Nazi Spymaster

The Life and Death of Admiral Wilhelm Canaris

Introduction by Gerhard L. Weinberg

Admiral Wilhelm Canaris was the head of the Abwehr, Hitler's intelligence service, from 1935 to 1944. Initially a supporter of Hitler, Canaris came to vigorously oppose his policies and practices and worked secretly throughout the war to overthrow the regime. Near the end of the war, secret documents were discovered that implicated Canaris and hinted at the extent of the activities conducted by Canaris's Abwehr against the Hitler regime, and in 1945 Canaris was executed as a national traitor. But Canaris left little in the way of personal documents, and to this day he remains a figure shrouded in mystery.

Drawing on newly available archival materials, Mueller investigates the double life of this legendary and enigmatic figure in the first major biography of Canaris to be published in German.

"The little admiral who played such an ambiguous role in Hitler's Reich will always be an enigma. Michael Mueller, in this fine and shrewd biography, has come closer than any previous writer to unlocking the mystery, and has written an admirably fair–and grippingly readable–account of the life of one of WWII's key figures."—Nigel Jones, author of Hitler's Heralds: The Story of the Freikorps and Countdown to Valkyrie: The July Plot to Assassinate Hitler

"Mueller’s narrative informs, illuminates, and entertains."—US Naval War College Review

"Michael Mueller's Nazi Spymaster is the best documented and most reliable biography on one of Third Reich's most mysterious and controversial personalities. This is also one of those rare books that will engage general readers while satisfying specialists and scholars. Highly recommended." —Mark Riebling, author of Church of Spies: The Pope's Secret War Against Hitler

"The little admiral who played such an ambiguous role in Hitler's Reich will always be an enigma. Michael Mueller, in this fine and shrewd biography, has come closer than any previous writer to unlocking the mystery, and has written an admirably fair–and grippingly readable–account of the life of one of WWII's key figures."—Nigel Jones, author of Hitler's Heralds: The Story of the Freikorps and Countdown to Valkyrie: The July Plot to Assassinate Hitler