She became the first allied woman deployed behind enemy lines and--despite her prosthetic leg--helped to light the flame of the French Resistance, revolutionizing secret warfare as we know it. But she plunged back in, adamant that she had more lives to save, and led a victorious guerilla campaign, liberating swathes of France from the Nazis after D-Day.
A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II #ad - Based on new and extensive research, spycraft, Sonia Purnell has for the first time uncovered the full secret life of Virginia Hall--an astounding and inspiring story of heroism, resistance, and personal triumph over shocking adversity. A new york times bestsellerchosen as a best book of the year by npr, the spectator, and the times of london“excellent…this book is as riveting as any thriller, BookBrowse, the Seattle Times, the New York Public Library, the Washington Independent Review of Books, and as hard to put down.
The new york times book review"a compelling biography of a masterful spy, and a reminder of what can be done with a few brave people -- and a little resistance. Npra never-before-told story of virginia Hall, the American spy who changed the course of World War II, from the author of Clementine. In 1942, the gestapo sent out an urgent transmission: "She is the most dangerous of all Allied spies.
D-Day Girls: The Spies Who Armed the Resistance, Sabotaged the Nazis, and Helped Win World War IICrown #ad - Thirty-nine answered the call, leaving their lives and families to become saboteurs in France. There’s andrée borrel, a scrappy and streetwise parisian who blew up power lines with the gestapo hot on her heels; Odette Sansom, an unhappily married suburban mother who saw the SOE as her ticket out of domestic life and into a meaningful adventure; and Lise de Baissac, a fiercely independent member of French colonial high society and the SOE’s unflappable “queen.
Together, plotted prison breaks, they destroyed train lines, ambushed Nazis, and gathered crucial intelligence—laying the groundwork for the D-Day invasion that proved to be the turning point in the war. Rigorously researched and written with razor-sharp wit, D-Day Girls is an inspiring story for our own moment of resistance: a reminder of what courage—and the energy of politically animated women—can accomplish when the stakes seem incalculably high.
D-Day Girls: The Spies Who Armed the Resistance, Sabotaged the Nazis, and Helped Win World War II #ad - Praise for d-day Girls“Rigorously researched. National bestseller • the dramatic, untold history of the heroic women recruited by Britain’s elite spy agency to help pave the way for Allied victory in World War II“Gripping. In d-day girls, sarah rose draws on recently declassified files, diaries, and oral histories to tell the thrilling story of three of these remarkable women.
. While chronicling the james Bond-worthy missions and love affairs of these women, Rose vividly captures the broken landscape of war.
Code Name: Lise: The True Story of the Woman Who Became WWII's Most Highly Decorated SpyGallery Books #ad - He seamlessly weaves together the touching romance between Odette and Peter and the thrilling cat and mouse game between them and Sergeant Bleicher. It is here that she meets her commanding officer Captain Peter Churchill. With this amazing testament to the human spirit, Loftis proves once again that he is adept at writing “nonfiction that reads like a page-turning novel” Parade.
Five failed attempts and one plane crash later, she finally lands in occupied France to begin her mission. All the while, they are being hunted by the cunning German secret police sergeant, Hugo Bleicher, who finally succeeds in capturing them. In code name: lise, larry loftis paints a portrait of true courage, patriotism, and love—of two incredibly heroic people who endured unimaginable horrors and degradations.
The year is 1942, and World War II is in full swing. They are sent to paris’s fresnes prison, and from there to concentration camps in Germany where they are starved, beaten, and tortured. Odette sansom decides to follow in her war hero father’s footsteps by becoming an SOE agent to aid Britain and her beloved homeland, France.
But in the face of despair, their love for each other, they never give up hope, or the whereabouts of their colleagues. National bestseller a goodreads choice awards semifinalist featured in the new york times, new york newsday, the Atlantic, Time, and on Today! Best Nonfiction Books to Read in 2019—Woman’s Day The Best Nonfiction Books Coming Out This Year—BookBub “A nonfiction thriller.
Code Name: Lise: The True Story of the Woman Who Became WWII's Most Highly Decorated Spy #ad - The wall street journal from internationally bestselling author of the “gripping” michael connelly, The Nightingale, the British spy who operated in occupied France and fell in love with her commanding officer during World War II—perfect for fans of Unbroken, #1 New York Times bestselling author Into the Lion’s Mouth comes the extraordinary true story of Odette Sansom, and Code Girls.
Madame Fourcade's Secret War: The Daring Young Woman Who Led France's Largest Spy Network Against HitlerRandom House #ad - Her group’s name was alliance, but the Gestapo dubbed it Noah’s Ark because its agents used the names of animals as their aliases. Both times she managed to escape—once by slipping naked through the bars of her jail cell—and continued to hold her network together even as it repeatedly threatened to crumble around her.
Now, her fellow citizens, in this dramatic account of the war that split France in two and forced its people to live side by side with their hated German occupiers, Lynne Olson tells the fascinating story of a woman who stood up for her nation, and herself. Fast-paced and impressively researched . The name marie-madeleine chose for herself was Hedgehog: a tough little animal, unthreatening in appearance, as a colleague of hers put it, that, “even a lion would hesitate to bite.
Madame Fourcade's Secret War: The Daring Young Woman Who Led France's Largest Spy Network Against Hitler #ad - No other french spy network lasted as long or supplied as much crucial intelligence—including providing American and British military commanders with a 55-foot-long map of the beaches and roads on which the Allies would land on D-Day—as Alliance. Although fourcade, moved her headquarters every few weeks, constantly changing her hair color, the mother of two young children, and identity, clothing, she was captured twice by the Nazis.
. Olson writes with verve and a historian’s authority. New york times bestseller • the little-known true story of marie-madeleine fourcade, the woman who headed the largest spy network in occupied France during World War II, from the bestselling author of Citizens of London and Last Hope Island“Brava to Lynne Olson for a biography that should challenge any outdated assumptions about who deserves to be called a hero.
The washington post named one of the best books of the year by npr and the washington post in 1941 a thirty-one-year-old frenchwoman, a young mother born to privilege and known for her beauty and glamour, became the leader of a vast intelligence organization—the only woman to serve as a chef de résistance during the war.
The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold WarBroadway Books #ad - The son of two kgb agents and the product of the best Soviet institutions, the savvy, sophisticated Gordievsky grew to see his nation's communism as both criminal and philistine. He took his first posting for russian intelligence in 1968 and eventually became the Soviet Union's top man in London, but from 1973 on he was secretly working for MI6.
Their obsession ultimately doomed gordievsky: the CIA officer assigned to identify him was none other than Aldrich Ames, the man who would become infamous for secretly spying for the Soviets. Unfolding the delicious three-way gamesmanship between america, and the Soviet Union, Britain, and culminating in the gripping cinematic beat-by-beat of Gordievsky's nail-biting escape from Moscow in 1985, Ben Macintyre's latest may be his best yet.
The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War #ad - For nearly a decade, as the cold war reached its twilight, gordievsky helped the West turn the tables on the KGB, exposing Russian spies and helping to foil countless intelligence plots, as the Soviet leadership grew increasingly paranoid at the United States's nuclear first-strike capabilities and brought the world closer to the brink of war.
Like the greatest novels of john le carré, it brings readers deep into a world of treachery and betrayal, where the lines bleed between the personal and the professional, and one man's hatred of communism had the power to change the future of nations. Desperate to keep the circle of trust close, mi6 never revealed Gordievsky's name to its counterparts in the CIA, which in turn grew obsessed with figuring out the identity of Britain's obviously top-level source.
New york times bestseller • the celebrated author of double cross and rogue heroes returns with his greatest spy story yet, a thrilling Americans-era tale of Oleg Gordievsky, the Russian whose secret work helped hasten the end of the Cold War. The best true spy story I have ever read.
Spymistress: The True Story of the Greatest Female Secret Agent of World War IIArcade #ad - But vera atkins’s central role has been hidden until after she died; William Stevenson promised to wait and publish her story posthumously. Their job was to seamlessly penetrate deep behind the enemy lines. As general Dwight D. She was brilliant and had a will of iron. Born vera maria rosenberg in Bucharest, she became Vera Atkins.
The new york times bestseller by the author of a man called intrepidideal for fans of nancy wake, virginia hall, legendary spy and holder of the Legion of HonorWritten by William Stevenson, The Wolves at the Door by Judith Pearson, and similar worksShares the story of Vera Atkins, The Woman Who Smashed Codes, The Last Goodnight by Howard Blum, the only person whom she trusted to write her biographyShe was stunning.
When war was declared in 1939, her many skills made her one of the leaders of the Special Operations Executive SOE, and reporting to, a covert intelligence agency formed by, Winston Churchill. Now, vera atkins can be celebrated and known for the hero she was: the woman whose beauty, intelligence, and unwavering dedication proved key in turning the tide of World War II.
Spymistress: The True Story of the Greatest Female Secret Agent of World War II #ad - She was ruthless. Vera spent most of the 1930s running too many dangerous espionage missions to count. Eisenhower said, the fantastic exploits and extraordinary courage of the SOE agents and the French Resistance fighters “shortened the war by many months. They are celebrated, as they should be. She trained and recruited hundreds of agents, including dozens of women.
Clementine: The Life of Mrs. Winston ChurchillPenguin Books #ad - I was enthralled all the way through. Lynne olson, bestselling author of Citizens of London . Clementine is both the first real biography of this remarkable woman and a fascinating look inside their private world. Any real consideration of Winston Churchill is incomplete without an understanding of their relationship.
Sonia purnell has at long last given Clementine Churchill the biography she deserves. Late in life, winston churchill claimed that victory in the Second World War would have been “impossible” without the woman who stood by his side for fifty-seven turbulent years. Engrossing…the first formal biography of a woman who has heretofore been relegated to the sidelines.
The new york timesfrom the author of the new york times bestseller a Woman of No Importance, a long overdue tribute to the extraordinary woman who was Winston Churchill’s closest confidante, fiercest critic and shrewdest advisor that captures the intimate dynamic of one of history’s most fateful marriages.
You know, "winston confided to FDR, "I tell Clemmie everything. Through the ups and downs of his tumultuous career, in the tense days when he stood against Chamberlain and the many months when he helped inspire his fellow countrymen and women to keep strong and carry on, her health and, fatefully, Clementine made her husband’s career her mission, at the expense of her family, of her children.
Clementine: The Life of Mrs. Winston Churchill #ad - Why, a finalist for the plutarch prize, do we know so little about her? In this landmark biography, then, Sonia Purnell finally gives Clementine Churchill her due. Yet their marriage proved to be an exceptional partnership. Sensitive yet clear-eyed, clementine tells the fascinating story of a complex woman struggling to maintain her own identity while serving as the conscience and principal adviser to one of the most important figures in history.
A Woman of No ImportanceDigireads.com #ad - A woman of no importance" is both a criticism of the shameful double standard applied to men and women in such matters and a biting satire of the hypocrisy of the upper classes in Victorian Society. The woman of no importance is Mrs. A woman of no importance" is Oscar Wilde's classic comedic play. Arbuthnot, a woman who has been scorned by society for having an illicit affair and conceiving a child out of wedlock.
Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern IrelandAnchor #ad - Past--say nothing conjures a world of passion, vengeance, betrayal, and anguish. Mcconville's children knew it was their mother when they were told a blue safety pin was attached to the dress--with so many kids, she had always kept it handy for diapers or ripped clothes. Patrick radden keefe's mesmerizing book on the bitter conflict in Northern Ireland and its aftermath uses the McConville case as a starting point for the tale of a society wracked by a violent guerrilla war, a war whose consequences have never been reckoned with.
They never saw her again. Interviewing people on both sides of the conflict, he transforms the tragic damage and waste of the era into a searing, utterly gripping saga. New york times book review, intricate narrative about a notorious killing in northern ireland and its devastating repercussionsIn December 1972, a thirty-eight-year-old mother of ten, was dragged from her Belfast home by masked intruders, a stunning, Jean McConville, Ten Best Books of the YearFrom award-winning New Yorker staff writer Patrick Radden Keefe, her children clinging to her legs.
Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland #ad - One of the new york times 10 best books of the yearbest nonfiction book of the year - time magazineone of the best 10 books of the year - washington postnew york times bestsellernational book critics circle award finalistwinner of the orwell prizelonglisted for the national book award "masked intruders dragged Jean McConville, a 38-year-old widow and mother of 10, from her Belfast home in 1972.
Her abduction was one of the most notorious episodes of the vicious conflict known as The Troubles. The brutal violence seared not only people like the McConville children, but also I. R.
Ghost Soldiers: The Epic Account of World War II's Greatest Rescue MissionAnchor #ad - Harrowing, and inspiring, poignant, Ghost Soldiers is the mesmerizing story of a remarkable mission. Sides shows how the pows banded together to survive, defying the Japanese authorities even as they endured starvation, tropical diseases, and torture. It is also a testament to the human spirit, an account of enormous bravery and self-sacrifice amid the most trying conditions.
The greatest world war ii story never told” Esquire—an enthralling account of the heroic mission to rescue the last survivors of the Bataan Death March. On january 28, 1945, 121 hand-selected U. S. Troops slipped behind enemy lines in the Philippines. A recent prison massacre by japanese soldiers elsewhere in the Philippines made the stakes impossibly high and left little time to plan the complex operation.
Ghost Soldiers: The Epic Account of World War II's Greatest Rescue Mission #ad - In ghost soldiers hampton sides vividly re-creates this daring raid, offering a minute-by-minute narration that unfolds alongside intimate portraits of the prisoners and their lives in the camp. Their mission: march thirty rugged miles to rescue 513 POWs languishing in a hellish camp, among them the last survivors of the infamous Bataan Death March.
Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War IIHachette Books #ad - Army and navy from small towns and elite colleges, more than ten thousand women served as codebreakers during World War II. Their efforts shortened the war, saved countless lives, and gave them access to careers previously denied to them. A strict vow of secrecy nearly erased their efforts from history; now, through dazzling research and interviews with surviving code girls, bestselling author Liza Mundy brings to life this riveting and vital story of American courage, service, and scientific accomplishment.
The award-winning new york times bestseller about the american women who secretly served as codebreakers during World War II--a "prodigiously researched and engrossing" New York Times book that "shines a light on a hidden chapter of American history" Denver Post. Recruited by the U. S. While their brothers and boyfriends took up arms, these women moved to Washington and learned the meticulous work of code-breaking.