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Into the Lion's Mouth: The True Story of Dusko Popov: World War II Spy,… (edició 2016)

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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.… (més)
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Títol:Into the Lion's Mouth: The True Story of Dusko Popov: World War II Spy, Patriot, and the Real-Life Inspiration for James Bond
Autors:Larry Loftis (Autor)
Informació:Dutton Caliber (2016), Edition: American First, 384 pages
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Into the Lion's Mouth: The True Story of Dusko Popov: World War II Spy, Patriot, and the Real-Life Inspiration for James Bond de Larry Loftis

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I’ve been a fan of Dusko’s story since I read his autobiography many years ago. He didn’t like the comparison of his real adventures to the too fanciful fictional James Bond that Ian Fleming modeled after him. “In some ways It’s an insult to my intelligence to be known as the real-life James Bond.” I agree, impossible superheroes leave me cold, while uncovering the gritty truth turns me on. That’s why I’m so enthralled by this new, well researched book by Larry Loftis. He uses the now declassified files and interviews with surviving friends and family to get behind the myth to the real events that Dusko was unable or unwilling to relate. James Bond was a bland, upper crust Brit, whereas Dusko was a complex weave of Balkan ethnicity with aristocratic opportunities and education. While as much a randy playboy as Bond, he was less reptilian and fell hard for some of his paramours, like the movie star Simone Simon, but the duties of his secret life in a genocidal war that directly impacted his family and friends prevented his holding just one love until after the smoke cleared. Of course, the casual reader should skim over some of the detailed notes and cross references given here, unless he wants to probe deeper into the complex web of characters, like the jealous narcissist J. Edgar Hoover, who betrayed him and stained the FBI’s reputation by not passing on Dusko’s timely warning about Axis interest in Pearl Harbor. All true heroes are flawed humans like the rest of us, but this triple cross spy fooled the Nazis to pave the way for the Allied invasion of Normandy, among other fantastic coups, which would have been bloodier and more costly otherwise. Enjoy! ( )
  RonSchulz | Jun 24, 2022 |
I read about this book in Parade magazine and had to read it. The author includes a chart at the back that presents the various pretenders to the claim of being Ian Fleming's inspiration for James Bond. Dusk Popov clearly bested the opposition. ( )
  JoeHamilton | Jul 21, 2020 |
Formulaic and repetitive. Assembles ideas and quotations from largely secondary sources without making an original contribution to the topic. In combination, these result in a book that succeeds neither as a history nor a true-life narrative. ( )
  CKHarwood | Jul 26, 2018 |
What attracted me to this book was that Dusko Popov was reputedly the inspiration for James Bond. Popov was a ladies man who enjoyed the good life and like to gamble like Bond did. However Popov performed largely in the shadows – – he was considered to be a double or triple agent. He traded in information. The most interesting part of the book was that Popov had provided information to the FBI prior to Pearl Harbor that the Japanese were planning on attacking it. Popov's information was ignored and the Japanese attack was successful.

Popov was a Renaissance like man with a high pedigree as an athlete, businessman and intellectual. I didn't find this book as riveting as a James Bond novel but readers who are students of World War II will enjoy Popov's story. ( )
  writemoves | Jan 30, 2017 |
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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.

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