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Stephan Talty: "Agent Garbo: The Brilliant, Eccentric Secret Agent Who Tricked Hitler and Saved D-Day"

Juan Pujol Garcia is an unfamiliar name today. Born in Barcelona in 1912, he dropped out of school at an early age and was a failed businessman. Yet he is considered one of the greatest spies of World War II. In 1941, Pujol became an informer for the German forces, but what no one knew was that he was working as a double agent for the British. In what a British spy called “the greatest double cross operation of the war,” Pujol helped divert Nazi forces from the beaches of Normandy, making an Allied victory possible. Author Stephan Talty talks about this in his new book, "Agent Garbo."

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Excerpted from "Agent Garbo: The Brilliant, Eccentric Secret Agent Who Tricked Hitler and Saved D-Day" by Stephan Talty. Copyright Stephan Talty © 2012. Reproduced by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.

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