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Operatie Mincemeat por Ben MacIntyre
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Operatie Mincemeat (original 2010; edição 2012)

por Ben MacIntyre

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From the acclaimed author of "Agent Zigzag" comes an extraordinary account of the most successful deception--and certainly the strangest--ever carried out in World War II, one that changed the prospects for an Allied victory. The purpose of the plan--code named Operation Mincemeat--was to deceive the Nazis into thinking that Allied forces were planning to attack southern Europe by way of Greece or Sardinia, rather than Sicily, as the Nazis had assumed, and the Allies ultimately chose.… (mais)
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Título:Operatie Mincemeat
Autores:Ben MacIntyre
Informação:Diemen Historisch Nieuwsblad (2012) 431 pagina's
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Operation Mincemeat: The True Spy Story that Changed the Course of World War II por Ben Macintyre (2010)

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This is a book about a British deception during World War 2. As the allied was about to jump from North Africa to Sicily, the only obvious choice, anything that could dilute the defenders was welcome. In a small office in London some people had a plan. What if a document just happened to fall into the enemies hands, a document that indicated that Sicily was just a ruse?

So Ben Macintyre tells the story from beginning to finish in a way that really give you the feeling you know everything worth knowing, and then some. And there is the only real problem with this book, it forks out into biographies of people that really are not central to the story, and as a result the book moves rather slowly.

It is not a long book though so it is not a big problem. It just makes it a bit tedious at places.
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  bratell | Dec 25, 2020 |
I found this to be well-written and quite absorbing, in its account of a masterful intelligence operation conducted by the British against the German intelligence services, to deceive the latter as to where "Operation Husky" would fall in late 1943. There are a number of surprises, including an identification of who the false soldier was; there's also a good indication of just how sloppy the German intelligence analysis was. Recommended. ( )
  EricCostello | Dec 14, 2020 |
One of the best books I've read recently. You know how the story ends from the first page (even from the book jacket) but still manage to be totally engrossed in the story. Highly recommend this one. ( )
  szbuhayar | May 24, 2020 |
Audacious world war II plan to deceive the Germans about the invasion of Southern Europe ( )
  PDCRead | Apr 6, 2020 |
"Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth" - Arthur Conan Doyle

An absorbing book showing, once again, that truth is stranger than fiction. As part of an effort to deceive the Axis about the true target of an Allied invasion in the Mediterranean, the British obtained a dead body, concocted a completely new identity for it, and equipped it with forged documents detailing plans for battles that would never take place in reality. They released it off the coast of Spain, where German spies found it and the papers, which eventually ended up on Hitler's desk and were taken into account as the Axis formulated its strategy in the Mediterranean. The whole thing sounds like it could have been lifted from an international spy thriller, and Ian Fleming (who went on to create James Bond) came up with the kernel of the idea, and was one of the people who had to approve the final scheme.

The ruse was ultimately successful, and of the 160,000 Allied troops that invaded Sicily, 153,000 survived, and the groundwork for the successful invasion of the Italian peninsula was laid.
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  Jennifer708 | Mar 21, 2020 |
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The story of Major William Martin is the subject of the British journalist Ben Macintyre’s brilliant and almost absurdly entertaining “Operation Mincemeat”. The cast of characters involved in Mincemeat, as the caper was called, was extraordinary, and Macintyre tells their stories with gusto.
adicionada por Shortride | editarThe New Yorker, Malcolm Gladwell (May 10, 2010)
 
A terrific book with exceptional photographs of everybody, including the corpse. Students of the second world war have been familiar with Mincemeat for many years, but Macintyre offers a mass of new detail, and enchanting pen portraits of the British, Spanish and German participants. His book is a rollicking read for all those who enjoy a spy story so fanciful that Ian Fleming — himself an officer in Montagu’s wartime department — would never have dared to invent it.
adicionada por Shortride | editarThe Sunday Times, Max Hastings (Jan 17, 2010)
 
The complexities and the consequences of the story that Macintyre tells in Operation Mincemeat are compelling — a tribute to his impressive abilities as a sleuth (ones that we’ve witnessed in his previous books) and to his capacities as a writer. He has the instincts of a novelist rather than an historian when it comes to elision, exposition, narration and pace, and his depiction of character is vividly alive to nuance and idiosyncrasy.
adicionada por Shortride | editarThe Times, William Boyd (Jan 16, 2010)
 
James Buchan says the story of 'the man who never was' deserves its latest incarnation...
 
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From the acclaimed author of "Agent Zigzag" comes an extraordinary account of the most successful deception--and certainly the strangest--ever carried out in World War II, one that changed the prospects for an Allied victory. The purpose of the plan--code named Operation Mincemeat--was to deceive the Nazis into thinking that Allied forces were planning to attack southern Europe by way of Greece or Sardinia, rather than Sicily, as the Nazis had assumed, and the Allies ultimately chose.

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