Title: Madame Fourcade's Secret War: the daring young woman who led France's largest spy network against Hitler
By: Lynne Olson
Call #: 940.5486 Olson.L
Here is yet another tale of unsung heroism and the role of women being often discounted by both allies and enemies in times of war. Marie-Madeleine Fourcade was a beautiful Parisian socialite in her mid-20s at the start of World War II. She was a smart, independent minded person and was in the perfect position to take on intelligence work. She was separated from her husband, well connected, adaptable, her two small children were well cared for by her parents and nannies, and, most of all, she believed to her core that France must resist and undermine the horrid Nazi regime that had taken over her beloved country. She had a uncanny ability to charm and persuade others of her social circle to join up with the resistance and take leadership roles. She had superb organizational skills and displayed a measure of daring and bravery that advanced the Allies’ cause immeasurably. Olson clearly loved writing about this amazing, little-known woman, and the style is clean, well-researched. She offers us a real life spy thriller that keeps the reader turning pages.