The baseball player who spied for the OSS in World War II

Werner Heisenberg led the Nazi atomic bomb project. Moe Berg was sent to assassinate him.

The Catcher Was a Spy: The Mysterious Life of Moe Berg by Nicholas Dawidoff (1994) 437 pages @@@@ (4 out of 5)

A life story in four stages

Early life as the son of immigrants

19-year baseball career

“The brainiest man in baseball”

“A life of abiding strangeness”

Familiarity with at least 16 languages

War work for the OSS

His most famous exploit was a bust

Befriending prominent German, Swiss, and French scientists

Life after World War II

What might a psychiatrist say about this man’s life?

About the author

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Mal Warwick

Mal Warwick

Author, book reviewer, serial entrepreneur, board member