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Madame Fourcade's Secret War
Madame Fourcade's Secret War: The Daring Young Woman Who Led France's Largest Spy Network Against Hitler | Lynne Olson
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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 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 organizationthe only woman to serve as a chef de rsistance during the war. Strong-willed, independent, and a lifelong rebel against her countrys conservative, patriarchal society, Marie-Madeleine Fourcade was temperamentally made for the job. Her groups name was Alliance, but the Gestapo dubbed it Noahs Ark because its agents used the names of animals as their aliases. The name Marie-Madeleine chose for herself was Hedgehog: a tough little animal, unthreatening in appearance, that, as a colleague of hers put it, even a lion would hesitate to bite. No other French spy network lasted as long or supplied as much crucial intelligenceincluding 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-Dayas Alliance. The Gestapo pursued them relentlessly, capturing, torturing, and executing hundreds of its three thousand agents, including Fourcades own lover and many of her key spies. Although Fourcade, the mother of two young children, moved her headquarters every few weeks, constantly changing her hair color, clothing, and identity, she was captured twice by the Nazis. Both times she managed to escapeonce by slipping naked through the bars of her jail celland continued to hold her network together even as it repeatedly threatened to crumble around her. Now, 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, her fellow citizens, and herself. Advance praise for Madame Fourcades Secret War In Madame Fourcades Secret War, Lynne Olson tells one of the great stories of the French Resistance, a story of one womans courage amid great danger, a story of heroism, defiance, and, ultimately, victory.Alan Furst, author of A Hero of France
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Dcueto
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Back to reality, and back to reading!!! Happy New Year!!

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EmilieGR
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Lynn Olson‘s straightforward retelling of the leader of the French resistance during WWII is much needed and very late. Though without the fanfare or excitement of someone like Ben Macintyre, Olson relates the events of Fourcade‘s WWII experience clearly and cleanly, finally clueing the world into what really happened within the French Alliance. The youth and bravery of these agents was inspiring and unforgettable. I had trouble putting it down.

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Amie
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Fascinating.

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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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Adding to my unintentional Paris / France theme yesterday was this #gburgbookfest talk with author Lynne Olson and critic Bethanne Patrick. Olson just published the tagged book. It sounds absolutely fascinating and I already tracked it down in Scribd Sweet like a macaron!
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#gbf #bookfestival #authortalk #bookblog #bookblogger #madamefourcadessecretwar #lynneolson

tpixie Cool in many ways! I‘m just finishing up The Alice Network which is about women spies during World War I! It is a fantastic read! (edited) 9mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @tpixie Oooh. I have that one—great suggestion! 9mo
tpixie @BarbaraTheBibliophage so glad you got to go to this event!! Last year I went to #NatBookFest and it was amazing! 9mo
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BarbaraTheBibliophage @tpixie I‘d like to the #NatBookFest also. But I‘d stay in DC overnight rather than drive/Metro it all in one day. Not sure when, though. It always seems to be over Mr. B‘s birthday weekend. 9mo
tpixie Yes it‘s over Labor Day weekend. Someday I want to do the NYC #BookExpo & #BookCon I was hoping to this year, but a colleague at work left this Spring, so I‘m holding down the fort until a replacement comes in August! Can‘t go to NatBookFest this year - my daughter is due to have twins in October. I‘d hate if I were gone and they came really early! Oh well, it‘s always good to have wants!! 9mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @tpixie I‘d love to do those NYC book shows. But it‘s just SO expensive to stay up there. Maybe someday ..: 9mo
tpixie @BarbaraTheBibliophage yes - money 💰 is a sad deterrent! 9mo
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Lea
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This book is long and a bit intense. It reads like a spy novel. There‘s a lot of WW2 French spy history here, a lot of detail on various spies within Fourcade‘s network. I love learning about women history forgot/pushed aside/didn‘t include in the narrative. #readwomen #librarybook

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Skeebies05
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Book mail!!! The Madame Fourcade‘s Secret War is new. The Karin Slaughter I got on Friday and I would love to be reading that instead of working