Madame Fourcade’s Secret War by Lynne Olson Review 2019

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“Fast-paced and impressively researched . . . Olson writes with verve and a historian’s authority.”—The New York Times Book Review

Strong-willed, independent, and a lifelong rebel against her country’s conservative, patriarchal society, Marie-Madeleine Fourcade was temperamentally made for the job. 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 intelligence—including 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-Day—as Alliance. The Gestapo pursued them relentlessly, capturing, torturing, and executing hundreds of its three thousand agents, including Fourcade’s own lover and many of her key spies. Both times she managed to escape—once by slipping naked through the bars of her jail cell—and 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.

Praise for Madame Fourcade’s Secret War

“In Madame Fourcade’s Secret War, Lynne Olson tells one of the great stories of the French Resistance, a story of one woman’s courage amid great danger, a story of heroism, defiance, and, ultimately, victory.”—Alan Furst, author of A Hero of France

 

Madame Fourcade's Secret War by Lynne Olson Review 2019

Madame Fourcade’s Secret War by Lynne Olson Review 2019

 

Review

“Fast-paced and impressively researched . . . Olson writes with verve and a historian’s authority. . . . With this gripping tale, Lynne Olson pays [Marie-Madeleine Fourcade] what history has so far denied her

“A brilliant, cinematic biography of resistance leader Marie-Madeleine Fourcade . . .

“Incredibly absorbing and long-overdue . . .

The story of Marie-Madeleine Fourcade is staggering in its scope and detail, and utterly enthralling from scene to nail-biting scene.

About the Author

Lynne Olson Those Angry Days: Roosevelt, Lindbergh, and America’s Fight Over World War II, 1939–1941; and Citizens of London: The Americans Who Stood with Britain in Its Darkest, Finest Hour. Among her five other books is Troublesome Young Men: The Rebels Who Brought Churchill to Power and Helped Save England. Lynne Olson lives with her husband in Washington, D.C.
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Chapter 1

Leaping into the Unknown

In one corner, Georges, her brother-in-law, was deep in discussion with a cluster of male guests.

Her attention wandering, Marie-Madeleine glanced around the room.

She caught the eye of Georges, who beckoned to her.

To all these warnings, government officials and the top military command had paid little heed.

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