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The spy with 29 names: the story of the Second World War's most audacious double agent

The spy with 29 names: the story of the Second World War's most audacious double agent

Webster, Jason, 1970- author

'The Spy with 29 Names' is a gripping account of the exploits of Juan Pujol, the most extraordinary double agent of the Second World War, who was awarded both an Iron Cross by Germany and an MBE by Britain. After the Spanish Civil War, determined to fight the spread of totalitarianism, Pujol moved to Lisbon with his wife, persuading the German intelligence services to take him on. But in fact, he was determined all along to work for the British, whom he saw as the exemplar of democracy and freedom. Seeing the impact of the disinformation this Quixotic freelance agent was feeding to the Germans, MI5 brought him to London, where he created a bizarre fictional network of spies - 29 of them - that misled the entire German high command, including Hitler himself

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Published London: Vintage Books, 2015
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Statement of responsibility: Jason Webster
ISBN: 0099578247, 9780099578246
Note: Originally published: London: Chatto & Windus, 2014.
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: 322 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (black and white), map (black and white) ; 20 cm
Subject: World War, 1939-1945 Secret service Germany.; Pujol, Juan.; World War, 1939-1945 Secret service Great Britain.; Warfare and Defence.

Author note

Brought up in England, Jason Webster has lived for many years in Spain. His acclaimed non-fiction books about Spain includeDuende: A Journey in Search of Flamenco;Andalus:Unlocking the Secrets of Moorish Spain;Guerra: Living in the Shadows of the Spanish Civil War; Sacred Sierra: A Year on a Spanish MountainandThe Spy with 29 Names.His Max Cámara series of crime novels started withOr the Bull Kills You, which was was longlisted for the CWA Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards New Blood Dagger 2011. This was followed byA Death in Valencia

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The Anarchist Detectiveand, most recently,Blood Med.

Reviews

"Better than spy fiction"
Daily Mail||"Fascinating, unputdownable"
Daily Mail, Book of the Week||"Gripping and stylish... reads like a thrillingwork of fiction"
Spectator||"Arivetingstory"
Independent||"Webster is an ideal teller of this story... hasall the hallmarks of a classic espionage movie"
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