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Lynne Olson
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Madame Fourcade's Secret War: The daring young woman who led France's largest spy network against Hitler

Lynne Olson


Scribe Publications

Biography: historical, political & military;
Second World War;
Espionage & secret services


480 pages

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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 Alliance, a vast Resistance organisation - the only woman to hold such a role. Brave, independent, and a lifelong rebel against her country's conservative, patriarchal society, Marie-Madeleine Fourcade was temperamentally made for the job.

No other French spy network lasted as long or supplied as much crucial intelligence as Alliance - and as a result, the Gestapo pursued its members relentlessly, capturing, torturing, and executing hundreds of its three thousand agents, including Fourcade's own lover and many of her key spies. Fourcade herself lived on the run and was captured twice by the Nazis. Both times she managed to escape.

Though so many of her agents died defending their country, Fourcade survived the occupation to become active in post-war French politics. Now, in a 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.

'If Lynne Olson had set out to write a novel, she could not have come up with a more fascinating character than Marie-Madeleine Fourcade, the glamorous young woman who led the largest French spy network in World War II. This is a case where fact is far more riveting than fiction. Olson chronicles Fourcade's extraordinary story with her customary eye for every revealing detail and every breathtakingly dangerous twist.' - Andrew Nagorski, author of Hitlerland, The Nazi Hunters, and The Year Germany Lost the War ' I ncredibly absorbing and long-overdue ... This masterfully told true story reads like fiction and will appeal to readers who devour WWII thrillers la Kristen Hannah's The Nightingale (2015).' STARRED REVIEW - Margaret Flanagan, Booklist 'A brilliant, cinematic biography of resistance leader Marie-Madeleine Fourcade ... Olson's weaving of Fourcade's diary artfully and liberally into her own writing and her heart-stopping descriptions of Paris, escapes, and internecine warring create a narrative that's as dramatic as a novel or a film. Olson honours Fourcade's fight for freedom and her 'refusal to be silenced' with a gripping narrative that will thrill WWII history buffs.' STARRED REVIEW - Publishers Weekly

By:   Lynne Olson
Imprint:   Scribe Publications
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 240mm,  Width: 164mm,  Spine: 39mm
Weight:   718g
ISBN:   9781925849301
ISBN 10:   1925849309
Pages:   480
Publication Date:   May 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Lynne Olson is the former White House correspondent for the Baltimore Sun. In addition to 2010?s Citizens of London, she is most recently the author of Those Angry Days- Roosevelt, Lindbergh, and America?s fight over WWII 1939-1941. She is also the author of Troublesome Young Men- the rebels who brought Churchill to power and helped save England and Freedom?s Daughters- the unsung heroines of the civil rights movement from 1830 to 1970, and is a co-author of two other books.

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