The Secret Agent In Search of America s Greatest World War II Spy Eric Erickson was the most important American spy of World War II He also had a secret to keep In the Brooklyn born Erickson was a millionaire oil mogul who volunteered for a dangerous mission i

  • Title: The Secret Agent: In Search of America's Greatest World War II Spy
  • Author: Stephan Talty
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  • Page: 417
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  • Eric Erickson was the most important American spy of World War II He also had a secret to keep.In 1941, the Brooklyn born Erickson was a millionaire oil mogul who volunteered for a dangerous mission inside the Third Reich locating the top secret synthetic oil plants that kept the German war machine running To fool the Nazis, Erickson played the role of a collaborator HEric Erickson was the most important American spy of World War II He also had a secret to keep.In 1941, the Brooklyn born Erickson was a millionaire oil mogul who volunteered for a dangerous mission inside the Third Reich locating the top secret synthetic oil plants that kept the German war machine running To fool the Nazis, Erickson played the role of a collaborator He hung a portrait of Hitler in his apartment and disowned his Jewish best friend, then flew to Berlin, where he charmed Himmler and signed lucrative oil deals with the architects of the Final Solution All the while, he was visiting the oil refineries and passing their coordinates to Allied Bomber Command, who destroyed the plants in a series of B 17 raids, helping to end the war early.After the war, Erickson s was revealed as a secret agent and received the Medal of Freedom for his bravery William Holden even played him in a hit Hollywood movie For a brief moment in the early 60s, Erickson was the most famous spy in the world His secret He hadn t played a Nazi collaborator He d actually been one a war profiteer who d made millions of trading with Hitler before having a change of heart Black listed by the Allies and disowned by his family, Erickson had volunteered for the spy mission in order to redeem himself, and ended up saving thousands of Allied lives.Based on newly discovered archives in Sweden, The Secret Agent is a riveting piece of narrative nonfiction that tells the true story of Erickson s remarkable life for the first time.

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    1. Stephan Talty

      Stephan Talty is the New York Times bestselling author of six acclaimed books of narrative nonfiction, as well as the Abbie Kearney crime novels Originally from Buffalo, he now lives outside New York City.Talty began as a widely published journalist who has contributed to the New York Times Magazine, GQ, Men s Journal, Time Out New York, Details, and many other publications He is the author of the forthcoming thriller Hangman the sequel to Black Irish , as well as Agent Garbo The Brilliant, Eccentric Double Agent who Tricked Hitler and Saved D Day 2012 and Empire of Blue Water Captain Morgan s Great Pirate Army, the Epic Battle for the Americas, and the Catastrophe that Ended the Outlaws Bloody Reign 2008.His short e book, The Secret Agent In Search of America s Greatest World War II Spy was the best selling Single of 2013.

    675 thoughts on “The Secret Agent: In Search of America's Greatest World War II Spy”

    1. I really enjoyed this book about famed World War II spy Erik Erickson. Conflicted about having made oil money off the rising Third Reich, Erickson hatches a plan to redeem himself and save the world in the process. Talty takes you on a page turning journey as Erickson cozies up to the Nazis leaders, tours concentration camps, witnesses incredible brutality, and ultimately carries out one of the greatest cons in history. Erickson manages to convince Himmler, Goehring, and more to let him visit ev [...]


    2. Unknown HeroThis very short read carries itself off like fiction but is indeed a factual account of a very brave and unassuming spy. His efforts impacted the duration of WW II and his story is largely unknown. Well written and without frills, this story is as interesting as it is educative.


    3. This book was a great read that had me taut with anticipation. I couldn't get to the bottom of each page fast enough. One wonders how many stories like this there are of World War II: Normal people who risked everything to stop a monstrous would-be empire.


    4. Nice short read about a fascinating character from WWII. Why can't more books be like this? Long enough to do justice to a story, but not feeling the need to pad with useless stuffing.


    5. Amazing story of the real James BondDetailed account of the man who brought Germany to its knees. He passed exact information on the location of synthetic fuel factories. Bombing these cut off Hitler's ability to fight.


    6. Courage, deception and IncomptenceThis is an eyeopening book not only about a guileful spy but also clueless allied war planners. The Truth often opens wounds!


    7. Good adventure readInteresting combination of history and drama. Well worth the time to read. Did not know of Germany 's efforts to produce synthetic oil.


    8. Sensational One of the best biographies I have ever read, and about a giant of whom I had never known. So, I wonder how many other titans of valor there are. All thumbs up.


    9. Interesting story on WWII Allied Spy "Red" Erickson's exploits and the German's focus on producing synthetic oil. Fast read for anyone interested in WWII or spies.


    10. Review: Stephan Talty's true tale of Allied espionage stars an American oil playboy, Swedish royalty, a passionate love story, and "synfuel," a synthetic substitute for oil that propelled Hitler's dream of energy independence and marked one of the key strategic opportunities for the Axis powers throughout the war. The story opens in the bomb shelter of a Mercedes-Benz factory in the spring of 1944, where Eric Erickson huddles for safety as hundreds of B-17s drop tons of explosives on a target th [...]


    11. This excellent book documents the life of a daring man who was willing to take unbelievable risks to assist the Allies in World War II because, in his words, he was "raised to resist tyrants and dictators - and against any and all that used brutality and force to gain their goals." Not only did he believe in and judge people by their decency, his conduct during the war can be accurately summed up by this word, decency. Although very few people knew the name Eric Erickson, he was recognized after [...]


    12. This is an interesting short non-fiction book on an American oilman living in Sweden, who spent years building a cover as a Nazi sympathizer in order to become a spy and eventually, gain the Nazis' trust and uncover the location of their synthetic oil plants (to turn abundant domestic coal into aviation/automobile fuel). These plants became increasingly important as Germany's domestic (and conquered) fuel sources dried up or were targeted by the Allies; by early 1944, these plants supplied 57% o [...]


    13. This is a great in-between read about Erik Erickson and how he helped the allies destroy the enemy oil supply. It's written almost like a spy thriller, but definitely has a documentary like touch to it make it extremely fun to read.The narritive starts with Erickson as a boy, where he grew up and sets up his mental state as we learn more about how he became a stereotypical 'oil man'. His entry into the Nazi camp as a spy and how his actions forced others to view him in Stockholm definitely shine [...]


    14. This is probably the most interesting book I've read recently. Eric Erickson was a spy who infiltrated Nazi Germany during World War II and used his connections to find the locations of plants that were manufacturing synthetic oil that Germany critically needed for the war effort. Having lots of coal and no oil, the synthetic oil process used that coal to create oil. I had no idea how important the destruction of the synthetic oil plants was to the outcome of the war. But almost no one knew who [...]


    15. This was a true story set during World War II. Eric Erickson was an Ivy League, oil man, rough neck in Texas. He moved to Sweden and courted royalty and all those powerful. His business was hugely successful in Europe, bring oil to among other countries, Nazi Germany. He was viewed as a traitor and Nazi sympathizer by most, including his own brother, and hated by most. He also became loved and trusted by the Nazi's. This was all by design. He was working for the United States and Britain to trac [...]


    16. Although it makes perfect sense, I had never really thought of how Germany during WWII had to struggle to get fuel for all their tanks and planes. The oil-producing world pretty much cut them off, and Germany had to depend upon their brilliant chemists to engineer synthetic oil from coal. This small ebook tells the story of the American oil man who infiltrated the Nazi regime, alienating himself from all his family, associates and friends in the process, to find out where the Nazi synthetic oil [...]


    17. Very well written historical account of an international spy, American Eric Erickson, and his education in the petroleum business and his activities during WWII. I'm gaining an education on just how pivotal petroleum access has been in many country's efforts to gain control, especially in wartime. This is a short story. I read it during my recent airport travel, and the flight was only 1 hr 20 min! Around 100 book pages, is my guess.I give this a high recommendation - not only educational, but t [...]


    18. Books like these are the reason why I read nonfiction.It's informative, yet also personal. I appreciated the realness of espionage and the reality of being a spy that was presented in this book, and the personal events that made Eric Erickson the man he was.It's also short, and very easy to read. I would have wanted it to be longer, more detailed, but I could imagine the author's trouble with the process of finding the information with this book. Nonetheless, I liked this book.


    19. The interesting true story about one of the most important people in WWII that you've never heard of. It's amazing the depth of the German High Command Erik Ericsson was able to penetrate at significant personal risk to assist the Allied cause. The Nazi Empire fell for a bunch of reasons, but without Erik's involvement, the tolls on both sides of the war would have been far graver. A quick read that doesn't get boring, even for non military-types.


    20. I enjoyed this book. I had never heard of Eric Erickson before. It was a story of an unlikely (perhaps reluctant) hero in the midst of one of the greatest conflicts in world history. It amazes me that a single individual could make such a difference with self-motivation and dogged determination (even at his own peril). Fascinating!


    21. WWII espionage.This first hand account of the,quite possibly. greatest American spy ever, is riveting and hard to put down. The humbleness of the man, along with the detailed description of his accomplishments is awe inspiring. What he personally sacrificed to give the Allies a victory is incredible.


    22. This was pretty interesting, and insightful on World War ll. It's about some spy who found out the locations of German oil refineries. It shows how Germans were thinking back then. Also made me wonder how many other people were helping greatly during the war that we have no clue of.


    23. Interesting readInteresting readsomething I didn't know.ough it seemed to need to picketers being a good story or being a documentary. overall the book was easy to read and interesting.


    24. This is a very short/quick read at just 77 pages. However I was introduced to a true Spy who sacrificed quite a bit to do the 'decent' thing in Europe during World War II. Check it out. you won't regret it!


    25. Surprised new factual WW II is still being discoveredAs a fifth child, I have been told my father was soon to have been called up to join World War II, when the war was won by the Allies. This was a good and important read to me


    26. I always enjoy true stories! For a short time in the 60's Erickson was the most famous spy in the world. This man gave up his family and friends to save thousands of lives. It's only 66 kindle pages!


    27. This is a true story and in hindsight cutting oil supply to Hitler was major factor in outcome of wareresting that the pursuit for synthetic oil that was important then was immediately squelched by big oil after the war.


    28. A fascinating story of a man who almost single-handedly dealt a significant blow to the goals of the Third Reich. He showed a different kind of bravery but is a man to be admired for his willingness to forsake his public reputation, family, and friendships to aid his country.


    29. Great spy bookone of america's true hero's. This story needs to be told by the media today. Show young folks hero's.ue hero's



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