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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 / Larry Loftis.

By: Loftis, Larry [author.].
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : Berkley Caliber, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, 2016Edition: First edition.Description: xiii, 368 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780425281819.Other title: True story of Dusko Popov, World War II spy, patriot, and the real-life inspiration for James Bond | Dusko Popov : World War II spy, patriot, and the real-life inspiration for James Bond.Subject(s): Popov, Dusko | World War, 1939-1945 -- Secret service -- Great Britain | World War, 1939-1945 -- Secret service -- Germany | Spies -- Great Britain -- Biography | Spies -- Germany -- Biography | Espionage -- Germany -- History -- 20th century | Espionage -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th centuryGenre/Form: Biographies. DDC classification: 940.54/8641092
Forging the anvil -- Exiting feet first -- Spying for Hitler, killing for Churchill -- Magic -- The bee hive -- Too many devices -- Passion and addiction -- Death in the afternoon -- "He's not dead" -- Taranto and the target -- Casino Estoril -- Pearl Harbor warning -- Cover-up -- I'll kill her -- Butterflies and carnage -- Blown -- Incomplete canvas -- The art of the silent kill -- "Turn around slowly" -- Ticking -- Five lives -- Shots rang out -- Truth serum -- AUF -- D-Day -- Naked and shaved -- Ulla -- Partisan politics -- Johnny.
Summary: A biography of Dusko Popov, who, as "an operative for the Abwehr, SD, MI5, MI6, and FBI during World War II ... seduced countless women--including agents on both sides--spoke five languages, and was a crack shot, all while maintaining his cover as a Yugoslav diplomat"--Amazon.com.
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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.

Includes bibliographical references (pages [287]-349) and index.

Forging the anvil -- Exiting feet first -- Spying for Hitler, killing for Churchill -- Magic -- The bee hive -- Too many devices -- Passion and addiction -- Death in the afternoon -- "He's not dead" -- Taranto and the target -- Casino Estoril -- Pearl Harbor warning -- Cover-up -- I'll kill her -- Butterflies and carnage -- Blown -- Incomplete canvas -- The art of the silent kill -- "Turn around slowly" -- Ticking -- Five lives -- Shots rang out -- Truth serum -- AUF -- D-Day -- Naked and shaved -- Ulla -- Partisan politics -- Johnny.

A biography of Dusko Popov, who, as "an operative for the Abwehr, SD, MI5, MI6, and FBI during World War II ... seduced countless women--including agents on both sides--spoke five languages, and was a crack shot, all while maintaining his cover as a Yugoslav diplomat"--Amazon.com.

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Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Map (p. ix)
  • Dramatis Personae (p. xi)
  • Preface (p. 1)
  • 1 Forging the Anvil (p. 3)
  • 2 Exiting Feet First (p. 9)
  • 3 Spying For Hitler, Killing For Churchill (p. 14)
  • 4 Magic (p. 21)
  • 5 The Bee Hive (p. 28)
  • 6 Too Many Devices (p. 39)
  • 7 Passion and Addiction (p. 46)
  • 8 Death in the Afternoon (p. 54)
  • 9 "He's Not Dead" (p. 61)
  • 10 Taranto and the Target (p. 68)
  • 11 Casino Estoril (p. 77)
  • 12 Pearl Harbor Warning (p. 88)
  • 13 Cover-Up (p. 99)
  • 14 I'll Kill Her (p. 115)
  • 15 Butterflies and Carnage (p. 123)
  • 16 Blown (p. 133)
  • 17 Incomplete Canvas (p. 146)
  • 18 The Art of the Silent Kill (p. 154)
  • 19 "Turn Around Slowly" (p. 165)
  • 20 Ticking (p. 174)
  • 21 Five Lives (p. 182)
  • 22 Shots Rang Out (p. 189)
  • 23 Truth Serum (p. 198)
  • 24 Auf (p. 209)
  • 25 D-Day (p. 221)
  • 26 Naked and Shaved (p. 237)
  • 27 Ulla (p. 241)
  • 28 Partisan Politics (p. 247)
  • 29 Johnny (p. 254)
  • Epilogue (p. 259)
  • Sources and Acknowledgments (p. 267)
  • Appendix 1 August 19, 1941, Transmittal Letter from E. J. Connelley to J. Edgar Hoover With Pearl Harbor Questionnaire (p. 273)
  • Appendix 2 Popov Operations (p. 277)
  • Appendix 3 Ian Fleming's Bond and Potential Models (p. 279)
  • Appendix 4 Living Casablanca and Dr. No (p. 285)
  • Notes (p. 287)
  • Bibliography (p. 339)
  • Index (p. 351)

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<opt> <anon I1="BLANK" I2="BLANK">1 " Forging the Anvil The word spy carries with it a certain pejorative connotation. Soldiers serve with patriotism and courage. Admirals lead with brilliance and heavenly wisdom. Field marshals and generals attack gallantly and operate, as Rommel proved, within an ethical code of conduct. Spies, on the other hand, thrive between the shadows of deceit and skullduggery. Spies lie with impunity and lie with the enemy. They double-cross without conscience and kill without confession. If a spy wasn't a criminal before the secret service, he became one in the process. As one intelligence officer put it, he "must be prepared to be a villain, to be ruthless and dishonest in one role while being honest and tolerant in another. Second, he must be, or try to be, a good showman." Like none other, Dusko Popov was born for the role. With equal measure he could and did wear all masks: villain and hero, killer and lover, deceiver and patriot. But above all, he was a showman. Born July 10, 1912, in Titel, Serbia, Dusan "Dusko" Miladoroff Popov was the second of Milorad Popov's three sons-Ivan, Dusko, and Vladan-and the grandson of Omer Popov, a wealthy banker and industrialist who had built a sizeable empire of factories, mines, and retail businesses. Dusko's father continued the family business, adding residential real estate to their investments. Like many of Europe's aristocrats, the family divided their time between luxury homes-a winter residence in Belgrade and summer retreat in Dubrovnik. The boys grew up sailing the Adriatic, playing water polo and tennis, and riding horses. Vladan, the youngest of Popov's sons, was not as personally close as his brothers and would spend the war years in college. Dusko's older brother, Ivan ("Ivo")-whom Dusko idolized-was six-foot-two and handsome. An instinctive leader, Ivo would become a surgeon and a courageous operative in the Yugoslav resistance. Like Dusko, Ivo was intelligent, charismatic, and intensely independent-traits which would endanger their lives in the years to come. Milorad Popov desired a first-rate education for his boys. Vladan would attend the universities at Freiburg and Bologna, and later medical school in Paris. Ivo would receive an undergraduate degree at the Sorbonne, a medical degree at the University of Belgrade, and a surgery degree from the University of Naples. Dusko would travel to three countries before he finished. When he was sixteen, his father enrolled him at Ewell Castle, a well-respected preparatory school outside London. Housed in a castellated mansion on the former grounds of Henry VIII's Nonsuch Palace, the institution was the epitome of Gothic revival and pupil refinement. Dusko's refining, however, was not to be; at least not there. Three months after enrolling he confounded the staid establishment with a belligerent independence not seen before, or since. One day after missing a detention, Dusko was sentenced to a cane whipping. Objecting that the adjudication was inappropriate for the offense, Dusko snatched the cane from the teacher and snapped it in two-in front of the class. He was expelled. Popov transferred to the Lycée in Paris and managed to matriculate without incident. Upon graduation he enrolled at the University of Belgrade, where he received a law degree. Not particularly keen on commencing a demanding legal practice, he decided to pursue a doctorate in law at the University of Freiburg. Graduate work in Germany seemed illogical; the country was politically unstable and German was his fourth language. But Germany dominated the cultural and economic realms of southeastern Europe, he felt, and anyone seeking business success would do well to learn its customs. Even now, some eighty years after Dusko's decision, Germany's economic hegemony continues. "Germany sits at the heart of this vast economic and demographic domain," wrote one Wall Street expert in 2014. "Through its indirect control of the ECB and the euro, it will dominate commerce, finance, and trade." With limited knowledge of Hitler's power and plans, Popov's decision in 1934 was nothing less than savvy. Of the numerous options within the country, Freiburg offered charming allure. Beautiful and historic, the cozy town was nestled in the shadow of the Black Forest, was close to ski slopes, and was not too far from Belgrade. The school also offered an internationally renowned academic tradition. Founded in 1457, the University of Freiburg was one of the oldest colleges in Europe and was known for outstanding critical thinking. Philosopher Martin Heidegger taught here, and for two years had been rector. What few outside Germany knew, however, was that Heidegger was a committed Nazi. Dusko was aware that going to school in Germany would entail certain disadvantages-Nazi propaganda, in particular-but he figured the advantages of Freiburg outweighed the negative political environment. Besides, he'd be in and out in two years. What he couldn't see from Belgrade, however, was the national system of indoctrination and terror being orchestrated and implemented from Berlin. Hitler became Reich chancellor on January 30, 1933, and within a month passed the "Ordinance for the Protection of the People and the State." A month later, the first concentration camp was established and two months later the Gestapo was formed. Under Ernst Röhm, the Sturmabteilung (Storm Battalion, or SA) began arresting, beating, torturing-in some cases murdering-thousands of Berlin Communists, Social Democrats, and Jews. In 1934 henchman Reinhard Heydrich became Gestapo chief and Heinrich Himmler declared the SD (Sicherheitsdienst) the political intelligence and counterespionage service of the Nazi Party. To that end Himmler tasked the organization with discovering and stifling opponents of National Socialism. On April 12 of that year the minister of the interior announced the principles for "preventive arrest" and Schutzhaft protective custody. Soon thereafter, the Gestapo consigned to concentration camps all treasonists, Communists, and members of the International Bible Research Association. In short order, those liable for preventive detention included "anti-social malefactors": beggars, homosexuals, prostitutes, drunkards, brawlers, and even grumblers. By the time Dusko entered the University of Freiburg in 1935, the term malefactors had been expanded to cover anyone who opposed Nazi rule. At universities throughout Germany the SD formed "Working Associations," each having local leaders and an army of collaborators and informants. Those in associations included academics, judges, businessmen, and scientists. Some in academia served as "reporters." When Dusko graduated in 1937, the SD surveillance network had grown to three thousand full-time employees, with another fifty thousand serving as informants. At major universities like Freiburg, SD collaborators would have long since infiltrated faculty and student clubs. Future Secret Service chief Walter Schellenberg started with the SD in this fashion, having been recruited by two professors while a student at the University of Bonn. The malediction of the system was significant and swift; once denounced by a Nazi collaborator, a victim was immediately arrested. And Dusko was mistaken in his belief that foreigners were exempt from prosecution and punishment. A thirty-one-year-old American physician, Joseph Schachno, was a prime example. One evening shortly after Hitler's rise to power a team of uniformed men visited Dr. Schachno's home in Berlin. They were responding to an anonymous tip that Schachno was a potential enemy of the state. Though the Gestapo found nothing incriminating in his home, the American was taken to headquarters, ordered to undress, and whipped mercilessly. His entire body was flayed, leaving a mass of raw, bleeding flesh. But the danger was just beginning. Two years after Hitler's election, the Reichstag passed the anti-Semitic Nuremberg Laws. When Freiburg stores were ordered to post signs forbidding the entrance of Jews, the owner of a favorite campus café-Mrs. Birlinger-refused. The Nazis responded by picketing the restaurant and posting soldiers to collect names of patrons. It was a less than subtle intimidation at which Dusko took umbrage. One day he and his two closest friends-Johann Jebsen and Alfred "Freddy" Graf von Kageneck-supported the recalcitrant café by giving their names to the guards and taking a table by the window for all to see. Dusko Popov, the foreign student, had caught the watchful eye of the Reich. As a handsome and charismatic doctoral student, he was also catching the eyes of co-eds. Women and trouble invariably commingled for Popov, and throughout his early years he was never far from either. Sunning with a girlfriend one afternoon, Dusko wrote in his memoirs, he was resting peacefully when another suitor-Karl Laub-approached to pester the girl for a date. A disagreement ensued and Laub challenged Dusko to Mensur-a saber duel sometimes called "academic fencing." Practiced in German universities since the sixteenth century, Mensur was thought to instill mettle and courage in young men. Hitler encouraged the practice as a means of building up fearless soldiers. German traditionalists, men like Walter Schellenberg, joined university student groups specifically because they had "a code of honor and duelling." The tradition was not favored by handsome foreigners, however, since the object of the bout was to disfigure the opponent's face. Mensur contestants wore a protective vest, neck armor, and a small mask to protect the eyes and nose; the cheeks, forehead, and chin were the principal targets, and a quick flip of the wrist would lacerate anything the saber touched. The duel, which was officiated, allowed no ducking, flinching, or dodging of an opponent's blows. Mark Twain described a bout he witnessed in Heidelberg: The instant the word was given, the two apparitions sprang forward and began to rain blows down upon each other with such lightning rapidity that I could not quite tell whether I saw the swords or only flashes they made. . . . I saw a handful of hair skip into the air as if it had lain loose on the victim's head and a breath of wind had suddenly puffed it away. . . . The surgeon came and turned back the hair from the wound-and revealed a crimson gash two or three inches long. . . . The duelists took position again; a small stream of blood was flowing down the side of the injured man's head, and over his shoulder and down his body to the floor, but he did not seem to mind this. The word was given, and they plunged at each other as fiercely as before; once more the blows rained and rattled and flashed. . . . The law is that the battle must continue fifteen minutes if the men can hold out. . . . At last it was decided that the men were too much wearied to do battle any longer. They were led away drenched with crimson from head to foot. Gruesome Mensur scars, Schmissen ("smite") the Germans called them, adorned the faces of many World War II officers, including SA cofounder Ernst Röhm, head of the political police (later, Gestapo) Rudolf Diels, RSHA chief Ernst Kaltenbrunner, and legendary commando Otto Skorzeny. No less an authority than Otto von Bismarck was reported to have said that dueling scars were a sign of bravery, and that a man's courage could be determined by the number on his cheeks. Dusko had neither the need for distorted courage nor the desire for a deformed face. When the time for the duel arrived, he demanded a different weapon. Pistols. Laub and his second objected. Pistols had never been used in student dueling, they complained to the referee. Johnny Jebsen, who was Dusko's second, countered that the one being challenged traditionally had choice of weapons, and that Dusko was duty bound by his Yugoslav cavalry regiment to duel only with pistols. Laub appealed to the student honor court, which found a middle ground: Dusko was allowed a choice of weapons, but pistols had never been used in a university duel. The bout was canceled and Laub lived on. On June 9, 1937, Dusko turned in his dissertation-"The Vivovdan and the September Constitution of Yugoslavia"-and began wrapping up his doctoral studies. By late summer he had finished his exams and made preparations for a celebratory excursion to Paris. He had been to the French capital many times and loved all that the city offered: endless cafés, exquisite wines and cuisine, and-most importantly-adventurous popsies. A few days before leaving he gave a pro-democracy speech at the foreign-student club. He never made it to Paris. 2 " Exiting Feet First A day or so after the speech Dusko was awakened by pounding at his door. A team of Gestapo guards, looming in the hall like black-and-gray gargoyles, ordered him to get dressed and follow them to an awaiting car. He knew why. From the day he stepped onto the Freiburg campus in the fall of 1935, he had either ignored or ridiculed the Nazis. Birlinger café. Articles for the Politika. Speeches at the foreign-student club. Naively, he had assumed the social setting would allow free speech. He also believed that his status as a foreigner would exempt him from Kadavergehorsam-the zombie-like obedience Hitler demanded. Dusko despised Nazism, and since he wasn't German, he believed he owed no allegiance to Hitler or the state. He was wrong. By 1937 Hitler had been Reich chancellor for four years and had spread Nazi doctrine and terror across Germany with fanatical resolve. Heinrich Himmler, as de facto head of the Gestapo in 1934 and as Reichsführer-SS in 1936, had begun implementing many reforms: Jewish professors were fired from university posts, church leaders were forced to embrace National Socialism or lose their parishes, and Konzentrationslagers-concentration camps-were ordered to full development. Dusko Popov, a nonconformist foreigner, was another perfect target. As a Polish jurist later wrote, the Nazi scheme was a coordinated plan to pass laws "that attacked the political and social institutions of culture, language, national feelings, religion and the economic existence of national groups, and [that tended to] the destruction of personal security, liberty, health, dignity, and even the lives of individuals belonging to such groups." Virtually around the clock, Gestapo agents interrogated him. The first agent charged him with an unthinkable crime-dating a girl who worked in a factory. Surely this was proof that Popov was a Communist. Another agent followed. And another. Eight days. The Gestapo questioned everyone he knew-students, professors, merchants-and only von Kageneck and Jebsen defended him. Like Dusko, Freddy and Johnny had come from aristocratic backgrounds. The von Kagenecks were one of the oldest and most influential Catholic families in Germany; the Jebsens, one of the richest. Freddy's noble heritage could be traced back to the twelfth century, and Johnny's wealth, although invested largely in ships, was almost beyond measure. Johnny's family was originally from Denmark, and his grandfather, Michael Jebsen, Jr., had established a shipping company there in 1871. To open an Asia trade route, he moved his operations to Hamburg, and the eldest son, Johnny's uncle Jacob, cofounded Jebsen & Co. in 1895 in Hong Kong. It appears that the youngest son, Michael III, was Johnny's father and had continued the Hamburg business after Johnny's grandfather died in 1899. The date of Michael III's death is unknown, but by the time Johnny enrolled at Freiburg in 1935, both of his parents were dead. By then Johnny had inherited not only a sizeable part of the shipping empire, but other assets as well. Part of Jebsen's loyalty to Germany, he would later say, was because he owned so much of it. Excerpted from Into the Lion's Mouth: The True Story of Dusko Popov - World War II Spy, Patriot, and the Real-Life Inspiration for James Bond by Larry Loftis All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.</anon> </opt>

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Dusko Popov (1912-81) was an unlikely candidate to become one of the most successful spies of World War II. The son of a wealthy industrialist, Popov earned law degrees from the universities of Belgrade and Freiburg. Popov lived like a playboy: he gambled, lived well, and spent extravagantly on his numerous girlfriends. By 1940, he entered into German employ as a spy. Before beginning work for the Germans, Popov took this information to the British, and unofficially began working for them. Soon he was a double agent, in the employ of both the British and Germans. Author Loftis recounts the exploits of the model for Ian Fleming's James Bond character with great skill. He captures the stress, danger, and uncertainty Popov faced while trying to misdirect the Germans without making them suspicious and passing important information on to the British. A "Dramatis Personae" list at the start of the book helps readers keep the major players straight. VERDICT Loftis's account will have readers on the edge of their seats and immersed in this sometimes unbelievable tale. Recommended for World War II enthusiasts and those interested in real-life spy stories.-Chad E. Statler, Lakeland Comm. Coll., Kirtland, OH © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.