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10 thoughts on “Agent Zigzag The True Wartime Story of Eddie Chapman: Lover, Betrayer, Hero, Spy

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    War was coming, everyone said so, but the dining room of the Hotel de la Plage was a place of pure peace that sunny Sunday Beyond the golden beach, the waves flickered among a scatter of tiny islands, as Eddie and Betty ate trifle off plates with smart blue crests Eddie was halfway through telling another funny story when he froze A group of men in overcoats and brown hats had entered the restaurant and one was now in urgent conversations with the headwaiter Before Betty could speak, Eddie stood up, bent down to kiss her once, and then jumped through the window, which was closed There was a storm of broken glass, tumbling crockery, screaming women, and shouting waiters Betty Farmer caught a last glimpse of Eddie Chapman sprinting off down the beach with two overcoated men in pursuit And she didn t see him again until after the war Eddie Chapman the nefarious Agent Zigzag.Eddie Chapman was a petty thiefwellmaybe a bit His dossier shows a steady increase in the complexity of his crimes He was well liked, admired by the ladies, and had the smooth tongue that insured that people would continue to like him even after he proves a bit untrustworthy When World War Two starts Chapman is in jail on Jersey Island The prison library had two hundred books He read them all and then he read them all again The Channel Islands are among Great Britain s oldest possessions so it was no easy decision for Winston Churchill to decide to leave them undefended, but there was no strategic reason to keep valuable soldiers deployed away from where they were most needed The islands were left to the Germans It was a big PR boost for the Reich to be able to crow from the rooftops that they were standing on English soil I m sure Winston bit through a cigar or two and probably had thoughts of recruiting a half dozen men and taking it back himself Despite the blow to English pride it was better to have German troops tied up there instead of shooting at British troops on the mainland Churchill didn t have anyway of knowing it, but he left in Jersey Prison one of the greatest British spies of World War Two The perfect mixture of bounder, rake, and thief with scruples based on some warped honor system that made him entirely unpredictable The Germans loved him Chapman, a bright boy, figured out exactly what the Germans wanted The British after all put him in prison What loyalty could he possibly have for them Chapman s best friend Anthony Faramus is separated out of the prison population as well, but as a wedge with Chapman than for any other purpose Part of the deal was if Chapman did what he was supposed to do Faramus would be kept safe If Eddie welched on any part of it Faramus would be stood up in front of a firing squad It makes my blood run a little cold to even think of my life being dependent on Chapman doing what he was supposed to do After all that did not come natural to him, not at all It doesn t matter because the Germans are the first to change the deal They send Faramus off to a concentration camp He survives despite the odds and ends up in Hollywood after the war as an actor and eventually becomes a butler for Cary Grant Anthony Faramus far right was lucky to survive Buchwald.Chapman does what he does best and makes friends with the Germans His mentor Stephan von Groning is someone that Chapman perfectly understands He is a self serving thief The Germans give Chapman an account of money that he can draw on any time he becomes low on funds He has to ask von Groning for the funds Von Groning was thrilled every time Chapman needed money because he always drew off than what Chapman asked for and pocketed the difference Chapman knew what was happening, but it didn t bother him because it was exactly what he would have done in the same position He and von Groning remain lifelong friends After the war von Groning is invited to the wedding of Chapman s daughter Chapman was always much loyal to people than he was to countries or causes Okay so who is Chapman really working for He is parachuted into Britain by the Germans and instantly turns himself over to the British Government After they have a medic look him over they decide they need to take his picture Chapman fought to keep his head up With a supreme effort, he stared into the lens The face in the picture is drained by fatigue and stress There is caked mud in the tangled hair, and a trace of dried blood in the moustache But there is something else in the face Behind the drooping eyelids and stubble lies the very faint trace of a smile He knows he has by chance found himself in the best possible situation with value to two governments each wanting full possession of him He can smell the money and the fame There are several British agents that work with Chapman, but I m only going to point out two of them John Masterman John Cecil Masterman the writer and spymaster He was highly intellectual, intensely conventional, and faintly priggish, with a granite sense of moral duty Masterman was the embodiment of the British establishment He neither smoked nor drank, and lived in a world of High Tables and elevated scholarship, exclusively inhabited by wealthy, privileged, intelligent English men.A confirmed bachelor, he might have been homosexual, but if so, in a wholly repressed and contented English way Women were simply invisible to him Women on the other hand for Chapman were as necessary as breathing Another interesting point about Masterman is he wrote detective novels in his spare time Lieutenant Colonel Robin Tin Eye Stephens had a very special skill Legend has it that Tin Eye slept with that monocle firmly in place He broke people He crushed them, psychologically, into very small pieces and then, if he thought it worthwhile, he would put them back together again He considered this to be an art, and not one that could be learned He spoke Urdu, Arabic, Somali, Amharic, French, German, and Italian Tin Eye could torture you in the language of your choice These guys were wound about as tightly as a spring that has never sprung They were dealing with a guy that was about as unreliable as a slinky going down a set of crooked stairs Chapman s agent name of Zigzag fit him like a glove Zigzag had, in some way, managed to obtain entry and was reclining on the bed awaiting dinner which he had ordered on my telephone, together with number of bottles of beer In the space fo a few hours, Chapman had confirmed all the qualities that made him a great crook, a superb spy, and a most fickle man He had written a love letter to the mother of his child, vanished, slept with a prostitute, broken into a locked room, and helped himself to room service at someone else s expense.Chapman would do his duty, while merrily picking your pocket Not exactly the hero type that the British government would want to trot out for recruiting posters His handlers on both sides of the war were always unsure about his loyalty Both sides knew the direction of the war may determine who Eddie would work for on the long game He pulled off some amazing capers for both sides of the war effort, but the final contribution that he made for London was radioing the Germans that the V 2 rockets were hitting too far North and to change their coordinates that placed those bombs in the Southern part of London, less densely populated area, saving thousands of lives He made the Germans believe him He became one of the great unsung heros of the war effort Now you will have to read the book to make your own determination about Eddie Chapman The British Government does reward him with money to start his own businesses and he becomes very wealthy even to the point of driving a Rolls Royce Eddie did quite well for himself after the war.He tried to publish his memoirs, but the British Government squelched that idea Ben MacIntyre decided to write this book after most of the material related to Chapman was declassified As he needed other material the government was accommodating by declassifying even As I mentioned before Eddie had these loyalties to people that seemingly ran counter to his self centered philosophies After the war he was determined to find Betty Farmer the woman he left at the restaurant as he so dramatically broke through a glass window to escape arrest He found her just as he was sitting with private investigators who he intended to hire to find her That just seemed to be the way things worked for Chapman He was always in the right place at the right time 5 minute Enticing interview with Ben Macintyre on Agent ZigzagIf you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews, visit also have a Facebook blogger page at


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    If you re looking for an even handed recounting and reflections on this book, you should probably check out Jeffrey Keeten s stellar review it has lots of pictures and everything However, if you re looking for my favorite moments of skullduggery along with the occasional pop culture parallel , then you re in the right spot Eddie Chapman codename ZigZag was, among other things, the head of the Jelly Gang they used gelignite to break into safes , a bit of a lady s man living in the world of pimps and racecourse touts, pickpockets and con artists late nights at Smokey Joe s and early champagne breakfasts at Quaglino s Much like my personal favorite and the world s greatest secret agent albeit fictional , Sterling Archer codename Duchess , Eddie s silver tongue had a way of getting him out of quagmires and back into the good graces of those who he d wronged in the past Unfortunately, the jig was up, and he landed himself in jail on Jersey Island almost as bad as being imprisoned on the Jersey Shore, but with far less hair gel and fake tanning cream I ll skip a lot of important information here and just tell you he ends up being recruited courted as an agent for the Abwehr one of those dastardly Nazi intelligence agencies As a smooth talking con man who has exhibited few moral compunctions even as a thief, he was a pretty great candidate to become a British spy but for the Germans so German spy I mean everyone knows that, as a spy So he luftwaffles or 99 red luftbaloons himself into Britain where he promptly double crosses or triple crosses it s hard to follow the Germans and cozies up with MI 5 where he has to deal with quite a crew, including Robin TinEye Stephens who rocks a monocle like nobody s business There s also Jasper Maskelyne, a magician in the employ of MI 5 who helps them engineer an illusion yes, they actually do refer to it as such, so Gob Bluth can rest easy to make it look like ZigZag is carrying out his subterfuge as promised to his Nazi pals The thing about Eddie Chapman was that he basically thrived in the worst of circumstances He liked to keep things loose and another shoutout to Archer couldn t necessarily be relied upon to keep his mouth shut when it came to being a secret agent, especially when ladies were involved Really, he was kind of a loose canon unless, of course, he wasn t That s the thing about being a great double agent, it has to be hard for people to get a pulse on you That being said, it was probably a good call on the part of MI 5 to try to sever ties In the end, though, it s undeniable that his life made one heck of an interesting story.


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    Agent Zigzag is my first book by Ben Macintyre, but I am curious to read by him He has the ability to make a nonfiction account read like an engaging novel The story of Eddie Chapman, spy and double agent during the Second World War was new to me, and it held my attention from start to finish Recommended Find reviews and bookish fun at


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    One of those nonfiction books that would not be believable as fiction, this is the story of Eddie Chapman, a criminal who became one of Britain s best double agents He was a hero using the traits that made him so successful a rogue and scoundrel Trained by the Third Reich in occupied France to parachute into his home country to blow up a warplane factory, Chapman instead contacted MI5, the British Secret Service For the rest of the war he worked for Britain, traveling across Europe spreading disinformation while never losing track of which lies he told Even operating under the restrictions of wartime espionage he carried on a full love life, leaving a trail of conquests throughout the Continent By war s end, he had earned not only a pardon from the British government for his past crimes but the Nazi Iron Cross as well.Since Chapman was barred from writing his memoirs am I the only one who regrets that book does not exist , Ben Macintyre s book works as a wonderfully entertaining substitute Using files declassified after Chapman s death, he relates the one of the most entertaining stories of World War II, one that even people who do not read spy novels or war stories will enjoy.


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    Rating Clarification 3.5 StarsWhile not as interesting a read as Macintyre s Operation Mincemeat How a Dead Man and a Bizarre Plan Fooled the Nazis and Assured an Allied Victory, the true story of double agent Eddie Chapman still had its moments Chapman was a thief, a con man, a ladies man with a girl in every port, so to speak and a hustler.I liked him immensely.What a charming rogue The kind of guy you d like to have drinks with, but not the kind you d take home to mother thanks, Rick James.An engaging tale of a man at odds with his loyalties, a thief who really didn t care about the money he stole but about the excitment involved in stealing it, and a lover who loved many women, but couldn t stay true to one Chapman was admired by almost everyone in British intelligence who came into contact with his unorthodox ways, and was the only British citizen to receive the German Iron Cross for services rendered to the Fatherland thankfully Hitler and Co didn t realize those services were actually rendered to British intelligence.This story uncovers some pretty tricksey deceptions played out by Chapman and MI 5 during WWII Most thrilling of all, I learned that a Norwegian invented the paper clip Cool, dat.


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    Oh dear One third of my way through Agent Zigzag, and I am going to have to give up reading it I cannot bear the And this happened, and then this happened, and then this happened Boys Own stodge a minute longer I have indigestion and a headache.One good thing has emerged from this failed reading I realise I don t much like biographies and autobiographies There have been a couple that really shone for me, but it s a genre I often find myself struggling with I find them plodding perhaps due to their commitment to chronological order and prosaic detail Another issue with this book was that I found Eddie Chapman the spy under consideration unattractive, boring and predictable He totally failed to capture my imagination or enthusiasm.I find it embarrassing to dislike a book that so many others have relished You may well be one of the people for whom this is a great read.


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    The story is a good one but didn t care for the writing style A struggle to finish


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    Quite an adventure Eddie Chapman was charming, handsome, smart, cunning and manipulative and able to play both ends against the middle To this day no one is sure how he really played the game, although Great Britain benefited the most from Eddie s talents.that is with the exception of Eddie himself.A word should be said about Britain s MI5 unit After reading this book and Operation Mincemeat by the same author, it would appear that Great Britain had the best Military Intelligence unit in WWII They came up with creative schemes even employing a professional magician to aid in illusions that consistently mislead the Germans England s unit was structured differently from Germany s and this made for some interesting dynamics that I don t want to get into here It would be a spoiler That they cracked the Enigma code early in the war, while benefiting from being able to read all German coded messages sent, and that Germany was never aware the code was cracked speaks volumes Pretty slick in my opinion.


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    On my way to work, a co worker asked me what I was reading so avidly I replied Agent ZigZag It s about a British bank robber who is stuck in WWII occupied Europe, volunteers to be a spy for the Germans, parachutes into Britain and immediately calls MI5 to volunteer to work for them instead So fiction then my co worker replied No way, they can t write fiction this absurd It d never get published in a later chapter, an MI5 interrogator wrote almost that same line into Eddie Chapman s files.The thing is, I was only half way into the book I still hadn t gotten to Eddie Chapman s adventures in Lisbon, Oslo, Berlin, or his second parachute jump into the British countryside.This is one of two books about Eddie Chapman s wartime exploits as a double or is it triple or quad or something agent I haven t gotten my hands on the other one, entitled just Zigzag According to the NYT review, this is the graceful ly written of the two books, and importantly, the skeptical Chapman himself had a habit of retelling his story in a way that best fit the wants of the listener So there is a need for the author to corroborate the cleaims of meeting both Churchill and Hitler.I have to wonder when the movie version is coming There was a 1966 movie Triple Cross, but from all accounts it was so censored by the Official Secrets Act and rewritten as to be merely inspired by, history and truly owes to James Bond than Eddie Chapman though both Ian Fleming and the inspiration for his fictional tech geek Q do appear in the book.More evidence that large chunks of WWII seem to have been cast and written by pulp fiction writers


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    This is a splendid biography of Eddie Chapman, who went from small time criminal to double agent for the British during World War II while never fully abandoning his anti establishment urges Chapman performed many wartime feats of derring do, and although his main allegiance appeared to lie with the Allies, he was was also trusted and rewarded by the German Abwehr after the war, he even invited one of his principal German contacts to attend his daughter s wedding This multi facted and multi talented man clearly saved many lives for the Allies, but in the end was forced out of his career as a consummate British spymaster.In preparing this biography, the author Ben Macintyre was granted access to recently declassified files, and his mastery and presentation of the material is astonishing In addition to Chapman, there is a terrific cast of characters here, and I doubt that any fictional thriller could be captivating than this true story.


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