Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. He also had a secret to keep. In , the Brooklyn-born Erickson was a millionaire oil mogul who volunteered for a dangerous mission inside the Third Reich: locating the top-secret synthetic oil plants that kept the German war machine running. To fool the Nazis, Erickson played the role of a collaborator. All the while, he was visiting the oil refineries and passing their coordinates to Allied Bomber Command, who destroyed the plants in a series of B raids, helping to end the war early.
After the war, Erickson's was revealed as a secret agent and received the Medal of Freedom for his bravery. William Holden even played him in a hit Hollywood movie. For a brief moment in the early '60s, Erickson was the most famous spy in the world. His secret? He hadn't played a Nazi collaborator. He'd actually been one - a war profiteer who'd made millions of trading with Hitler before having a change of heart.
Black-listed by the Allies and disowned by his family, Erickson had volunteered for the spy mission in order to redeem himself, and ended up saving thousands of Allied lives. Based on newly-discovered archives in Sweden, The Secret Agent is a riveting piece of narrative nonfiction that tells the true story of Erickson's remarkable life for the first time.
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Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jun 13, Christine rated it really liked it Shelves: history-america , kindle , history-spies , history-wwii , In this kindle single, Talty chronicles the career of Erik Ericsson, who helped defeat the Nazis by pretending to be one. Talty tells the story well, and it is a good quick read.
Too often in biographies of famous men, the biography ties him or herself into knots to excuse bad behavior OR depicts the spouse as somehow la In this kindle single, Talty chronicles the career of Erik Ericsson, who helped defeat the Nazis by pretending to be one. Too often in biographies of famous men, the biography ties him or herself into knots to excuse bad behavior OR depicts the spouse as somehow lacking.
IF x was truly worthy of y, she would have understand type of thing. I'm thinking in particular of the pretzel that Ackroyd makes trying to argue that Dickens did not have sex with the young women he abandoned his wife for Dickens' treatment of his wife is absolutely horrible and of Ron Chernow's implying that if a pregnant Elizabeth Hamilton had just stayed in hot, disease filled NYC than good Alex would have never been unfaithful.
Talty doesn't whitewash or even try to whitewash the damage that Ericsson's acts had on his wife. And his wife is not depicted as shallow or evil because she had trouble handling what her husband was doing. I cannot stress how wonderful that is to see in a biography.
Conflicted about having made oil money off the rising Third Reich, Erickson hatches a plan to redeem himself and save the world in the process. Talty takes you on a page turning journey as Erickson cozies up to the Nazis leaders, tours concentration camps, witnesses incredible brutality, and ultimately carries out one of the greatest cons in history.
Erickson manages to convince Himmler, Goehring, and more to let him visit every oil refinery in the country.
Little did the Nazi leadership know that Erickson was secretly feeding these coordinates right back to the Allies. Every refinery was persistently bombed during the precise times that return raids came, and bombed again when more return raids came after the refineries repair. The Germans couldn't understand why their secret hidden refineries where being bombed so precisely.
Talty correctly argues that because of Erickson's work the Germans didn't have enough fuel to move their planes on D-Day, power their submarines, complete Hitler's counterstrike at the Bulge, and ultimately carry out hundreds of other missions which saved millions of lives. I wish that Talty would have spent a bit more time on Erickson the liar and the egoist.
Did he remain a greedy man after the war? He fibbed about certain parts of his story but does that undermine the immeasurable good he did for the cause? All in all I really enjoyed this book. Oct 20, Jason Kirk rated it liked it. The story opens in the bomb shelter of a Mercedes-Benz factory in the spring of , where Eric Erickson huddles for safety as hundreds of Bs drop tons of explosives on Amazon. The story opens in the bomb shelter of a Mercedes-Benz factory in the spring of , where Eric Erickson huddles for safety as hundreds of Bs drop tons of explosives on a target that Erickson himself had identified for them.
Talty then rewinds to tell the story of this unlikely war hero's strange path to espionage, long frustration with his mission, and ultimate success as a turning point in the defeat of the Third Reich. Though Erickson's tale has appeared before--notably in both a book and film entitled The Counterfeit Traitor --Talty's telling gets the story just right, depicting the modest, dapper Erickson and his long-classified exploits with tense pacing, surprisingly intimate details, and a reverence for this private citizen's suspenseful, tide-turning contribution to the American war effort.
Jan 25, Amber rated it liked it. This fuel shortage was then one factor behind Germany's decision not to significantly arm Normandy, and later, in its inability to mobilize sufficient troops to the Battle of the Bulge. Sep 05, Simon Howard rated it liked it. A short biography of Erik Erickson, the Swedish oil salesman and later Second World War spy, not the noted psychologist whose name is spelled a little differently. The book concentrates on Erickson's contribution to the US war effort, spying on - and thereby directing bombs towards - Germany's synthetic oil plants.
I wasn't previously aware of Erickson's remarkable story and valiant war effort. With her fierce intelligence, blunt manner, personal courage, and exceptional informants, Vera ran countless missions throughout the s. The untold story of the most important rescue mission not just of the Vietnam War, but the entire Cold War: one American aviator who knew our most important secrets crashed behind enemy lines and was sought by the entire North Vietnamese and Russian military machines.
In a masterful dual narrative that pits the heights of human ambition and achievement against the supremacy of nature, New York Times best-selling author Stephan Talty tells the story of a mighty ruler and a tiny microbe, antagonists whose struggle would shape the modern world. In the tradition of Schindler's List comes a thrilling novel based on the heroic true story of Fritz Kolbe, a widowed civil servant in Adolf Hitler's foreign ministry.
Recognizing that millions of lives are at stake, Kolbe uses his position to pass information to the Americans - risking himself and the people he holds most dear - and embarks on a dangerous double life as the Allies' most important spy.
One of the first Soviet spies uncovered during the cold war, Dr. When the war came to America at Pearl Harbor, however, Donovan wanted to command troops on the battlefield again and hoped to gain a commission in the US Army. This small ebook tells the story of the American oil man who infiltrated the Nazi regime, alienating himself from all his family, associates and friends in the process, to find out where the Nazi synthetic oil Although it makes perfect sense, I had never really thought of how Germany during WWII had to struggle to get fuel for all their tanks and planes. Several incidents were attributed to wartime saboteurs, but formal proof was never demonstrated. The gathering of military intelligence was first operated on the battlefield. If you have information which you believe might be of interest to the CIA in pursuit of the CIA's foreign intelligence mission, you may use our e-mail form. His name was Klaus Emil Fuchs, and he was, as it has been shown by history, the most important atom spy in history.
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His daring attacks on the mighty Spanish empire on land and at sea determined the fates of kings and queens, and his victories helped shape the destiny of the New World. After a deadly terrorist bombing at the American embassy in Lebanon in , only one man inside the CIA possessed the courage and skills to rebuild the networks destroyed in the blast: William Buckley. But the new Beirut station chief quickly became the target of a young terrorist named Imad Mughniyeh. Beirut Rules is the pulse-by-pulse account of Buckley's abduction, torture, and murder at the hands of Hezbollah terrorists.
History for busy people. Listen to a concise history of World War One in just one hour. Around nine million men lost their lives in a conflict that introduced the horrors of trench warfare, machine guns, and toxic gas attacks. Many consider the Battle of Midway to have turned the tide of the Pacific War. It is without question one of the most famous battles in history. Now, for the first time since Gordon W. Prange's best-selling Miracle at Midway , Jonathan Parshall and Anthony Tully offer a new interpretation of this great naval engagement. Shattered Sword makes extensive use of Japanese primary sources.
It also corrects the many errors of Mitsuo Fuchida's Midway: The Battle That Doomed Japan It thus forces a major, potentially controversial reevaluation of the great battle. In , the Brooklyn-born Erickson was a millionaire oil mogul who volunteered for a dangerous mission inside the Third Reich: Locating the top-secret synthetic oil plants that kept the German war machine running. To fool the Nazis, Erickson played the role of a collaborator. He hung a portrait of Hitler in his apartment and "disowned" his Jewish best friend, then flew to Berlin, where he charmed Himmler and signed lucrative oil deals with the architects of the Final Solution.
The research and development of methods suitable for doping and separating the highly reactive isotopes needed to create the payload for a nuclear warhead took years, and consumed a vast amount of resources. The United States and Great Britain dedicated their best scientists to this cause and constructed three plants, each with a different isotope-extraction method. The quantities required for the development were beyond the scope and purview of the Soviet program.
The Soviet Union did not have natural uranium-ore mines at the start of the nuclear arms race.
A lack of materials made it very difficult for them to conduct novel research or to map out a clear pathway to achieving the fuel they needed. The Soviet scientists became frustrated with the difficulties of producing uranium fuel cheaply, and they found their industrial techniques for refinement lacking. The use of information stolen from the Manhattan Project eventually rectified the problem. Some historians believe that the Soviet Union achieved its great leaps in its atomic program by the espionage information and technical data that Moscow succeeded in obtaining from the Manhattan Project.
Once the Soviets had learned of the American plans to develop an atomic bomb during the s, Moscow began recruiting agents to get information. Moscow was also greatly concerned with the procedures being used for U separation, what method of detonation was being used, and what industrial equipment was being used for these techniques. The Soviet Union needed spies who had security clearance high enough to have access to classified information at the Manhattan Project and who could understand and interpret what they were stealing.
Moscow also needed reliable spies who believed in the communist cause and would provide accurate information. Theodore Hall was a spy who had worked on the development of the plutonium bomb the US dropped in Japan.
This information allowed the Soviet scientists a first-hand look at the set up of a successful atomic weapon built by the Manhattan Project. The most influential of the atomic spies was Klaus Fuchs. Fuchs, a German-born British physicist, went to the United States to work on the atomic project and became one of its lead scientists. Fuchs had become a member of the Communist Party in while still a student in Germany. He eventually became one of the lead nuclear physicists in the British program. In he moved to the United States to collaborate on the Manhattan Project.
Fuchs was also able to interpret and understand the information he was stealing, which made him an invaluable resource. Fuchs provided the Soviets with detailed information on the gas-phase separation process. He also provided specifications for the payload, calculations and relationships for setting of the fission reaction, and schematics for labs producing weapons-grade isotopes.
The Soviet nuclear program would have eventually been able to develop a nuclear weapon without the aid of espionage. It did not develop a basic understanding of the usefulness of an atomic weapon, the sheer resources required, and the talent until much later. The speed at which the Soviet nuclear program achieved a working bomb, with so few resources, depended on the amount of information acquired through espionage.
During the Cold War trials, the United States emphasized the significance of that espionage. Alan Nunn May, University of Cambridge physicist. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Soviet Atomic Espionage.