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Madame Fourcade's Secret War
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Lynne Olson is the New York Times bestselling author of Last Hope Island: Britain, Occupied Europe, and the Brotherhood That Helped Turn the Tide of War; 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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"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. France, slow to confront the stain of Vichy, would do well to finally honor a fighter most of us would want in our foxhole."--The New York Times Book Review

"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 "Lynne Olson has added yet another brilliant chapter to her vital historical project: documenting the extraordinary efforts of individuals, such as spymaster Marie-Madeleine Fourcade, who helped liberate twentieth-century Europe from Nazi occupation. Much like Madame Fourcade herself, Olson goes to great lengths to unearth truth and preserve dignity for those who lived and died during Hitler's reign of terror--and for that, both the author and her daring subject deserve high praise."--Former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright "The organizational genius of Fourcade shines through tales of her cat-and-mouse game with the Gestapo, including multiple daring escapes from Nazi captivity. As well researched and engrossing as her previous books, showcasing her adroit ability to weave personal narratives, political intrigue, and wartime developments to tell a riveting story, Olson's latest is highly recommended to readers interested in World War II, the history of espionage, women's history, and European history."--Library Journal (starred review) "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 honors Fourcade's fight for freedom and her 'refusal to be silenced' with a gripping narrative that will thrill WWII history buffs."--Publishers Weekly (starred review) "Incredibly 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."--Booklist (starred review) "Lynne Olson has long been among my favorite historians, and in Madame Fourcade's Secret War, she's written the most gripping account of Second World War spycraft I've ever read. The story of Marie-Madeleine Fourcade is staggering in its scope and detail, and utterly enthralling from scene to nail-biting scene. This is serious history told with all the verve of fiction, and a vital corrective to the largely male Resistance narrative. . . . An absolute must-read not just for history buffs, but for anyone who cares about human courage."--Beatriz Williams, New York Times bestselling author of The Summer Wives

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