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52 Books in 52 Weeks – Week #37

Double Cross True Story of the D-day SpiesDouble Cross: The True Story of the D-Day Spies by Ben Macintyre

Total Reading Time: 4.25 hours

Review: My biggest complaint was the excess of exposition. I don’t think it was necessary to express so much detail about the ramp up to D-day and who and what each double agent was doing for years. I’m sure it was a matter of having the information and wanting to include a full picture but in terms of a good story, I think Mr. Macintyre should have gone straight to the action which was infinitely more interesting. Definitely a case of truth being stranger than fiction and some of it was just down-right ludicrous. A motley crew of non-military individuals completely duped the entire German military intelligence network all the way to Hitler and in doing so, saved thousands of lives and most likely helped ensure the success of the one of largest amphibious assaults in history, not to mention the Allied victory in Europe.