A Spy at the Heart of the Third Reich: The Extraordinary Life of Fritz Kolbe, America's Most Important Spy in World War II

By Lucas Delattre
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9.65 Hours 03/01/2005 unabridged
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A work of remarkable scholarship that moves with the swift pace of a John le Carre thriller, A Spy at the Heart of the Third Reich is a chilling addition to the literature of espionage. In 1943, a young official named Fritz Kolbe from the German foreign ministry arranged to meet with Allen Dulles, then an OSS officer in Switzerland and later the director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Kolbe had decided to betray his country. Over the next two years, Kolbe passed on countless valuable documents about German war efforts by tying the pages to his thigh and praying to avoid customs searches. He described the location of munitions factories and relayed diplomatic reports on Germany's intelligence operations and relations with other Axis nations like Romania and nominally neutral countries like Spain. Viewed by many Germans as a traitor, he was erased from the history books and, after Hitler's fall, his diplomatic career came to an end. Drawing on recently declassified materials at the National Archives in Washington and Kolbe's personal archives, Lucas Delattre has written an extraordinary tale of an ordinary man who knew the most valuable service he could provide his country was to betray it.

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Summary

Summary

A work of remarkable scholarship that moves with the swift pace of a John le Carre thriller, A Spy at the Heart of the Third Reich is a chilling addition to the literature of espionage. In 1943, a young official named Fritz Kolbe from the German foreign ministry arranged to meet with Allen Dulles, then an OSS officer in Switzerland and later the director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

Kolbe had decided to betray his country. Over the next two years, Kolbe passed on countless valuable documents about German war efforts by tying the pages to his thigh and praying to avoid customs searches. He described the location of munitions factories and relayed diplomatic reports on Germany's intelligence operations and relations with other Axis nations like Romania and nominally neutral countries like Spain.

Viewed by many Germans as a traitor, he was erased from the history books and, after Hitler's fall, his diplomatic career came to an end. Drawing on recently declassified materials at the National Archives in Washington and Kolbe's personal archives, Lucas Delattre has written an extraordinary tale of an ordinary man who knew the most valuable service he could provide his country was to betray it.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“The first full-scale biography of Kolbe, one of the major Allied agents in Nazi Germany…Delattre has supplemented his firsthand experience with extensive research and is terrific on conditions in Germany during the war.” Publishers Weekly
“Tales of espionage have always proven enthralling, and while there are numerous accounts of American, Soviet, and British spies during World War II, documentation of German spies is rarer…Thanks to the risks that Kolbe took, the Allies learned a great deal.” Library Journal

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Author Bio: Lucas Delattre

Lucas Delattre is Head of Communication at Institut Français de la Mode, and is a graduate of the Ecole Normale Supérieure. He worked as a foreign correspondent and journalist in Germany and then on the foreign desk at Le Monde in Paris. He is the author of A Spy at the Heart of the Third Reich.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 9.65
Audience: Adult
Language: English