The gestapo pursued them relentlessly, torturing, capturing, and executing hundreds of its three thousand agents, including Fourcade’s own lover and many of her key spies. The name marie-madeleine chose for herself was Hedgehog: a tough little animal, that, as a colleague of hers put it, unthreatening in appearance, “even a lion would hesitate to bite.
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. France, slow to confront the stain of Vichy, would do well to finally honor a fighter most of us would want in our foxhole.
Madame Fourcade's Secret War: The Daring Young Woman Who Led France's Largest Spy Network Against Hitler #ad - The new york Times Book Review. 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.
A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War IIViking #ad - We must find and destroy her. The target in their sights was virginia hall, a Baltimore socialite who talked her way into Special Operations Executive, the spy organization dubbed Winston Churchill's "Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare. 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.
A new york times bestsellerchosen as a best book of the year by npr, the washington independent review of books, the spectator, and the Times of London“Excellent…This book is as riveting as any thriller, the Seattle Times, the New York Public Library, BookBrowse, 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.
A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II #ad - Nprthe perfect holiday gift for the world war ii history buff, the american spy who changed the course of World War II, from the author of ClementineIn 1942, a never-before-told story of Virginia Hall, the Gestapo sent out an urgent transmission: "She is the most dangerous of all Allied spies. She finally escaped through a death-defying hike over the Pyrenees into Spain, her cover blown.
But she plunged back in, and led a victorious guerilla campaign, adamant that she had more lives to save, liberating swathes of France from the Nazis after D-Day. Based on new and extensive research, sonia purnell has for the first time uncovered the full secret life of Virginia Hall--an astounding and inspiring story of heroism, resistance, spycraft, and personal triumph over shocking adversity.
Virginia established vast spy networks throughout France, called weapons and explosives down from the skies, and became a linchpin for the Resistance. A woman of no importance is the breathtaking story of how one woman's fierce persistence helped win the war.
Citizens of London: The Americans Who Stood with Britain in Its Darkest, Finest HourRandom House #ad - Murrow, the hard-driving millionaire who ran fdr’s lend-lease program in London; and John Gilbert Winant, the shy, the handsome, chain-smoking head of CBS News in Europe; Averell Harriman, idealistic U. S. Ambassador to Britain. Engaging and original, rich in anecdote and analysis, this is a terrific work of history.
Jon meacham, pulitzer prize–winning author of american lionthe acclaimed author of Troublesome Young Men reveals the behind-the-scenes story of how the United States forged its wartime alliance with Britain, told from the perspective of three key American players in London: Edward R. A triumph of research and storytelling, Citizens of London is history on an intimate level.
Walter isaacson, author of Einstein. Lynne olson brings us the wonderful saga of Harriman, Murrow, and Winant. Each man formed close ties with Winston Churchill—so much so that all became romantically involved with members of the prime minister’s family. Deeply human, and beautifully written, brilliantly researched, Citizens of London is a new triumph from an author swiftly becoming one of the finest in her field.
Citizens of London: The Americans Who Stood with Britain in Its Darkest, Finest Hour #ad - Praise for citizens of london“brilliantly bursting with beautiful prose, touched the precipice, hung on by their eyelids, Olson flutters our hearts by capturing the essence of the public and private lives of those who faced death, and saved the free world from destruction by the forces of evil. Bill gardner, rivalries and dramas—both personal and political—about the us-british aliance in the World War II years, New Hampshire Secretary of State “If you don't think there's any more to learn about the power struggles, this book will change your mind—and keep you turning the pages as well.
Jeff greenfield, senior political correspondent, CBS News “Three fascinating Americans living in London helped cement the World War II alliance between Roosevelt and Churchill.
Last Hope Island: Britain, Occupied Europe, and the Brotherhood That Helped Turn the Tide of WarRandom House #ad - . Olson tells a great story and has a fine eye for character. The boston Globe. A groundbreaking account of how britain became the base of operations for the exiled leaders of europe in their desperate struggle to reclaim their continent from Hitler, from the New York Times bestselling author of Citizens of London and Those Angry Days When the Nazi blitzkrieg rolled over continental Europe in the early days of World War II, the city of London became a refuge for the governments and armed forces of six occupied nations who escaped there to continue the fight.
. So, too, did general charles de Gaulle, the self-appointed representative of free France. As the only european democracy still holding out against Hitler, Britain became known to occupied countries as “Last Hope Island. Getting there, one young emigré declared, was “like getting to heaven. In this epic, character-driven narrative, acclaimed historian Lynne Olson takes us back to those perilous days when the British and their European guests joined forces to combat the mightiest military force in history.
. Last hope island also recounts some of the europeans’ heretofore unsung exploits that helped tilt the balance against the Axis: the crucial efforts of Polish pilots during the Battle of Britain; the vital role played by French and Polish code breakers in cracking the Germans’ reputedly indecipherable Enigma code; and the flood of top-secret intelligence about German operations—gathered by spies throughout occupied Europe—that helped ensure the success of the 1944 Allied invasion.
Last Hope Island: Britain, Occupied Europe, and the Brotherhood That Helped Turn the Tide of War #ad - A fascinating companion to citizens of london, olson’s bestselling chronicle of the Anglo-American alliance, Last Hope Island recalls with vivid humanity that brief moment in time when the peoples of Europe stood together in their effort to roll back the tide of conquest and restore order to a broken continent.
Praise for last hope island“in last hope island lynne Olson argues an arresting new thesis: that the people of occupied Europe and the expatriate leaders did far more for their own liberation than historians and the public alike recognize.
D-Day Girls: The Spies Who Armed the Resistance, Sabotaged the Nazis, and Helped Win World War IICrown #ad - Thoroughly researched and written as smoothly as a good thriller, this is a mesmerizing story of creativity, perseverance, and astonishing heroism. Publishers Weekly starred review. To “set europe ablaze, ” in the words of Winston Churchill, the Special Operations Executive SOE was forced to do something unprecedented: recruit women as spies.
Thirty-nine answered the call, leaving their lives and families to become saboteurs in France. National bestseller • the dramatic, untold true story of the extraordinary women recruited by Britain’s elite spy agency to help pave the way for Allied victory in World War II“Gripping. A thriller in the form of a non-fiction book.
D-Day Girls: The Spies Who Armed the Resistance, Sabotaged the Nazis, and Helped Win World War II #ad - Refinery29“equal parts espionage-romance thriller and historical narrative, D-Day Girls traces the lives and secret activities of the 39 women who answered the call to infiltrate France. In d-day girls, diaries, sarah rose draws on recently declassified files, and oral histories to tell the thrilling story of three of these remarkable women.
. Spies, romance, courage, blown-up trains, Gestapo thugs, and treachery lots of treachery—and all of it true.
Code Name: Lise: The True Story of the Woman Who Became WWII's Most Highly Decorated SpyGallery Books #ad - 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. All the while, hugo bleicher, they are being hunted by the cunning German secret police sergeant, who finally succeeds in capturing them. As they successfully complete mission after mission, Peter and Odette fall in love.
But in the face of despair, their love for each other, they never give up hope, or the whereabouts of their colleagues. 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. He seamlessly weaves together the touching romance between Odette and Peter and the thrilling cat and mouse game between them and Sergeant Bleicher.
Code Name: Lise: The True Story of the Woman Who Became WWII's Most Highly Decorated Spy #ad - Five failed attempts and one plane crash later, she finally lands in occupied France to begin her mission. In code name: lise, patriotism, larry Loftis paints a portrait of true courage, and love—of two incredibly heroic people who endured unimaginable horrors and degradations. It is here that she meets her commanding officer Captain Peter Churchill.
The year is 1942, and World War II is in full swing. National bestseller a goodreads choice awards semifinalist featured in the new york times, time, the atlantic, new York Newsday, 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.
The wall street journal from internationally bestselling author of the “gripping” michael connelly, #1 New York Times bestselling author Into the Lion’s Mouth comes the extraordinary true story of Odette Sansom, 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, The Nightingale, and Code Girls.
A Guest of the Reich: The Story of American Heiress Gertrude Legendre's Dramatic Captivity and Escape from Nazi GermanyPantheon #ad - When the japanese attacked pearl harbor, joined the OSS, Legendre, by then married and a mother of two, the wartime spy organization that preceded the CIA. A guest of the reich is a propulsive account of a little-known chapter in the history of World War II, as well as a fascinating portrait of an extraordinary woman.
In a guest of the reich, while on leave in liberated Paris, Peter Finn tells the gripping story of how in 1944, Legendre was captured by the Germans after accidentally crossing the front lines. Gertrude “gertie” legendre was a big-game hunter from a wealthy industrial family who lived a charmed life in Jazz Age America.
A Guest of the Reich: The Story of American Heiress Gertrude Legendre's Dramatic Captivity and Escape from Nazi Germany #ad - First in washington and then in London, some of the most closely-held United States government secrets passed through her hands. Subjected to repeated interrogations, including by the Gestapo, Legendre entered a daring game of lies with her captors. Her adventurous spirit made her the inspiration for the Broadway play Holiday, which became a film starring Katharine Hepburn.
The nazis treated her as a “special prisoner” of the SS and moved her from city to city throughout Germany, where she witnessed the collapse of Hitler’s Reich as no other American did. A washington post best book of the yearthe dramatic story of a South Carolina heiress who joined the OSS and became the first American woman in uniform taken prisoner on the Western front—until her escape from Nazi Germany.
After six months in captivity, Legendre escaped into Switzerland.
First: Sandra Day O'ConnorRandom House #ad - New york times bestseller • the intimate, inspiring, and authoritative biography of sandra day o’Connor, America’s first female Supreme Court justice, drawing on exclusive interviews and first-time access to Justice O’Connor’s archives—by the New York Times bestselling author Evan Thomas.
She’s a hero for our time, and this is the biography for our time. Walter isaacsonnamed one of the best books of the year by npr • the washington post She was born in 1930 in El Paso and grew up on a cattle ranch in Arizona. Poignant. This is a remarkably vivid and personal portrait of a woman who loved her family, who believed in serving her country, when she became the most powerful woman in America, and who, built a bridge forward for all women.
First: Sandra Day O'Connor #ad - Praise for First“Cinematic. She became the first ever female majority leader of a state senate. Thomas gives O’Connor the credit she deserves. The washington Post “A fascinating and revelatory biography.
Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern IrelandDoubleday #ad - In 2003, five years after an accord brought an uneasy peace to Northern Ireland, a set of human bones was discovered on a beach. 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, ten best books of the yearfrom award-winning new yorker staff writer Patrick Radden Keefe, Jean McConville, intricate narrative about a notorious killing in Northern Ireland and its devastating repercussionsIn December 1972, a stunning, a thirty-eight-year-old mother of ten, was dragged from her Belfast home by masked intruders, her children clinging to her legs.
Terrorists such as dolours price, who, was already planting bombs in London and targeting informers for execution, when she was barely out of her teens, to the ferocious I. R. A. Members embittered by a peace that fell far short of the goal of a united Ireland, and left them wondering whether the killings they committed were not justified acts of war, but simple murders.
Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland #ad - Her abduction was one of the most notorious episodes of the vicious conflict known as The Troubles. Everyone in the neighborhood knew the I. R. A. The brutal violence seared not only people like the McConville children, but also I.
The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold WarBroadway Books #ad - 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. 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.
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 culminating in the gripping cinematic beat-by-beat of Gordievsky's nail-biting escape from Moscow in 1985, and the Soviet Union, Britain, Ben Macintyre's latest may be his best yet.
The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War #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. 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. John le carrÉ if anyone could be considered a Russian counterpart to the infamous British double-agent Kim Philby, it was Oleg Gordievsky. For nearly a decade, exposing russian spies and helping to foil countless intelligence plots, Gordievsky helped the West turn the tables on the KGB, as the Cold War reached its twilight, 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.
A Good American Family: The Red Scare and My FatherSimon & Schuster #ad - In a sweeping drama that moves from the depression and spanish civil war to the HUAC hearings and end of the McCarthy era, Maraniss weaves his father’s story through the lives of his inquisitors and defenders as they struggle with the vital twentieth-century issues of race, fascism, communism, and first amendment freedoms.
One of npr’s best books of 2019 in a riveting book with powerful resonance today, pulitzer prize–winning author David Maraniss captures the pervasive fear and paranoia that gripped America during the Red Scare of the 1950s through the chilling yet affirming story of his family’s ordeal, from blacklisting to vindication.
A Good American Family: The Red Scare and My Father #ad - Elliott maraniss, called before the house un-american activities committee in 1952, was spied on by the FBI, fired from his newspaper job, named as a communist by an informant, a WWII veteran who had commanded an all-black company in the Pacific, David’s father, and blacklisted for five years. A good american family powerfully evokes the political dysfunctions of the 1950s while underscoring what it really means to be an American.
It is an unsparing yet moving tribute from a brilliant writer to his father and the family he protected in dangerous times. Yet he never lost faith in America and emerged on the other side with his family and optimism intact.