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This is the untold story of Klaus Barbie's life as the "Butcher of Lyon", spy & unrepentant war criminal in Europe and South America.
This is the untold story of Klaus Barbie's life as the "Butcher of Lyon", spy & unrepentant war criminal in Europe and South America.
104 backers pledged $17,650 to help bring this project to life.

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E-Book version of book now available


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We welcome reviews of the book!

Dear friends, 

By now you should have received a copy of the book.  We hope you enjoy it and really appreciate it if you can review the book on Amazon once you have read it.  This will really help us out.

As soon as the e-book version is out we will let all of you know.

Please also share information about this book with your friends.  

We appreciate any feedback. 


Peter and Fadrique 

Devil's Agent book shipped and for sale!

Dear friends

We wanted to let you know that this week we shipped the books to all the backers who contributed 50 USD or more to the Kickstarter-Devil's Agent campaign.  The book ended up having 624 pages and dozens of photos and documents. Additional orders can be made through Xlibris or for bulk orders through Peter’s sister Lisa Polgar who is helping with the shipping while he is in working Egypt. (he is fine despite the serious political unrest taking place there).

The e-book version should be available this month by our publisher Xlibris. As soon as it we will provide the download information to our other backers.  There are 10 of our backers who have not given us their mailing address so please send it as soon as possible to and We can either provide a hard cover copy or e-book.  The hard and soft cover versions of the book are available at Xlibris, Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

We would also very much appreciate your support in promoting the book, writing reviews that can be posted on the web site of the book, Amazon, etc.The web site will be up and running next week.

Fadrique is working on the Spanish version of the book which we hope to have out in the following weeks.

We very much appreciate the support given by family, friends and people we did not know who believed in the project and made the realization of this book possible.We are also grateful to Kickstarter for providing the platform for launching the campaign.

Following is the press release about the book that we are sending to media outlets and journalists. Please feel free to share this with friends in the media or anybody who is interested in the subject or ordering a book.

Best wishes, Peter and Fadrique


Kickstarter Campaign Funds Startling Portrait of Nazi and U.S. Spy Klaus Barbie

New book brings to light the life and crimes of the Nazi officer who continued to operate as a public figure even after the World War II.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – (Release Date TBD) – A campaign supported by the crowd sourcing platform Kickstarter financed the edition of The Devil’s Agent: Life, Times and Crimes of Nazi Klaus Barbie.It is indicative of the innovative ways books and other creative media are being financed and made available to the public through crowd funding.

The Devil’s Agent, a new book by Peter McFarren and Fadrique Iglesias, reveals a startling inner and outer portrait of this horrific political figure using previously unpublished letters written from Barbie’s cell in Lyon, France, documents released since the removal of the Berlin Wall confirming his work as a U.S. and West German spy and over a hundred photographs of his family, business associates and Nazi friends.

In the 1940s, Klaus Barbie was a mid-level Nazi officer who tortured and murdered his victims with sadistic pleasure. The unrepentant war criminal was the most important Nazi to continue operating as a public figure even after World War II.

The Devil’s Agent details Barbie’s family history, the role he played as a Gestapo officer in German-occupied France, his responsibility for the murders of more than 14,000 Jews and French Resistance fighters during the Holocaust, his work as a spy for U.S. military intelligence from 1947 to 1951, his flight from Europe after the war (facilitated by the U.S. Government, the Vatican and the International Red Cross) and his settlement in Bolivia, with his wife, Regine, and two children. It describes McFarren’s encounters with Klaus Barbie in 1981, when he and his colleague Maribel Schumacher were arrested in front of the Nazi’s Bolivian home for attempting to interview him for a New York Times story.

Barbie came to symbolize greed, inhumanity, hatred, abuse of power and collective and personal evil during the half century he operated in Europe and Latin America.His most sadistic and monstrous acts were committed during World War II, but it was in Bolivia that Barbie established a reputation as a cunning, ruthless and violent operative who acted without scruples or a moral compass. He trafficked in tanks and weapons and supported the hunt for the Argentine-Cuban guerrilla leader “Che” Guevara.He collaborated with cocaine trafficking kingpin Roberto Suárez Gómez, authoritarian right-wing military governments and a network of former Nazis, paramilitaries and mercenaries from Europe and South America to overthrow a Bolivian civilian government in 1980 – while enjoying the political protection of every dictator he served.

Delving more deeply into the complex persona of Nazi officer Barbie, how he embodies personal and collective evil, and the twisted underworld he helped build than any previous account, The Devil’s Agent is both an eye-opening study and a brutal reminder of the horrors of the Holocaust and the criminal mindset behind it that continues to plague the world today.

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About the Authors

Peter McFarren is a Bolivian-American journalist, photographer, filmmaker, and social entrepreneur who has written about Klaus Barbie since 1980 and worked on several documentaries and many books about him. He currently lives in Cairo, Egypt.

Fadrique Iglesias is a Bolivian columnist and writer specializing in cultural and arts management. He currently works as an expert on international development and culture in Washington, DC, and lives in Virginia, USA.

The Devil's Agent * by Peter McFarren and Fadrique Iglesias

Life, Times and Crimes of Nazi Klaus Barbie

Publication Date:

Trade Paperback; $XX.xx; # pages; 978-1-4836-3642-9

Trade Hardback; $XX.xx; # pages; 978-1-4836-3643-6

eBook; $XX.xx; ISBN

Members of the media who wish to review this book may request a complimentary paperback copy by contacting the publisher at (888) 795-4274 x. 7879. To purchase copies of the book for resale, please fax Xlibris at (812) 355-4079 or call (888) 795-4274 x. 7879.

For more information on self-publishing or marketing with Xlibris, visit receive a free publishing guide, please call (888) 795-4274.

The Devil's Agent is out!!!

Dear friends:

We wanted to let you know that we were notified today that the English version of the book is now in print through our publisher Xlibris!  Following are the links for viewing and ordering any additional copies you or your friends may want.   We are still working on the Spanish version and will have it out in a few weeks.Your suport in getting the word out on the book is greatly appreciated.

Please send to your current addresses for sending the books  that are owed to you. We will also send an updated list of photographs that are available for our backers- only a few ordered prints so we hope all of you who have a photo print coming will send their information and choice.

This project would not have been possible without your generous support, and that of Kickstarter that believed- as all of you did- in the project.

Look forward to hearing from you at your earliest convenience and getting the book to you. 

With best regards, Peter and Fadrique

Dear Peter,

 Hi! The print versions of the book are  now available for sale on the Xlibris bookstore website. Please see links below:

Availability of the book on major online resellers like and will be in the next 60 to 90 days. As for the ebook version, please expect it to be available in the next 4 to 6 weeks.


Richard Dunn

Author Services  Representative

Xlibris Corporation

Update on the Klaus Barbie book!


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