Agent 146: The True Story of a Nazi Spy in America

By Erich Gimpel
Translated by Eleanor Brockett
Read by Simon Vance

8.18 Hours 06/01/2004 unabridged
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“A spy has feelings like any other man. As you will see from my story, he falls in love, gives way to the same passions, has moments of black despair and great jubilation. But, unlike other men, he walks hand in hand with fear…one error of judgment can lead him to the scaffold.”—from the book September 1944. Germany is burning at both ends, and the Third Reich is crumbling. Word has drifted back to Berlin that the Americans are testing a secret weapon of unbelievable destruction, a weapon that will win the war. The Fuhrer himself calls upon agent 146 in a last-ditch effort to sabotage America’s atomic program. Two months later, a German U-boat surfaces off the coast of Maine, and a fascinating game of cat and mouse ensues as the FBI attempts to close in on the elusive Nazi spy. Never before published in the United States, Agent 146 is a spellbinding memoir of espionage under the Third Reich. With fascinating accounts of the Nazi’s plans to sabotage the Allies—from sending in commandos to capture Gibraltar to blowing up the Panama Canal—this is a must-read for any World War II history buff.

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Summary

Summary

“A spy has feelings like any other man. As you will see from my story, he falls in love, gives way to the same passions, has moments of black despair and great jubilation. But, unlike other men, he walks hand in hand with fear…one error of judgment can lead him to the scaffold.”—from the book

September 1944. Germany is burning at both ends, and the Third Reich is crumbling. Word has drifted back to Berlin that the Americans are testing a secret weapon of unbelievable destruction, a weapon that will win the war. The Fuhrer himself calls upon agent 146 in a last-ditch effort to sabotage America’s atomic program. Two months later, a German U-boat surfaces off the coast of Maine, and a fascinating game of cat and mouse ensues as the FBI attempts to close in on the elusive Nazi spy.

Never before published in the United States, Agent 146 is a spellbinding memoir of espionage under the Third Reich. With fascinating accounts of the Nazi’s plans to sabotage the Allies—from sending in commandos to capture Gibraltar to blowing up the Panama Canal—this is a must-read for any World War II history buff.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Makes a riveting espionage story…Gimpel’s account seems too fantastic to be true, and he tells it with a certain flair.” Boston Globe
“With spies, as with everyone else, it’s the journey, not the goal, that is interesting. Agent 146’s journey makes for exceptionally compelling reading.” Philadelphia Inquirer
 “Anyone aspiring to be a spy ought to read this book. Erich Gimpel impressively catalogs the strains and stresses of spying as well as the good times.” Houston Chronicle
 “Much of the book makes for breathless reading…The passages describing his scheduled execution read like something out of Poe…Anyone with the remotest interest in WWII or espionage should find this memoir exciting reading.” Publishers Weekly
“This spy’s memoir will be popular not only with the traditional espionage audience but also with those hooked on current news about military tribunals, American defectors, and terrorists.” Booklist
“A spy has feelings like any other man. As you will see from my story, he falls in love, gives way to the same passions, has moments of black despair and great jubilation. But, unlike other men, he walks hand in hand with fear…one error of judgment can lead him to the scaffold.” from the book

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Author Bio: Erich Gimpel

Erich Gimpel was recruited by the Third Reich to spy on America. He was caught in New York in January 1945 and sentenced to hang but was given a last-minute reprieve. He served ten years in the Fort Leavenworth and Alcatraz prisons then returned home to Germany where he wrote his memoir.

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Available Formats : CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 8.18
Audience: Adult
Language: English