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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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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