About the Book

A Spy at the Heart of the Third Reich

A Spy at the Heart of the Third Reich

The Extraordinary Story of Fritz Kolbe, America’s Most Important Spy in World War II
January 2006
Trade Paperback · 320 Pages
$15.95 U.S. · €11.99 E.U.
ISBN 9780802142313
Grove Press


Recommended for These Courses


In 1943 a young official from the German foreign ministry contacted Allen Dulles, an OSS officer in Switzerland who would later head the Central Intelligence Agency. That man was Fritz Kolbe, who had decided to betray his country after years of opposing Nazism. While Dulles was skeptical, Kolbe's information was such that he eventually admitted, "No single diplomat abroad, of whatever rank, could have got his hands on so much information as did this man; he was one of my most valuable agents during World War II." Using recently declassified materials at the U.S. National Archives and Kolbe's personal papers, Lucas Delattre has produced a work of remarkable scholarship that moves with the swift pace of a Le Carré thriller.

About the Authors

Lucas Delattre was born in 1965 in Paris. Educated at the Ecole Normale Supérieure, Lucas Delattre was a journalist for the French newspaper Le Monde, during which time he was a correspondent in Germany from 1989 to 1997. Later, he served as assistant editor-in-chief at Le Monde des Débats. This is his first book to be translated into English. He lives in Paris.