George DuPre: Second World War counterfeit spy

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George DuPre 1903 – 1982

George DuPre
1903 – 1982

George DuPre earned his 15 minutes of fame with a remarkable, if dubious, achievement. He deceived millions – including a distinguished war correspondent and the editors of Reader’s Digest and Random House publishers – with a totally bogus account of his exploits as a secret agent during the Second World War.

“Charlatan,” “impostor,” “pathological liar,” — all of these terms apply to this charming spinner of tall tales who found in Canada a place where he could pass himself off as a war hero; a place where he could turn his back on the mundane reality of his actual, wartime experiences and concoct a fantastic fiction about working as a spy in occupied France…….

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