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STEPHAN TALTY has contributed reporting to the New York Times Magazine, GQ, Details, and many other publications. He is the author of Escape from the Land of Snows, the bestselling Empire of Blue Water, The Illustrious Dead, and Mulatto America.


"Juan Pujol is deserving of this biography, which captures not only his humanity, but also his humanism. Stephan Talty has delivered a beautiful report of every impossible day of Pujol's life, and AGENT GARBO is a confirmation of Donne's devotional, that 'when one man dies, one chapter is not torn out of the book, but translated into a better language.'"
--The Atlantic"Talty gives us an appreciably richer picture not only of Pujol but also of an interwar period that could produce someone willing and able to undertake the duplicity required of a double agent. Along the way, the author captures the chilling realities of bloody battlefields, tense war rooms and besieged London. Elegantly crafted."
--The Wall Street Journal"A wonderful book for WWII buffs, a true-life spy thriller with about as much intrigue and excitement as you'd find in a le Carre novel."
--Booklist (starred)"The exciting, improbable adventures of a young Spanish spy who managed to become Britain's most effective tool in deceiving Hitler. A lively, rollicking good read."
--Kirkus Reviews"Epic intelligence coups of WWII unreel in this colorful caper saga. Talty's Pujol is a captivating character with a talent for operatic confabulation, but Garbo is just the alluring lead in massive deceptions that the author likens to Hollywood productions, complete with rubber tanks, fake ships, and a Montgomery impersonator. The result is a rollicking story of wartime eccentrics and their labyrinthine mind games."
--Publishers Weekly, starred "AGENT GARBO is the fascinating story of a man whose wit, cunning, and steely nerves made the Allied victory possible in World War II. Stephan Talty's unsurpassed research brings forth one of the war's greatest agents in a must-read book for those who think they know all the great World War II stories."
-- Gregory Freeman, author of The Forgotten 500

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