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It seems Pope Francis needs to brush up on his Tertullian!

It has been reported (in The ChristLast Media, I must note) that the current Pope does not like the phrase "lead us not into temptation...

"Let no freedom be allowed to novelty, because it is not fitting that any addition should be made to antiquity. Let not the clear faith and belief of our forefathers be fouled by any muddy admixture." -- Pope Sixtus III

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

The Michael and Cathryn Borden Memorial Books of the Day.*

Agent Zigzag: A True Story of Nazi Espionage, Love, and Betrayal
by Ben Macintyre

From the Jacket:

Eddie Chapman was a charming criminal, a con man, and a philanderer. He was also one of the most remarkable double agents Britain has ever produced. Inside the traitor was a man of loyalty; inside the villain was a hero. The problem for Chapman, his spymasters, and his lovers was to know where one persona ended and the other began.

In 1941, after training as a German spy in occupied France, Chapman was parachuted into Britain with a revolver, a wireless, and a cyanide pill, with orders from the Abwehr to blow up an airplane factory. Instead, he contacted MI5, the British Secret Service. For the next four years, Chapman worked as a double agent, a lone British spy at the heart of the German Secret Service who at one time volunteered to assassinate Hitler for his countrymen. Crisscrossing Europe under different names, all the while weaving plans, spreading disinformation, and, miraculously, keeping his stories straight under intense interrogation, he even managed to gain some profit and seduce beautiful women along the way.

The Nazis feted Chapman as a hero and awarded him the Iron Cross. In Britain, he was pardoned for his crimes, becoming the only wartime agent to be thus rewarded. Both countries provided for the mother of his child and his mistress. Sixty years after the end of the war, and ten years after Chapman’s death, MI5 has now declassified all of Chapman’s files, releasing more than 1,800 pages of top secret material and allowing the full story of Agent Zigzag to be told for the first time.

ZigZag - The Incredible Wartime Exploits of Double Agent Eddie Chapman
by Nicholas Booth

Evening Standard:
“A compelling and well-researched biography.”

Christopher Hudson, Daily Mail:
“Now a new book with exclusive family interviews reveals Agent ZigZag’s most extraordinary claim to fame . . . to blow up Hitler.”

David Stafford, author of Churchill and Secret Service:
“Engossing . . . A gripping page turner . . . An excellent portrait of this slippery real-life agent and con man.”

Publishers Weekly:
A lively and sympathetic account of celebrated double agent Eddie Chapman . . . Intriguing reading.

Kirkus Reviews:
This cinematic tale of World War II espionage is a one-man spy versus spy thriller. . . . A fascinating chronicle of a largely unappreciated detail of the war . . . A first-rate text with Hitchcockian contortions.

A very personal, intimate story.

Pasadena Star News:
The author writes as John le Carré. . . . An extraordinary read.

Commercial Dispatch:
Here is a complex picture of a strange man . . . An entertaining biography . . . It’s one of those stories that if it were brought out as a novel, it would be dismissed as lacking any grounds for credibility.

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