The Man Who Never Was

The Man Who Never Was The Man Who Never Was provides an exciting and accurate record of the counter intelligence conspiracy Operation Mincemeat which paved the way for the Allied invasion of Sicily in July

  • Title: The Man Who Never Was
  • Author: Ewen Montagu
  • ISBN: 0553059866
  • Page: 320
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • The Man Who Never Was provides an exciting and accurate record of the counter intelligence conspiracy, Operation Mincemeat, which paved the way for the Allied invasion of Sicily in July 1943.

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    1. In the summer of 1943, the Allies were planning to invade Sicily. The job of the British counterintelligence division was to convince Germany that they weren't. The idea of "Operation Mincemeat" was born out of a long-shot idea that slowly turned into a plausible and ultimately successful con of the highest levels of the German miliary.Operation Mincemeat? Great name, huh? The bare bones of the idea: get a dead man and plant some papers on him that hopefully the Germans will end up having access [...]


    2. Espionage thriller based on the true story of an intelligence officer who plans an elaborate hoax to fool the Nazis into thinking the Allies are about to invade Greece, not Sicily.


    3. I begin my day by wasting time on looking for obscure historical events or uncelebrated birthdays. One fine day last week I saw an entry for "Operation Mincemeat" in their "Did You Know?" section. I read further and discovered this book, which is the history of an unusual spy operation during World War II. Published in 1953, it was written by the British intelligence officer who devised a cunning plan to trick the Germans into diverting their forces to Sardinia and Greece while the Allies invad [...]


    4. I saw this one at the used book store and the first few paragraphs sounded interesting. I just found out it's one of the original 1953 publishingrt of cool. It's sat on my shelf for over a year, but finally I picked it up. When a book starts off with "But where could we find a body?", you know it's going to be great.This one doesn't disappoint. The book follows a little known bit of espionage during the Mediterranean campaign of WWII. Essentially, the Brits float a body ashore to Spain, knowing [...]


    5. True spy stuff from World War II. British intellegence got ahold of a corpse, dressed it up like an officer, and provided a ton of fake background on him (girlfriend letters, theatre ticket stubs) and floated him off the coast of Spain so the Germans would get him. The point to this was the corpse was also loaded up with fake invasion plans designed to throw off the German response to the invasion of Sicily. It worked perfectly. It was disgustingly called Operation Mincemeat. Great little read.


    6. The cover of the edition I read says:"Astonishing" says Time"Fascinating" says Saturday Review"Diverting" says Dave. Very easy-to-read, light war story of "Operation Mincemeat." Just the right level of sophistication for the 14 year-old in all of us. Though thicker in jargon than I expected. Do you know what a "Mae West" is?


    7. This is a great story well told by the man who lived it. Ewen Montagu's story is a classic in deciept and a must read for anyone interested in intelligence. This is a must read for anyone interested in World War II.


    8. It was written poorly, and that's rgw major and only flaw of this book. Other than that the topic was highly simconceldedthe fact were good and it was a very good document. Not a fiction stuff


    9. Mincemeat swallowed whole The Man Who Never Was is the book chronicling one of the most successful deception plans of World War II. Its role in the invasion of Sicily in the summer of 1943 cannot be denied. We learn of the exacting detail involved in such an operation and that even with precise and meticulous planning and execution an element of luck is needed for total success. I recall the words of Branch Rickey, one of the greatest baseball executives in the history of the game who said, LUCK [...]


    10. In April 1943 the body of a fallen soldier was given a new identity, provided with letters revealing a planned attack by the allies, and made to wash ashore in Spain. The purpose was to make the Germans think that the Allies planned to ignore Sicily and engage a two-pronged attack elsewhere. The Germans diverted troops and submarines to protect Greece and Sardinia leaving only a few troops on the northwestern coast of Sicily. Allied troops landed on the southern coast of Sicily which was unprote [...]


    11. This is the firsthand account of one of the masterminds behind one of the most ingenious, gruesome, FANTASTIC acts of espionage ever. Ben Macintyre has also written on this (Operation Mincemeat), and lots of people have talked about the operation over the years (if you haven't heard of it, seriously, LOOK IT UP), but to read about it from one of the men who worked on the project is spectacular. It's also fascinating to look at the information he was allowed to divulge only a decade after the ope [...]


    12. I decided to read this after reading "Operation Mincemeat". The Man Who never Was is the original telling of this WWII operation to deceive the Germans about the invasion of southern Europe. Although the first book was longer and contained more details I think I liked this one better. something about the simplicity and lack of drama seemed to fit the British reputation for understatement.


    13. The last time I read this book was over 60 years ago while in in high school I totally enjoyed reading it again. If you are looking for a true story about WWII and how the Germans were duped regarding the Allied landings on Sicily, you will enjoy this book.


    14. An interesting book that gives insight to a very daring operation. A textbook intelligence operation that should be read and lectured.


    15. Really informative and very interesting. It’s a very quick read and a great insight into the strategic mind of the Allies.


    16. -Truly fascinating account of a mission in 1943 for the Allies to deceive the Germans about the planned invasion of Europe from Africa. The war effort, besides being based on troop movements and firepower, was heavily dependent on tricking the other side into believing what was not.-As part of the British intelligence department, certain men were tasked with the job of deception. Probably the most successful act of deception involved the planting of information on a dead body whose identity was [...]


    17. This is a non-fiction book. A memoir about Operation Mincemeat written by Ewen Montagu, an intelligence officer in command of the Operation. Operation Mincemeat was one of deceptions for Nazi Germany during WWII. Bontagu and his colleagues made a plan to falsely convince Nazi that United Nations' armies would not land on Sicily, where, in fact, United Nations' army was going to attack. In order to have German intelligence swallow this fallacious information, Bontagu used a body and created the m [...]


    18. True story from WWII of the British intelligence officers who created and executed a plan to have a dead body wash up on the Spanish shore, be found by the Germans, and give them (false) information about the Allies' next move, which successfully drew the Germans away from the Allies' actual target.Read this at Travis's recommendation and it was really interesting. They paid incredible attention to the details of Major Martin's (the body's) personal effects - he didn't just have an ID card, he h [...]


    19. A friend gave this to me and it was a happy and surprising read. It is the true story of an English espionage plan that foiled the Nazis during WWII. In the lead up to the allied invasion from the south the English came up with a plan to deceive the Nazis into believing it would be from a different point, thereby encouragin them to deploy troops away from the real site. The created a false identity to a corpse and planted him so that he would wash up on the Spanish coast. The documents put on hi [...]


    20. Subject & Content - This book superbly describes the operation and all the problems involved through the course of planning and execution. Every detail along with photos and letters is made interesting and readable. It also explains the big picture of the WW2 and why this small operation is so crucial to the Mediterranean War during the WW2. Also, it is from the man himself who planned the operation so it is a very good first hand narration of the affair.A recommended book for all those who [...]


    21. A good recounting of the operation to deceive the Germans about the invasion of Sicily. It was thorough, but a little dry. I was expecting a little more of the story, perhaps some dramatization of the events or dialog from those involved. I suppose I will have to go watch the movie in order to get that. It was a good illustration of how effective the efforts of a small intelligence team can be towards saving lives in war, but there were a lot of unanswered questions. How big was the team? Who el [...]


    22. Great book detailing subterfuge in WWII. A detailed account from the idea all the way to finding German military records after the war, of the German response and reaction. The English came up with a plan to give false information about the invasion of Southern Europe, to reduce Axis forces at the obvious invasion point through Sicily and Italy. They decide to plant false plans on a dead body, but to make it believable, they had to come up with an entire persona. They also had to think like the [...]


    23. I read this in junior high school and was fascinated by the whole idea and execution. Brilliant story, told well and with many useful illustrations. It is the story of how the British found a corpse, added false identification and false information for the Nazi's to find and believe, which they did. It made them change battle plans and allowed the Allies to carry out operations with less interference from the Germans and Italians than otherwise. I read it several times and it inspired me to beco [...]


    24. Quite an amazing account of a British intelligence mission and how a corpse helped them fool Hitler himself and take Sicily. Most amazing was the patience, stamina, and determination needed to accomplish such a mission, and the fact that nobody could know about it, not even when it was successfully completed. Realistic view of the necessarily unacknowledged and thankless—and, often, solitary—job of the fine military servicemen, as well as the lengths they go to physically and mentally to ens [...]


    25. Reading Ben MacIntyre's overview of WWII spies, Double Cross. Waiting for it to get to the Montagu adventure,which will give the book more narrative thrust. Interested in this subject, as I've just put my own WWII thriller up on -which features Judy Garland as an OSS operative behind German lines in 1943. It's called Operation Ruby Slipper -and I've told it in Judy's wry, ironic voice. I knew Judy, so I'm able to capture her nuances accurately -and it's been great fun sending her on this fictio [...]


    26. My father had a large collection of random books he'd picked up here and there. When I was in school (in the days before the internet and cable TV), I would often read from that collection. One of the books I remember reading, probably in 8th grade or as a high school freshman, was The Man Who Never Was. I have not read any of the recent books on the subject, but I found this book every bit as riveting as I did when I first read it. I'm sure the author changed some of the facts, as it was so soo [...]


    27. "Operation Mincemeat" involved "seeding" the dead body of a British soldier with misleading information and placing it so that it washed up on Spanish shores, where the Germans (or their collaborators) retrieved it. The object was to distract attention away from the Allied invasion of Sicily in 1943 -- and it worked, according to the author, who played a major role in formulating the ruse. "Mincemeat" was hailed as one of the great counter-espionage coups of the war. (Though, of course, the bigg [...]


    28. Completely stunning tale of a real intelligence deception by British Naval Intelligence in WWII. Letting a body strand on the beach of Spain, attached with documents that subsequently divert the German defense effort away from Sicily to the Pellepones and Sardinia/Corsica. The book is written in the 50's and the author, who was the master mind of the operation, is able to draw from post-war information to prove how spectacularly successful the operation really was. This is a slim book filled wit [...]


    29. I only read The Man Who Never Was part of this book, I wasn't interested in the fictional account. I know Montagu wrote this in a weekend and no doubt his hands were tied regarding how much he could reveal but I found his telling of the story of Operation Mincemeat to be disappointing, if you want to read about Operation Mincemeat then I would recommend Operation Mincemeat: How a Dead Man and a Bizarre Plan Fooled the Nazis and Assured an Allied Victory by Ben MacIntyre.


    30. This book would probably interest only the few history nerds I know. It's about a very specific operation in World War II, but I think the reason I was so determined to read it is because it belonged to my grandmother. However, I still found it incredibly interesting and the amount of detail that went into it is phenomenal, down to having personal affects on the body. This would be great for a class studying project management I think, because the other goes into so much detail about the mission [...]


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