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Odette: World War Two's Darling Spy

Penny Starns
# UQ6142 Paperback, 247 pages; 2018 (2009)
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Born and raised in France, Odette Brailly believed her greatest adventure would be marriage to an Englishman and life as a wife and mother in London. But when World War II broke out and the Nazis took control of her beloved France, Odette enlisted in the war effort—as a spy. An agent for Britain's Special Operations Executive smuggled behind enemy lines in France, Odette was ultimately betrayed to the Gestapo in 1943, interrogated and tortured, then deported to the notorious Ravensbrück concentration camp. She narrowly survived, becoming a media sensation on both sides of the English Channel and receiving the George Cross and the Legion of Honor. And yet by the late 1950s, Odette found herself under fire from politicians and fellow former spies alike, as they leveled decidedly gendered attacks against her character and her service. This brisk biography is peppered with excerpts from Odette's own writings and interviews, creating an engaging portrait of a true hero. (KG)
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