"— The Atlantic "Stephan Talty's unsurpassed research brings forth one of the war's greatest agents in a must-read book for those who think they know all the great World War II stories. This pulse-pounding thriller set in the shadow world of espionage and deception reveals the shocking reality of spycraft that occurs just below the surface of history. Some of the things done and designed sounded impossible to pull off. This one clever act saved thousands of lives, and turned the course of the war. I had known about agent Garbo for ages. its a brief book and, until the d-day operation, the most compelling aspects regard the war around garbo and not particularly the spy bits which read as unsophisticated and amateurish. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Agent GARBO was the Allies greatest secret weapon on D-Day, made possible by famously duping Nazi Germany for years, and his singular imagination. Actually didn't finish, kept trying, but kept getting stuck in the details. As incredible as it sounds, everything in Agent Garbo is true, based on years of archival research and interviews with Pujol’s family. He was given the codename Garbo by the British; their German counterparts codenamed him Alaric and referred to his non-existent spy network as "Arabal". They appear to have taken a man's persona and then sequestered him away while they created and maintained a fictitious spy network in England. "— Juan Pujol was a Spaniard who developed a fierce hatred for the Nazis during Spain's civil war. So convincing was the ruse that even after the war, there were Germans convinced of its existence. PUJOL, Juan, con WEST Nigel [Rupert Allason], Garbo: El espía del siglo, Barcelona, Planeta, 1986. Allied Military Deception in the Second World War, London, Phoenix, 2007. "— The Atlantic "Stephan Talty's unsurpassed research brings forth one of the war's greatest agents in a must-read book for those who think they know all the great World War II stories. "The book presses ever forward down a path of historical marvels and astonishing facts. His life sounds like very average except the times he spent in London with British secret service. The effect is like a master class that's accessible to anyone, and Agent Garbo often reads as though it were written in a single, perfect draft. Juan Pujol was a Spaniard who developed a fierce hatred for the Nazis during Spain's civil war. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! As incredible as it sounds, everything in Agent Garbo is true, based on years of archival research and interviews with Pujol's family. ANDREW, Christopher, Defend the Realm, The Authorized History of MI5, Vintage Books, 2010. --The Atlantic Before he remade himself as the master spy known as Garbo, Juan Pujol was nothing more than a Barcelona poultry farmer. ©2012 Stephen Talty (P)2013 Audible, Inc. TALTY, Stephen, Garbo, el espía. An amazing true story of Juan Pujol, double agent who saved thousands of lives during WWII. Employing archival material and interviews, Talty (Empire of Blue Water) gives readers a popular account of Agent Garbo's vital work, with details of dangerous espionage and stressful daily life in wartime Spain and England, along with the ironic humor that one finds in wartime. Considering how in some biographies about famous men, the wives are depicted either as knowing and forgiving suffering saints, or totally at fault, Talty is understanding to Garica's first wife Araceli, in particular when detailing the family's experiences in London. El espía catalán que engañó a Hitler, Barcelona, Trilita, 2017 (novela gráfica). His spy career started off pretty poorly, and he was nearly discovered. HASTINGS, Max, La guerra secreta. CERNUDA, Pilar. Talty presents him warts and all. HOLT, Thaddeus, The Deceivers. CARDONA, Pere y VILLATORO, Manuel P.Lo que nunca te han contado del Día D. Barcelona, Principal Historia, 2019 (ensayo). HESKETH, Roger, Fortitude. Espías, códigos y guerrillas, 1939-1945, Barcelona, Crítica, 2016. It is beyond my ken to grasp the methods and lengths the Allies went through to deceive the Nazis. As incredible as it sounds, everything in Agent Garbo is true, based on years of archival research and interviews with Pujol’s family. by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. A Spaniard, a man who failed at several businesses, a father and husband, carefully worked with secret British intelligence agencies to keep the "fake news" going. But that doesn't make the research valid or strictly accurate. Juan Pujol García MBE (14 February 1912 – 10 October 1988), also known as Joan Pujol Garcia, was a Spanish spy who acted as a double agent loyal to Great Britain against Nazi Germany during World War II, when he relocated to Britain to carry out fictitious spying activities for the Germans. How Cunning Helped the British Win Two World Wars, Oxford Univ. The start of my journey into the mind of the greatest man to ever live. We’d love your help. Los 25 mejores agentes dobles de la historia, Madrid, La Esfera de los Libros, 2012. CARRERAS MARTÍ, Joan (dir.) While true that their feints bought some precious time to shore up the D-Day invasion, Pujol's contribution appears negligible. It was in Russia that Hitler suffered his first defeat. Fascinating story about someone I never heard of before now. Did it stop me? RANKIN, Nicholas, A Genius for Deception. Stephan Talty's unsurpassed research brings forth one of the war's greatest agents in a must-read book for those who think they know all the great World War II stories.” Garbo! This book was interesting, and I don’t regret reading it— the organization was just not the best. Refresh and try again. I'm not a big espionage reader, but this was truly an amazing story of one of the most fantastically successful double agents of WWII, code name of Garbo. For them, the hard slog of repelling the Germans at Stalingrad was the decisive moment, not D-Day. I was fascinated by all the deception, and wanted to find out more. Melissa Albert burst onto the YA scene (and catapulted into readers' hearts) with her 2018 debut The Hazel Wood. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. 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. WEBSTER, Jason, The Spy with 29 Names: The story of the Second World War’s most audacious double agent, Random House, 2014. It was his ability to "spin the story" transform pretend characters into his own spy network and trick the Nazis'into believing the invasion at Normandy was going to happen somewhere else. The D-Day Deception Campaign, Woodstock (NY), Overlook, 2000. Then back to "Garbo." “AGENT GARBO is the fascinating story of a man whose wit, cunning, and steely nerves made the Allied victory possible in World War II. While true that their feints bought some precious time to shore up the D-Day invasion, Pujol's contribution appears negligible. The start is quite intriguing, but when you get to the actuall deception and work in the war, there are too many prosey adjectives and fuzzy history. This was one of the most fascinating reads about World War II I've gotten my hands on in some time. I’m amazed that I didn’t hear Garbo’s name before! Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published “There are three kinds of people,” he wrote later, “those who make things happen, those who watch things happen, and those who wonder what happened.”, Melissa Albert Recommends YA Tales Where the Real World Gets Real Magical. Escaped to England, and soon was working with secret agents and was able to affect the course of the war. The effect is like a master class that's accessible to anyone, and Agent Garbo often reads as though it were written in a single, perfect draft. Agent Garbo: the brilliant, eccentric double agent who tricked Hitler and saved D-Day (Kindle Edition) Published July 25th 2012 by Scribe Publications Kindle Edition, 336 pages Granted I am pretty picky when it comes to history, and while I will say that this is written in a strong, popular, and readable style, the actual story that I wanted to hear gets quite thinned out by the other people in the war effort. The idea that "Garbo" tricked Hitler to save D-Day becomes harder to support as you see the large group of people. This book took me a long time to get through. I recently have read quite a few books about the spy of the world war like Kim Philly, Oleg Gordievsky, Eddie Chapman, all of them had shown how these spies were different in their own way making them a major part of spy history. Absolutely fascinatin. Juan Pujol was a nobody, a Barcelona poultry farmer determined to oppose the Nazis. This pulse-pounding thriller set in the shadow world of espionage and deception reveals the shocking reality of spycraft that … PUJOL, Juan & WEST, Nigel [Rupert Allason], Operation GARBO: the personal story of the most successful double agent of World War II, Random House, 1985. He is a genius at developing fake spy networks to provide the Nazis with fake information. A man who cut off all contact with his children, allowed his estranged wife to be t. Like reading wet cardboard The focus on the "brilliant" double agent seems misplaced. In terms of the book, it kept me interested, I’d give 5 stars but I feel like it could’ve been more thriller and with better build up maybe. DE NIN, Lluis Juste, Garbo. But he soon became one of the most influential men in the war, though few knew it. Like reading wet cardboard The focus on the "brilliant" double agent seems misplaced. With the 72nd anniversary of D-Day, TGNR examines Allied MI5 double-agent, Spaniard Juan Pujol Garcia – Agent GARBO. MACINTYRE, Ben, La historia secreta del Día D. La verdad sobre los superespías que engañaron a Hitler, Barcelona, Crítica, 2013. reads a bit like a dramatization of historical events, somewhat like how i remember talty's illustrious dead. He is a genius at developing fake spy networks to provide the Nazis with fake information. He was a Spaniard from Madrid with almost no education and no training in the ways of being a spy, but using his imagination and inherent talents, he became the most famous spy of WWII and possibly of all time. If you want to start learning about the exciting life of Juan Pujol and his decisive intervention in World War II, here is a brief summary. tells Garbo’s story with verve and suspense. MOLFENTER, Arne, Garbo, der Spion: Das Geheimnis des D-Day, München, Piper, 2014. Though Pujol sent Germany false reports, he used lots of factual information to make them seem legitimate, says Stephan Talty, author of Agent Garbo: The Brilliant, Eccentric Secret Agent … Be the first to ask a question about Agent Garbo. Eisenhower said Garbo was worth an entire Division of … Enciclopedia Catalana S.A, Barcelona, 1965. Juan Pujol was indeed a hero of World War II. Talty, rather briefly, follows Pujol's life after the war. “Garbo, has been described as the greatest double agent of the Second World War” Juan Pujol: “My main pride and satisfaction has been the knowledge that I contributed to the reduction of casualties among the thousands of servicemen fighting to hold the Normandy beachheads.” No sabes nada de mí: Quiénes son las espías españolas. A non-fiction book about the intelligence work that went in to fooling the Nazis into thinking the D-Day landing would be at Calais instead of Normandy. It looks like he played enormous role in WW II and served allies to win quickly. -- BARBIER, Mary, D-Day Deception. He was a double agent for the British, performing so well that they nicknamed him for the … A truly incredible story of a real life James Bond. Joan Pujol i Garcia – Gran Enciclopèdia Catalana. Another one of the amazingly written Spy story. Bless you Talty for bringing Garbo/Alaric/Juan into my life. Shame on the WSJ for recommending this book. Embedded in Nazi Germany acting as an Axis spy, Garbo conjure up a whole network of fake spies throughout England, creating fake Allied armies while shrouding in secrecy the real ones. I'm currently enriching his tale into my own work, I felt like Lin after he found Chernow. A truly incredible story of a real life James Bond. HARRIS, Tomás, Garbo The Spy Who Saved D-Day, The National Archives, 2000. This is the kind of book that surprises you: nonfiction, historical but eminently readable and like a book mystery, it draws you into the tale of young Spanish man who decides to become a spy for Hitler and due to his cunning and intelligence, is able to trick Adolph Hitler and the German army about the site of Allied landing on D-Day. But he soon became one of the most influential men in the war, though few knew it. The real work was done by the British intelligence service. We in the west have grown up on heroic tales of World War II derring-do (of which this book is one), but here in Russia they have a different view of how the war was won. I read this book through my book club’s choice. Using only his gift for daring … If you have any information about Juan Pujol that does not appear on this website or you would like to propose clarifications, corrections or suggestions, contact us. JUÁREZ, Javier, Juan Pujol, el espía que derrotó a Hitler, Madrid, Temas de Hoy, 2004. SHUGAAR, Anthony and GUARNACCIA, Steven, I Lie for a Living: Greatest Spies of All Time (International Spy Museum), National Geographic, 2006. Buy a copy today! Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. The effect is like a master class that's accessible to anyone, and Agent Garbo often reads as though it were written in a single, perfect draft. They are a pretense to scholarship with footnotes, bibliographies, indexes. DESTREMAU, Christian, Opération Garbo. 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