Into the Lion's Mouth

Into the Lion's Mouth

The True Story of Dusko Popov : World War II Spy, Patriot, and the Real-life Inspiration for James Bond

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"On a cool August evening in 1941, a Serbian playboy created a stir at Casino Estoril in Portugal by throwing down an outrageously large baccarat bet to humiliate his opponent. The Serbian was a British double agent, and the money - which he had just stolen from the Germans - belonged to the British. From the sidelines, watching with intent interest, was none other than Ian Fleminga The Serbian was Dusko Popov. As a youngster, he was expelled from his London prep school. Years later he would be arrested and banished from Germany for making derogatory statements about the Third Reich. When World War II ensued, the playboy became a spy, eventually serving three dangerous masters- the Abwehr, MI5 and MI6, and the FBI. On August 10, 1941, the Germans sent Popov to the United States to construct a spy network and gather information on Pearl Harbor. The FBI ignored his German questionnaire, but J. Edgar Hoover succeeded in blowing his cover. While M15 desperately needed Popov to deceive the Abwehr about the D-Day invasion, they assured him that a return to the German Secret Service Headquarters in Lisbon would result in torture and execution. He went anywaya Into the Lion's Mouth is a globe-trotting account of a man's entanglement with espionage, murder, assassins, and lovers - including enemy spies and a Hollywood starlet. It is a story of subterfuge and seduction, patriotism, and cold-blooded courage. It is the story of Dusko Popov - the inspiration for James Bond. Includes photographs Advance praise for Into the Lion's Mouth "
Publisher: New York :, Berkley Caliber, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC,, [2016]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780425281819
Branch Call Number: 921 POP
Characteristics: xiii, 368 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm

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rpavlacic
Sep 28, 2016

Two takeaways from this book. One: it was the Germans (not the Japanese) who initially had designs on Pearl Harbor. Dusko Popov, a double agent for the British, warned J. Edgar Hoover via the microdot system about the Nazis' plans, but Hoover never passed it on to FDR - for reasons that to this day remain unexplained. Two: Several months before D-Day, it was Popov that was entrusted to mislead the Germans as to where the invasion was going to take place - and his cover nearly got blown in the process. There is also a bit about the women in his life, including two who were on the A-list, but for the most part it is a great look at the murky world of espionage, and why the business is definitely not for most of us.

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StarGladiator
Jun 15, 2016

Naaah, haven't read this book yet, but Patrick Dal-Zel, the British Royal Marine for awhile under Fleming's command, was part of the inspiration for Bond [Dal-Zel spoke a number of languages, was half-Scottish and half-Swiss, and did some pretty incredible things during WWII] - - the other half of Fleming's inspiration was Ian Fleming's own particular hedonistic likes and tastes - - the two making a perfect combo!

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