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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. Get A Copy. Kindle Edition , 66 pages.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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. I found this book a bit unsatisfying, though: it's brevity meant that it was hard to fully understan 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. I found this book a bit unsatisfying, though: it's brevity meant that it was hard to fully understand Erickson's motivations, and - while it was touched on briefly - it would have been interesting to get more insight into the later psychological impact of having profited from the Nazi regime early on.
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. The oil-producing world pretty much cut them off, and Germany had to depend upon their brilliant chemists to engineer synthetic oil from coal. 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.
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 plants were located and then pass that information onto the Allied command, who then bombed the sites. It was interesting from a historical stand point, but I found the writing merely functional. Jan 23, Matthew rated it liked it. The interesting true story about one of the most important people in WWII that you've never heard of.
It's amazing the depth of the German High Command Erik Ericsson was able to penetrate at significant personal risk to assist the Allied cause. The Nazi Empire fell for a bunch of reasons, but without Erik's involvement, the tolls on both sides of the war would have been far graver. A quick read that doesn't get boring, even for non military-types.
Jan 31, David Laurence Davenport rated it really liked it. Unknown Hero This very short read carries itself off like fiction but is indeed a factual account of a very brave and unassuming spy. His efforts impacted the duration of WW II and his story is largely unknown. Well written and without frills, this story is as interesting as it is educative. Sep 10, Shirley rated it liked it. This is a true story and in hindsight cutting oil supply to Hitler was major factor in outcome of war.
Nov 30, Santino Maulucci rated it liked it.
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This was pretty interesting, and insightful on World War ll. It's about some spy who found out the locations of German oil refineries. It shows how Germans were thinking back then.
Also made me wonder how many other people were helping greatly during the war that we have no clue of. May 15, Mandy Daugherty rated it liked it.
Interesting read Interesting read something I didn't know This book was a great read that had me taut with anticipation. I couldn't get to the bottom of each page fast enough. One wonders how many stories like this there are of World War II: Normal people who risked everything to stop a monstrous would-be empire. May 01, Terra rated it liked it. Interesting story, but not very well written. There were a few glaring factual errors too Stuttgart is not in northern Germany for instance.
Dec 05, Justin A Willer rated it liked it. Spy story engaging book by the author of Garbo the spy. Interesting tale about a WWII spy who is little known today. The reading ends up wanting for more information about the spy and his lover. Oct 30, Grace rated it liked it. Fast read for anyone interested in WWII or spies. Nice short read about a fascinating character from WWII.
Why can't more books be like this?
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Long enough to do justice to a story, but not feeling the need to pad with useless stuffing. View 1 comment. Oct 13, Nicholas Maulucci rated it liked it. Aug 09, Otavio rated it it was amazing. Amazing story of the real James Bond Detailed account of the man who brought Germany to its knees. He passed exact information on the location of synthetic fuel factories. Bombing these cut off Hitler's ability to fight.
Dec 31, Susan Gardber rated it really liked it. Good Enjoyed the truthfulness of this book.