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A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II

de Sonia Purnell

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Biography & Autobiography. History. Women's Studies. Nonfiction. HTML:A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
Chosen as a BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR by NPR, the New York Public Library, Amazon, the Seattle Times, the Washington Independent Review of Books, PopSugar, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, BookBrowse, the Spectator, and the Times of London
Winner of the Plutarch Award for Best Biography

??Excellent?This book is as riveting as any thriller, 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." - NPR
"A meticiulous history that reads like a thriller." - Ben Macintyre

A never-before-told story of Virginia Hall, the American spy who changed the course of World War II, from the author of Clementine.
In 1942, the Gestapo sent out an urgent transmission: "She is the most dangerous of all Allied spies. 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.
Virginia established vast spy networks throughout France, called weapons and explosives down from the skies, and became a linchpin for the Resistance. Even as her face covered wanted posters and a bounty was placed on her head, Virginia refused order after order to evacuate. She finally escaped through a death-defying hike over the Pyrenees into Spain, her cover blown. But she plunged back in, adamant that she had more lives to save, and led a victorious guerilla campaign, 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, spycraft, resistance, and personal triumph over shocking adversity. A Woman of No Importance is the breathtaking story of how one woman's fierce persist
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Profiles the life of Virginia Hall, a socialite, who became the first Allied woman in WWII to be sent behind enemy lines. Despite her prosthetic leg, she helped establish spy networks throughout France, and even when her cover was blown, she refused orders to evacuate. Though she finally escaped France, she went back, saying that she had more lives to save.

This was an astounding story of Virginia Hall and the many amazing things she did during the war. She endured cold, lack of food and pain from her prosthetic leg but never stopped working to sabotage the Germans. She was extremely loyal to the other people who were working with her and risking their lives too. She planned a number of prison breaks for those people who had been captured and succeeded. I also learned a lot about France’s situation during the war which filled gaps in my knowledge. An excellent and fascinating true story. ( )
  gaylebutz | Feb 14, 2024 |
fascinating, well worth the read. ( )
  jdolan787 | Jan 22, 2024 |
Excellent book. Like all nonfiction it is hard to follow all the people because they do not engage in conversation and therefore they are just names on paper. Important book about what women can do and how they are blocked ( )
  shazjhb | Jan 7, 2024 |
Another beautiful book of women that made a difference in the history. Acknowledged or not, Virginia Hall was a courageous woman that despite her obstacles never gave up. It is a captivating story that I very much enjoyed. ( )
  simonamitac | Nov 27, 2023 |
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The Resistance was a way of life. ... We see ourselves there utterly free ... as unknown and unknowable version of ourselves, the kind of people no one can ever find again, who existed only in relation to unique and terrible conditions ... to ghosts, or to the dead ... [Yet] I would call that moment of my life "Happiness."
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The ideal subject of totalitarian rule is not the convicted Nazi or the convinced Communist, but people for whom the distinction between fact and fiction (i.e., the reality of experience) and the distinction between true and false (i.e., the standards of thought) no longer exist.
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It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls.
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[Prologue] France was falling.
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[Epilogue] Virginia did not receive the recognition she deserved during her CIA career, but toward the end of her life there were signs that her legacy was becoming better understood.
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Biography & Autobiography. History. Women's Studies. Nonfiction. HTML:A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
Chosen as a BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR by NPR, the New York Public Library, Amazon, the Seattle Times, the Washington Independent Review of Books, PopSugar, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, BookBrowse, the Spectator, and the Times of London
Winner of the Plutarch Award for Best Biography

??Excellent?This book is as riveting as any thriller, 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." - NPR
"A meticiulous history that reads like a thriller." - Ben Macintyre

A never-before-told story of Virginia Hall, the American spy who changed the course of World War II, from the author of Clementine.
In 1942, the Gestapo sent out an urgent transmission: "She is the most dangerous of all Allied spies. 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.
Virginia established vast spy networks throughout France, called weapons and explosives down from the skies, and became a linchpin for the Resistance. Even as her face covered wanted posters and a bounty was placed on her head, Virginia refused order after order to evacuate. She finally escaped through a death-defying hike over the Pyrenees into Spain, her cover blown. But she plunged back in, adamant that she had more lives to save, and led a victorious guerilla campaign, 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, spycraft, resistance, and personal triumph over shocking adversity. A Woman of No Importance is the breathtaking story of how one woman's fierce persist

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