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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James Bond has nothing on Dusko Popov. A triple agent for the Abwehr, MI5 and MI6 and the FBI during World War II, Popov seduced numerous women, spoke five languages and was a crack shot, all while maintaining his cover as a Yugoslavian diplomat. Into The Lion's Mouth is a globe-trotting account of Popov'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.
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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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.

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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