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Code Name Madeleine

A Sufi Spy in Nazi-Occupied Paris

Arthur J. Magida



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09 June 2020
During the critical summer months of 1943, Noor Inayat Khan was the only wireless operator transmitting secret messages from Nazi-occupied France to the Special Operations Executive in England. She was a most unlikely spy. As the daughter of an Indian mystic, raised in a household devoted to peaceful reflection on the outskirts of Paris, Khan did not seem destined for wartime heroism. Yet, faced with the evils of Nazism, she could not look away. She volunteered to help the British; was trained in espionage, sabotage, and reconnaissance; and returned to France under cover of night with a new identity and a code name: Madeleine.

Khan transmitted countless details crucial to the Allies' success on D-Day, until she was captured and imprisoned by the Gestapo. She attempted two daring escapes before being sent to prison in Germany. Three months after the Allied invasion of France, she was executed at Dachau. Her last word was libertA (c).
By:   Arthur J. Magida
Imprint:   Norton
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 236mm,  Width: 160mm,  Spine: 28mm
Weight:   523g
ISBN:   9780393635188
ISBN 10:   039363518X
Pages:   336
Publication Date:   09 June 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Arthur J. Magida is an award-winning journalist and the author of Code Name Madeleine, The Nazi Seance, and The Rabbi and the Hit Man. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

Reviews for Code Name Madeleine: A Sufi Spy in Nazi-Occupied Paris

Noor Inayat Khan is a woman for our age: a true heroine who faced down evil when she saw it and sacrificed her life for the cause of freedom. Arthur Magida's biography is both a thrilling spy story and a moving portrait of her courage.--Amanda Foreman, author of A World on Fire An intimate and compelling portrait of the most extraordinary undercover agent of World War Two. Noor Inayat Khan's story is one of courage, heroism and tragedy: Magida's fascinating biography delves deep into the life of this devout Sufi woman whose moral imperative was to fight fascism at all costs - even if that meant putting herself in mortal danger.--Giles Milton, author of Soldier, Sailor, Frogman, Spy Thanks to the dexterous work of Arthur Magida, Noor Inayat Khan finally takes her rightful place in world history. Free-spirited, glamorous, devout - embodying a life of mysticism and the arts - the only Indian woman spy fighting fascism in the golden age of Euro-American spying.--Ruby Lal, author of Empress: The Astonishing Reign of Nur Jahan Code Name Madeleine is one of the finest and most affecting true stories of espionage I have read - an engrossing tale of an amazing woman and her immense courage in the face of evil.--Alex Kershaw, author of Avenue of Spies

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