Agent Garbo: The Brilliant, Eccentric Secret Agent Who Tricked Hitler And Saved D-Day

Stephan Talty

Agent Garbo: The Brilliant, Eccentric Secret Agent Who Tricked Hitler And Saved D-Day
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Agent Garbo: The Brilliant, Eccentric Secret Agent Who Tricked Hitler And Saved D-Day

Stephan Talty

Were the D-Day landings saved from failure because of a lone secret agent? Agent Garbo tells the astonishing story of a self-made secret agent who matched wits with the best minds of the Third Reich - and won. Juan Pujol was a nobody, a Barcelona poultry farmer determined to oppose the Nazis. Using only his gift for daring falsehoods, Pujol became Germany’s most valued agent; it took four tries before the British believed he was really on the Allies' side. As Agent Garbo, Pujol turned in a masterpiece of deception worthy of his big-screen namesake. He created an imaginary million-man army, invented armadas out of thin air, and brought a vast network of fictional subagents whirring to life. His unwitting German handlers believed every word, and banked on Garbo’s lies as their only source of espionage with Great Britain. For his greatest performance, Pujol had to convince the German High Command that the D-Day invasion of Normandy was a feint, and that the real attack was aimed at Calais. The Nazis bought it, turning the tide of battle at the crucial moment. Based on years of archival research and interviews with Pujol’s family, Agent Garbo is a true-life thriller set in the shadow world of espionage and deception. ‘Epic intelligence coups of WWII unreel in this colourful caper saga. Talty’s Pujol is a captivating character.’ Publishers Weekly (starred) ‘Agent Garbo is the fascinating story of a man whose wit, cunning, and steely nerves made the Allied victory possible in World War 11. Stephen Talty’s unsurpassed research brings forth one of the war’s greatest agents in a must-read book.’ Gregory Freeman, author of The Forgotten 500

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