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

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He fought on both sides in the Spanish Civil War. He was awarded the Iron Cross by Hitler and an MBE by Britain. To MI5 he was known as Garbo. To the Abwehr, he was Alaric. He also went by Rags the Indian Poet, Mrs Gerbers, Stanley the Welsh Nationalist - and 24 other names. He tricked Hitler over D-Day. He was the greatest double agent in history. But who, exactly, was Juan Pujol? Using his intimate knowledge of Spain and his skills as a crime novelist, Jason Webster tells for the first time the full true story of the character who captured the imagination in Ben Macintyre's Double Cross. He tells of Pujol's early life in Spain, his determination to fight totalitarianism - and his strange journey from German spy to MI5. Working for the British, whom he saw as the exemplars of freedom and democracy, he created a bizarre fictional network of spies - 29 of them - that misled the entire German high command, including Hitler himself. Above all, in Operation Fortitude he diverted German Panzer divisions away from Normandy, playing a crucial role in safeguarding D-Day and ending the war, and securing his reputation as the most successful double agent of the war. Meticulously researched, yet told with the verve of a thriller, The Spy with 29 Names uncovers the truth - far stranger than any fiction - about the spy behind one of recent history's most important and dramatic events.

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Brought up in England, Jason Webster has lived for many years in Spain. His acclaimed non-fiction books about Spain include Duende: 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 Mountain and The Spy with 29 Names. His Max Camara series of crime novels started with Or the Bull Kills You, which was was longlisted for the CWA Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards New Blood Dagger 2011. This was followed by A Death in Valencia, The Anarchist Detective and, most recently, Blood Med.

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"Better than spy fiction" -- Peter Lewis Daily Mail "Fascinating, unputdownable" -- John Harding Daily Mail, Book of the Week "Gripping and stylish... reads like a thrilling work of fiction" -- Nigel Jones Spectator "A riveting story" -- Edward Wilson Independent "Webster is an ideal teller of this story... has all the hallmarks of a classic espionage movie" -- Ben East Observer "Webster resurrects a quirky figure of fantastical duplicity, a juggler of multiple fictional identities... brilliantly fleshes out his character as the enigmatic Agent Garbo" -- Iain Finlayson The Times "From new material about Pujol's early life and family secrets, Webster constructs an intriguing double-edged character and creates a dramatic story of ingenious heroism" -- Iain Finlayson Saga Magazine "Compelling" -- Michael Murray-Fennell Country Life "Breezily written and readable" Literary Review "A brilliant biography... Reads like a gripping thriller" Bookseller

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