable Spanish character who worked for British intelligence can claim this distinction creating and playing a cast of characters that completely fooled German in

  10. says:

    A non fiction that reads like fiction A must read for anyone interested in WW 2 I am not a big fan of war literature but love a good spy story and this book provides and incredible spy story even better that all this really took place

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