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Spymistress by William Stevenson

Title Spymistress
Author William Stevenson
Publisher Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
Release Date 2011-11-01
Category History
Total Pages 384
ISBN 9781611452310
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Here is the extraordinary account of the woman whose intelligence, beauty and unflagging dedication proved the key in turning the tide of WWII.

The Spymistress by Jennifer Chiaverini

Title The Spymistress
Author Jennifer Chiaverini
Publisher Plume
Release Date 2014-03-25
Category Fiction
Total Pages 354
ISBN 9780142180884
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Pledging her loyalty to the North at the risk of her life when her native Virginia secedes, Quaker-educated aristocrat Elizabeth Van Lew uses her innate skills for gathering military intelligence to help construct the Richmond underground and orchestrate escapes from the infamous Confederate Libby Prison. By the best-selling author of Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker.

Spymistress by Roger A. Meyers

Title Spymistress
Author Roger A. Meyers
Publisher CreateSpace
Release Date 2014-01-25
Category Drama
Total Pages 122
ISBN 1494994860
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Spymistress is the first book in the multi book action packed series covering the life of strikingly beautiful Lori Nichols, Americas first CIA operative who is both female and black. While on a lunch break, Lori who functions as a low-level secretary with access to Top Secret information at Seattle's CIA Covert Operations Office, is unexpectedly kidnapped by Abba, a world wide organization that specializes in supplying arms to terrorists. Come travel with Lori, as she escapes and is repeated again recaptured again and again by Abba's far reaching and awe inpiring network or criminals and killers. As the twists and turns of this action packed story unfold. Lori gets help from a wide variety of friends, all of which live completely different lifestyles than our unconfident small office secretary. Their's her neighbor Art, a retired Army Defense Specialist who's constantly tinkering with electronics. Bruce, a carefree guy who moves through jobs and schemes with the same gusto he uses to empty beer cans. And Buddy, a tall well built black man that Lori feels immediately attracted to. Enjoy this high powered adventure thriller as you travel with Lori for a two week period of her life that's jam packed with action, adventure, repeated life threatening situations, fluke chances to escape, fear and tensions, as she faces certain death under consistant and relentless pursuit by arms dealers of Abba. Join in the feelings Lori experiences as she morphs from a frightened small office secretary into a professional chandestine operative woman, with a purpose in life, quick reflexes, and a confidence that changes both the course of her life and career.

Spymistress by Summary Station

Title Spymistress
Author Summary Station
Publisher CreateSpace
Release Date 2014-12-15
Category
Total Pages 62
ISBN 1505475007
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Learn About The British Woman Who built One Of The World's Greatest Spy Networks During World War II In A Fraction Of The Time It Takes To Read The Actual Book!!! Today only, get this 1# Amazon bestseller for just $2.99. Regularly priced at $9.99. Read on your PC, Mac, smart phone, tablet or Kindle device Once through the Preface and Introduction sections of Spymistress, chapter one details some of the history and beginnings which shaped the early life of Vera Atkins. Beginning with her birth in Romania and telling of her relationship with her father, Max Rosenberg. Rosenberg became somewhat of a mystery to the young Atkins as he remained faithful to his Jewish name at a time when he might have been much safer claiming his lawful German status. Due to Rosenberg's advice, "There is safety in conjecture," Atkins grew up learning to be a mass of conflictions. This served her well in later life by helping to confuse her enemies. Upon her relocation to Britain, Atkins followed another piece of her father's advice when he advised her not to sign any paperwork. She created her own identity and took her maternal grandfather's surname which he had already changed from Etkins due to anti-Semitism in Russia. Atkins along with her mother and two brothers were estranged from Rosenberg during the First World War, living in Germany, trapped there by the outbreak of war. They sought refuge with Rosenberg's brother, a German soldier, Once reunited, Rosenberg had the finest horsemen and marksmen teach his daughter to ride and shoot, the best dance teachers taught her to dance and she was sent to finishing schools in France and Switzerland in the hope she would adopt the upper class sophistications which would enable her to travel through any borders. In her teens, Atkins assisted her father in helping to get Zionists, disguised as peasants, past border guards. Over time, Atkins noticed that the guards cared little for the peasants as their attention focussed on the upper class Rosenberg. Here Is A Preview Of What You'll Learn When You Download Your Copy Today How Vera Atkins Set Up Her Network Of Information Why Vera Atkins Fought For England Even Though She Was Not Supported By Her Own Government Learn About The Women Who Are Responsible For Leading The Fight Against The Nazi's Download Your Copy Today! The contents of this book are easily worth over $9.99, but for a limited time you can download the summary of "Spymistress" for a special discounted price of only $2.99

The Spymistress by Jennifer Chiaverini

Title The Spymistress
Author Jennifer Chiaverini
Publisher Large Print Press
Release Date 2014-04-23
Category Fiction
Total Pages 621
ISBN 1594137234
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Pledging her loyalty to the North at the risk of her life when her native Virginia secedes, Quaker-educated aristocrat Elizabeth Van Lew uses her innate skills for gathering military intelligence to help construct the Richmond underground and orchestrate escapes from the infamous Confederate Libby Prison. (historical fiction).

A Life In Secrets by Sarah Helm

Title A Life in Secrets
Author Sarah Helm
Publisher Abacus
Release Date 2009-06-04
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 496
ISBN 9780748112302
Language English, Spanish, and French
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During World War Two the Special Operation Executive's French Section sent more than 400 agents into Occupied France -- at least 100 never returned and were reported 'Missing Believed Dead' after the war. Twelve of these were women who died in German concentration camps -- some were tortured, some were shot, and some died in the gas chambers. Vera Atkins had helped prepare these women for their missions, and when the war was over she went out to Germany to find out what happened to them and the other agents lost behind enemy lines. But while the woman who carried out this extraordinary mission appeared quintessentially English, she was nothing of the sort. Vera Atkins, who never married, covered her life in mystery so that even her closest family knew almost nothing of her past. In A LIFE IN SECRETS Sarah Helm has stripped away Vera's many veils and -- with unprecedented access to official and private papers, and the cooperation of Vera's relatives -- vividly reconstructed an extraordinary life.

A Man Called Intrepid by William Stevenson

Title A Man Called Intrepid
Author William Stevenson
Publisher Ballantine Books
Release Date 1980-06-12
Category World War, 1939-1945
Total Pages 16
ISBN 0345293525
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Stephenson, whose code name was Intrepid, tells how he established a worldwide intelligence network to combat Nazism.

Invisible Agents by Nadine Akkerman

Title Invisible Agents
Author Nadine Akkerman
Publisher Oxford University Press
Release Date 2018-06-28
Category History
Total Pages 240
ISBN 9780192555830
Language English, Spanish, and French
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It would be easy for the modern reader to conclude that women had no place in the world of early modern espionage, with a few seventeenth-century women spies identified and then relegated to the footnotes of history. If even the espionage carried out by Susan Hyde, sister of Edward Hyde, Earl of Clarendon, during the turbulent decades of civil strife in Britain can escape the historiographer's gaze, then how many more like her lurk in the archives? Nadine Akkerman's search for an answer to this question has led to the writing of Invisible Agents, the very first study to analyse the role of early modern women spies, demonstrating that the allegedly-male world of the spy was more than merely infiltrated by women. This compelling and ground-breaking contribution to the history of espionage details a series of case studies in which women — from playwright to postmistress, from lady-in-waiting to laundry woman — acted as spies, sourcing and passing on confidential information on account of political and religious convictions or to obtain money or power. The struggle of the She-Intelligencers to construct credibility in their own time is mirrored in their invisibility in modern historiography. Akkerman has immersed herself in archives, libraries, and private collections, transcribing hundreds of letters, breaking cipher codes and their keys, studying invisible inks, and interpreting riddles, acting as a modern-day Spymistress to unearth plots and conspiracies that have long remained hidden by history.

Code Name Pauline by Pearl Witherington Cornioley

Title Code Name Pauline
Author Pearl Witherington Cornioley
Publisher Chicago Review Press
Release Date 2013-08-01
Category Juvenile Nonfiction
Total Pages 208
ISBN 9781613744901
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Pearl Witherington Cornioley, one of the most celebrated female World War II resistance fighters, shares her remarkable story in this firsthand account of her experience as a special agent for the British Special Operations Executive (SOE). Told through a series of reminiscences—from a difficult childhood spent in the shadow of World War I and her family’s harrowing escape from France as the Germans approached in 1940 to her recruitment and training as a special agent and the logistics of parachuting into a remote rural area of occupied France and hiding in a wheat field from enemy fire—each chapter also includes helpful opening remarks to provide context and background on the SOE and the French Resistance. With an annotated list of key figures, an appendix of original unedited interview extracts—including Pearl’s fiancé Henri’s story—and fascinating photographs and documents from Pearl’s personal collection, this memoir will captivate World War II buffs of any age.

The Quiet Americans by Scott Anderson

Title The Quiet Americans
Author Scott Anderson
Publisher Signal
Release Date 2020-09-01
Category History
Total Pages 448
ISBN 9780771009150
Language English, Spanish, and French
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From the bestselling author of Lawrence in Arabia, a gripping history of the early years of the Cold War, the CIA's covert battles against communism, and the tragic consequences which still affect the world today At the end of World War II, the United States dominated the world militarily, economically, and in moral standing--seen as the victor over tyranny and a champion of freedom. But it was clear--to some--that the Soviet Union was already executing a plan to expand and foment revolution around the world. The American government's strategy in response relied on the secret efforts of a newly-formed CIA. The Quiet Americans chronicles the exploits of four spies--Michael Burke, a charming former football star fallen on hard times; Frank Wisner, the scion of a wealthy Southern family; Peter Sichel, a sophisticated German Jew who escaped the Nazis; and Edward Lansdale, a brilliant ad executive. The four ran covert operations across the globe, trying to outwit the ruthless KGB in Berlin, parachuting commandos into Eastern Europe, plotting coups, and directing wars against Communist insurgents in Asia. But time and again their efforts went awry, thwarted by a combination of stupidity and ideological rigidity at the highest levels of the government--and more profoundly, the decision to abandon American ideals. By the mid-1950s, the Soviet Union had a stranglehold on Eastern Europe, the U.S. had begun its disastrous intervention in Vietnam, and America, the beacon of democracy, was overthrowing democratically-elected governments and earning the hatred of much of the world. All of this culminated in an act of betrayal and cowardice that would lock the Cold War into place for decades to come. Anderson brings to the telling of this story all the narrative brio, deep research, skeptical eye, and lively prose that made Lawrence in Arabia a major international bestseller. The intertwined lives of these men began in a common purpose of defending freedom, but the ravages of the Cold War led them to different fates. Two would quit the CIA in despair, stricken by the moral compromises they had to make; one became the archetype of the duplicitous and destructive American spy; and one would be so heartbroken he would take his own life. The Quiet Americans is the story of these four men. It is also the story of how the United States, at the very pinnacle of its power, managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

The Wolves At The Door by Judith L. Pearson

Title The Wolves at the Door
Author Judith L. Pearson
Publisher Diversion Books
Release Date 2014-05-25
Category History
Total Pages 374
ISBN 9781626812925
Language English, Spanish, and French
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"Judith Pearson does a remarkable job of bringing one of America's greatest spies back to life. I highly recommend this story of derring-do and white knuckles suspense." —Patrick O'Donnell, Combat Historian and Author of Operatives, Spies, and Saboteurs The remarkable story of one of WWII’s greatest spies. Virginia Hall left her comfortable Baltimore roots in 1931 to follow a dream of becoming a Foreign Service Officer. After watching Hitler roll over Poland and France, she enlisted to work for the British Special Operations Executive (SOE), a secret espionage and sabotage organization. She was soon deployed to occupied France where, if captured, imprisonment and torture at the hands of the Gestapo was all but assured. Against such an ominous backdrop, Hall managed to locate drop zones for money and weapons, helped escaped POWs and downed Allied airmen flee to England, and secured safe houses for agents. And she did it all on one leg: Virginia Hall had lost her left leg before the war in a hunting accident. Soon, wanted posters appeared throughout France, offering a reward for her capture. By winter of 1942, Hall had to flee France via the only route possible: a hike on foot through the frozen Pyrénées Mountains into neutral Spain. Upon her return to England, the American espionage organization, the Office of Special Services, recruited her and sent her back to France disguised as an old peasant woman. While there, she was responsible for killing 150 German soldiers and capturing 500 others. Sabotaging communications and transportation links and directing resistance activities, her work helped change the course of the war. This is the true story of Virginia Hall. "Riveting..." —Publishers Weekly

90 Minutes At Entebbe by William Stevenson

Title 90 Minutes at Entebbe
Author William Stevenson
Publisher Simon and Schuster
Release Date 2015-01-06
Category History
Total Pages 240
ISBN 9781629148496
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The incredible story of an Israeli mission that rescued 103 hostages from a hijacked jetliner. On June 27, 1976, Air France Flight 139 was hijacked by terrorists and flown to Entebbe Airport in Uganda. In the following agonizing days, Israeli passengers were singled out and held hostage. A week later on July 4, one hundred Israeli commandos raced 2,500 miles from Israel to Entebbe, landed in the middle of the night, and in a heart-stopping mission that lasted ninety minutes, killed all guerillas and freed 103 hostages. In captivating detail, Stevenson provides a fast-paced hour-by-hour narration from the hijacking to the final ninety-minute mission. In addition to discussing the incredible rescue itself, Stevenson also covers the political backdrop behind the hijacking, especially Ugandan President Idi Amin’s support for the hijackers, which marked one of the first times a leader of a nation had backed terrorist activities. An illustration of one nation’s undying spirit, heroism, and commitment to its people in the face of threat, Operation Thunderbolt has become a legendary antiterrorist tale. Although first written in 1976 (and published within weeks of the event), Stevenson’s account presents this act of terrorism in a way that is still relevant in our modern-day political climate. A factual account of what could easily be read as sensational fiction, 90 Minutes at Entebbe will inspire, encourage, and instill hope in all readers. Skyhorse Publishing, as well as our Arcade imprint, are proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in history--books about World War II, the Third Reich, Hitler and his henchmen, the JFK assassination, conspiracies, the American Civil War, the American Revolution, gladiators, Vikings, ancient Rome, medieval times, the old West, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.

The Bormann Brotherhood by William Stevenson

Title The Bormann Brotherhood
Author William Stevenson
Publisher Simon and Schuster
Release Date 2019-05-07
Category History
Total Pages 456
ISBN 9781510729193
Language English, Spanish, and French
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While the flames of World War II still raged, Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin issued a warning to the Nazi leaders. Those responsible for the torture and murder of millions of innocent and defenseless civilians were promised that "... the three Allied Powers will pursue them to the furthest corners of the earth and deliver them to their judges so that justice may be done." That promise was not kept. Justice was not done. In 1945, twelve of the most notorious Nazis were tried for crimes against humanity and sentenced to death by the International Military Tribunal convened at Nuremberg. (Martin Bormann, his whereabouts unknown, had been tried and convicted in absentia.) Subsequent war-crimes trials ended in the conviction of other offenders. But the majority of the torturers and murderers escaped, found sanctuary, and continued to work effectively toward the concept of eventual world domination. Nazism did not die at Nuremberg. This survival and resurgence was the result of a plan for the creation of a "brotherhood" initiated long before the end of the war by the least visible and most powerful of the Nazi war lords--Martin Bormann. The Brotherhood, backed by virtually unlimited funds, established "safe" houses inside Germany, escape routes to other countries and continents, and an extensive international group of industrial firms as financial reservoirs and as "fronts" for escaped Nazis. This chronicle, based upon independent investigation, including numerous exclusive interviews and the examination of declassified and revealing documents, casts a new light upon Bormann, his strange role in the Third Reich, and his devastating influence, which cuts mercilessly into our present. This is essential reading, as fascinating as it is meaningful.

The Lost Sisterhood by Anne Fortier

Title The Lost Sisterhood
Author Anne Fortier
Publisher Harper Collins
Release Date 2014-03-11
Category Fiction
Total Pages 608
ISBN 9781443412483
Language English, Spanish, and French
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From the author of the New York Times bestseller Juliet comes a mesmerizing novel about a young scholar who risks her reputation--and her life--on a thrilling journey to prove that the legendary warrior women known as the Amazons actually existed. Oxford lecturer Diana Morgan is an expert on Greek mythology. Her obsession with the Amazons started in childhood when her eccentric grandmother claimed to be one herself--before vanishing without a trace. Diana’s colleagues shake their heads at her Amazon fixation. But then a mysterious, well-financed foundation makes Diana an offer she cannot refuse. Traveling to North Africa, Diana teams up with Nick Barran, an enigmatic Middle Eastern guide, and begins deciphering an unusual inscription on the wall of a recently unearthed temple. There she discovers the name of the first Amazon queen, Myrina, who crossed the Mediterranean in a heroic attempt to liberate her kidnapped sisters from Greek pirates, only to become embroiled in the most famous conflict of the ancient world--the Trojan War. Taking their cue from the inscription, Diana and Nick set out to find the fabled treasure that Myrina and her Amazon sisters salvaged from the embattled city of Troy so long ago. Diana doesn’t know the nature of the treasure, but she does know that someone is shadowing her, and that Nick has a sinister agenda of his own. Unsure of whom to trust, Diana finds herself on a daring and dangerous quest for truth that will forever change her world. Sweeping from England to North Africa to Greece and the ruins of ancient Troy, and navigating between present and past, The Lost Sisterhood is a breathtaking, passionate adventure of two women on parallel journeys, separated by time, who must fight to keep the lives and legacy of the Amazons from being lost forever.

Mrs Lincoln S Rival by Jennifer Chiaverini

Title Mrs Lincoln s Rival
Author Jennifer Chiaverini
Publisher Penguin
Release Date 2014-01-14
Category Fiction
Total Pages 432
ISBN 9780698148475
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The New York Times bestselling author of Mrs. Lincoln's Sisters and Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker reveals Mary Todd Lincoln’s very public social and political contest with Kate Chase Sprague in this astute and lively novel of the politics of state—set against the backdrop of Civil War Era Washington. Beautiful, intelligent, regal, and entrancing, young Kate Chase Sprague stepped into the role of establishing her thrice-widowed father, Salmon P. Chase, in Washington society as a Lincoln cabinet member and as a future presidential candidate. For her efforts, The Washington Star declared her “the most brilliant woman of her day. None outshone her.” None, that is, but Mary Todd Lincoln. Though Mrs. Lincoln and her young rival held much in common—political acumen, love of country, and a resolute determination to help the men they loved achieve greatness—they could never be friends, for the success of one could come only at the expense of the other...

The Spymistress Gambit by Rhea Corvos

Title The Spymistress Gambit
Author Rhea Corvos
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2019-09-30
Category
Total Pages 138
ISBN 1696464153
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Follow the adventures of Nicole King, hypno-spy and international woman of mystery, as she seduces her way to the pinnacle of the criminal underworld! Using her skills as a hypnotist, Nicole delves deep to discover the identity of the sensual dominatrix known only as The Spymistress. But is Nicole strong enough to resist this beautiful mystery woman? Does she even want to? And what about the alluring CIA agent who seems to know something that Nicole doesn't? Sensual and submissive, exciting and yet oh so sleepy, Nicole will fall ever deeper...deeper...deeper into a conspiracy that will compromise everything Nicole thought she knew!

Intrepid S Last Case by William Stevenson

Title Intrepid s Last Case
Author William Stevenson
Publisher Skyhorse
Release Date 2017-10-10
Category History
Total Pages 352
ISBN 1510729151
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Intrepid's Last Case chronicles the post-World War II activities of Sir William Stephenson, whose fascinating role in helping to defeat the Nazis was the subject of the worldwide bestseller A Man Called Intrepid. Sir William Stephenson (Intrepid) still stood at the center of events when he and author William Stevenson discussed in the 1980s an investigation into sudden allegations that Intrepid's wartime aide, Dick Ellis, had been both a Soviet mole and a Nazi spy. They concluded that the rumors grew, ironically, from Intrepid's last wartime case involving the first major Soviet intelligence defector of the new atomic age: Igor Gouzenko. Intrepid saved Gouzenko and found him sanctuary inside a Canadian spy school. Gouzenko was about to make more devastating disclosures than those concerning atomic espionage when the case was mysteriously terminated and Intrepid's organization dissolved. Unraveling the implications of Gouzenko's defection and Intrepid's removal from the case, tracing the steps of Dick Ellis and disclosing much new information regarding United States and Canadian postwar intelligence activities, Intrepid's Last Case is a story that for sheer excitement rivals the best spy fiction--and is all the more important because every word is true. Filled with never-before-revealed facts on the Soviet/Western nuclear war dance and a compelling portrayal of the mind of a professional spy, Intrepid's Last Case picks up where the first book ended, at the very roots of the cold war. It describes one of the most widespread cover-ups and bizarre betrayals in intelligence history. This is the incredible Intrepid against the KGB.

Mrs Lincoln S Dressmaker by Jennifer Chiaverini

Title Mrs Lincoln s Dressmaker
Author Jennifer Chiaverini
Publisher Penguin
Release Date 2013-01-15
Category Fiction
Total Pages 384
ISBN 9781101609644
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The New York Times bestselling author of Mrs. Lincoln's Sisters unveils the private lives of President Abraham Lincoln and his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln, through the eyes of the First Lady’s most trusted confidante and friend in this compelling historical novel. In a life that spanned nearly a century and witnessed some of the most momentous events in American history, Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley was born a slave. A gifted seamstress, she earned her freedom by the skill of her needle, and won the friendship of First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln by her devotion. A sweeping historical novel, Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker illuminates the extraordinary relationship the two women shared, beginning in the hallowed halls of the White House during the trials of the Civil War and enduring almost, but not quite, to the end of Mrs. Lincoln’s days.

Mission France by Kate Vigurs

Title Mission France
Author Kate Vigurs
Publisher Yale University Press
Release Date 2021-05-18
Category History
Total Pages 352
ISBN 9780300258844
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The full story of the thirty-nine female SOE agents who went undercover in France Formed in 1940, Special Operations Executive was to coordinate Resistance work overseas. The organization’s F section sent more than four hundred agents into France, thirty-nine of whom were women. But while some are widely known—Violette Szabo, Odette Sansom, Noor Inayat Khan—others have had their stories largely overlooked. Kate Vigurs interweaves for the first time the stories of all thirty-nine female agents. Tracing their journeys from early recruitment to work undertaken in the field, to evasion from, or capture by, the Gestapo, Vigurs shows just how greatly missions varied. Some agents were more adept at parachuting. Some agents’ missions lasted for years, others’ less than a few hours. Some survived, others were murdered. By placing the women in the context of their work with the SOE and the wider war, this history reveals the true extent of the differences in their abilities and attitudes while underlining how they nonetheless shared a common mission and, ultimately, deserve recognition.

A Life In Secrets by Sarah Helm

Title A Life in Secrets
Author Sarah Helm
Publisher Abacus (UK)
Release Date 2006
Category Intelligence officers
Total Pages 463
ISBN 0349119368
Language English, Spanish, and French
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During World War Two the Special Operation Executive's French Section sent more than 400 agents into Occupied France -- at least 100 never returned and were reported 'Missing Believed Dead' after the war. Twelve of these were women who died in German concentration camps -- some were tortured, some were shot, and some died in the gas chambers. Vera Atkins had helped prepare these women for their missions, and when the war was over she went out to Germany to find out what happened to them and the other agents lost behind enemy lines. But while the woman who carried out this extraordinary mission appeared quintessentially English, she was nothing of the sort. Vera Atkins, who never married, covered her life in mystery so that even her closest family knew almost nothing of her past. In A LIFE IN SECRETS Sarah Helm has stripped away Vera's many veils and -- with unprecedented access to official and private papers, and the cooperation of Vera's relatives -- vividly reconstructed an extraordinary life.