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"The never-before-told story of one woman's heroism that changed the course of the Second World War In 1942, the Gestapo sent out an urgent transmission: "She is the most dangerous of all Allied spies. We must find and destroy her." This spy was Virginia Hall, a young American woman--rejected from the foreign service because of her gender and her prosthetic leg--who talked her way into the spy organization dubbed Churchill's "ministry of ungentlemanly warfare," and, before the United States had even entered the war, became the first woman to deploy to occupied France. Virginia Hall was one of the greatest spies in American history, yet her story remains untold. Just as she did in Clementine, Sonia Purnell uncovers the captivating story of a powerful, influential, yet shockingly overlooked heroine of the Second World War. At a time when sending female secret agents into enemy territory was still strictly forbidden, Virginia Hall came to be known as the "Madonna of the Resistance," coordinating a network of spies to blow up bridges, report on German troop movements, arrange equipment drops for Resistance agents, and recruit and train guerilla fighters. Even as her face covered WANTED posters throughout Europe, Virginia refused order after order to evacuate. She finally escaped with her life in a grueling hike over the Pyrenees into Spain, her cover blown, and her associates all imprisoned or executed. But, adamant that she had "more lives to save," she dove back in as soon as she could, organizing forces to sabotage enemy lines and back up Allied forces landing on Normandy beaches. Told with Purnell's signature insight and novelistic panache, A Woman of No Importance is the breathtaking story of how one woman's fierce persistence helped win the war"--… (més)
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Títol:A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II
Autors:Sonia Purnell (Autor)
Informació:Viking (2019), 368 pages
Col·leccions:USMC / Military / PME / History, La teva biblioteca, Llegint actualment
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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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Quite astonishing true story of courage, determination, and sheer chutzpah! Virginia Hall, an American socialite, becomes one of the most daring and successful leaders of the Resistance in WWII France. This book is very well written and kept me fully engaged throughout. I walk away in awe of her courage and wishing her story was better known! ( )
  hemlokgang | Feb 23, 2021 |
Amazing history well told. If you are interested in real spy accounts or France during the Nazi occupation you will love this book. Sometimes it takes the right kind of person at the right time to make a difference. Virginia Hall was the right person. ( )
  ikeman100 | Feb 3, 2021 |
What a fascinating woman, doing amazing work while stuck having to deal with men who cannot accept her as who she is. But even with the awareness of that, some of the language of this narrative falls into the same stereotyping trap.
Still, hoping someone will turn her story into a movie. ( )
  WiebkeK | Jan 21, 2021 |
Excellent with periods of non-interesting review. Good narrator for audiobook ( )
  marshapetry | Jan 17, 2021 |
Fantastic non-fiction story. Virginia Hall is my latest female hero!! If you love spy novels, this is even better since its true. ( )
  kheders | Oct 19, 2020 |
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"The never-before-told story of one woman's heroism that changed the course of the Second World War In 1942, the Gestapo sent out an urgent transmission: "She is the most dangerous of all Allied spies. We must find and destroy her." This spy was Virginia Hall, a young American woman--rejected from the foreign service because of her gender and her prosthetic leg--who talked her way into the spy organization dubbed Churchill's "ministry of ungentlemanly warfare," and, before the United States had even entered the war, became the first woman to deploy to occupied France. Virginia Hall was one of the greatest spies in American history, yet her story remains untold. Just as she did in Clementine, Sonia Purnell uncovers the captivating story of a powerful, influential, yet shockingly overlooked heroine of the Second World War. At a time when sending female secret agents into enemy territory was still strictly forbidden, Virginia Hall came to be known as the "Madonna of the Resistance," coordinating a network of spies to blow up bridges, report on German troop movements, arrange equipment drops for Resistance agents, and recruit and train guerilla fighters. Even as her face covered WANTED posters throughout Europe, Virginia refused order after order to evacuate. She finally escaped with her life in a grueling hike over the Pyrenees into Spain, her cover blown, and her associates all imprisoned or executed. But, adamant that she had "more lives to save," she dove back in as soon as she could, organizing forces to sabotage enemy lines and back up Allied forces landing on Normandy beaches. Told with Purnell's signature insight and novelistic panache, A Woman of No Importance is the breathtaking story of how one woman's fierce persistence helped win the war"--

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