Into the Lion's Mouth

Into the Lion's Mouth

The True Story of Dusko Popov : World War II Spy, Patriot, and the Real-life Inspiration for James Bond

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A biography of Dusko Popov, who, as "an operative for the Abwehr, SD, MI5, MI6, and FBI during World War II ... seduced countless women--including agents on both sides--spoke five languages, and was a crack shot, all while maintaining his cover as a Yugoslav diplomat"--Amazon.com.
Publisher: New York : Berkley Caliber, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780425281819
0425281817
Characteristics: xiii, 368 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Call Number: B POPOV, D

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rpavlacic
Sep 28, 2016

Two takeaways from this book. One: it was the Germans (not the Japanese) who initially had designs on Pearl Harbor. Dusko Popov, a double agent for the British, warned J. Edgar Hoover via the microdot system about the Nazis' plans, but Hoover never passed it on to FDR - for reasons that to this day remain unexplained. Two: Several months before D-Day, it was Popov that was entrusted to mislead the Germans as to where the invasion was going to take place - and his cover nearly got blown in the process. There is also a bit about the women in his life, including two who were on the A-list, but for the most part it is a great look at the murky world of espionage, and why the business is definitely not for most of us.

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StarGladiator
Jun 15, 2016

Naaah, haven't read this book yet, but Patrick Dal-Zel, the British Royal Marine for awhile under Fleming's command, was part of the inspiration for Bond [Dal-Zel spoke a number of languages, was half-Scottish and half-Swiss, and did some pretty incredible things during WWII] - - the other half of Fleming's inspiration was Ian Fleming's own particular hedonistic likes and tastes - - the two making a perfect combo!

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