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The Man Who Never Was


First published in 1953 and now available in paperback, an insider's account of the counter-intelligence operation (Operation Mincemeat) which paved ... Show synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 5.000

Absolutely Marvelous

by PeachTea on Mar 10, 2009

Montagu has a tale to tell -- and tells it wonderfully. The absolutely fascinating story is allowed to unfold almost novel-like. A wonderful book, telling a wonderfully interesting story.


A man that did more than he will ever know

by EEEngineer on Aug 6, 2007

These were desperate times during WWII. Operations in Africa were just beginning to turn in favor of the British forces. The allied forces needed some good fortune before the ensuing invasion of France, is executed, ?Operation Overlord?. Some how some way a situation was needed to draw forces away from the coast of Normandy. A plan was conceived and it was called ?Operation Mincemeat?. This is a true story. The author, Ewen Montagu, was the main instigator of the plan. The style of Montagu allows the plot to slowly unfold while adhering to the main facts. There are times when you will see the raw emotions of all of the characters in the team revealed. This can be seen in both men and women assigned to the task and will range from elation to doubt to sadness. There will be times when the team struggles with the morale issues that face them in carrying out the details of the operation. But it is the overall good that will come if the operation is successful. Its knowing that success is possible which drives the team to complete all the necessary tasks and that every detail is flawless which will ensure the operation?s success while pushing the envelope of human ingenuity. The reader will be presented with documentary and photographic evidence of the German reaction to ?Operation Mincemeat?. For those who find history boring, this book will be the exception. Montagu allows the story to unfold like a mystery. It will keep the reader dangling with suspense as to how the plot and all of the subplots are to be revealed.

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